A Virginia couple, with ties to New Brunswick, has finally been given word from the federal government that they can move to Saint John after more than a year of silence from Ottawa.

Jodi Munn, who is from New Brunswick, and Jefferson Quitazol have new jobs waiting for them as nurses in Saint John, but their move had been held up as they were waiting for the required immigration papers to be finalized.

Quitazol applied for permanent resident status in 2012 and earlier this year his immigration application was deemed "decision made."

But Munn, who has been working in the United States since 2006, said they had not been told by the Canadian government if their immigration papers were approved or denied.

That all changed once she shared her family's story with the CBC last week.

Munn said she got assurance from the federal government on the weekend that their immigration papers were on their way. 

She said she is not sure why they had been in immigration limbo for months.

Munn and Quitazol will be moving to New Brunswick with their 10-month-old daughter in the next few months.

Munn said their new jobs with the Horizon Health Network start on June 1.