OKC Philharmonic violinist denied residency during pandemic

Supporters put 'Angelica deserves to stay' signs in front yard


Angelica Pereira is an Oklahoma City Philharmonic violinist, who arrived at Oklahoma City University 12 years ago on a full scholarship.

Despite her contributions to the city, Angelica’s petition for permanent residency was denied.

“If this horrible difficult situation that I'm being put through is worth anything, it's worth that experience,” Pereira said. “Maybe the people who looked at it (do not) understand maybe a musician's profession and how we work.”

As soon as she received the denial, she booked a flight to return to Colombia.

"In order to prove that I don't want to break the law," Pereira said. But her flight was canceled due to COVID-19.

“You cannot plan ahead at all. You're just frozen in time,” she said.

In the meantime, her community is advocating for her to stay in Oklahoma. They've even posted lawn signs saying, "Angelica deserves to stay."

“I've never felt so loved and supported ever in my entire life,” Pereira said.