An American soldier who has been living in Canada with her family for the past five years must leave the country by Sept. 20 or be forcibly removed to the United States, the War Resisters Support Campaign tells Citynews.

Michelle Robidoux, a spokeswoman for the War Resisters Support Campaign, says Canada Border Services Agency notified Kimberly Rivera of the decision on Thursday.

Robidoux says that means the agency does not believe Rivera’s claims that she will face harsh penalties if she is deported to the U.S.

However, there is still no decision on Rivera’s humanitarian compassionate grounds claim.

Rivera, the first female U.S. war resister, fled to Canada in 2008 to avoid further military service.

She had initially arrived while on leave but then applied for refugee status.

The War Resisters Support Campaign says Rivera will face harsh penalties if she is ordered to return to the United States.

The group says two other Iraq war resisters who were deported, Robin Long and Clifford Cornell, faced year-long jail sentences upon their return.

Rivera lives in Toronto with her husband and four children.

Robidoux says Rivera is meeting with her lawyer Thursday to discuss her options.

Rivera did not comment on the ruling but is to hold a news conference Friday morning.

With files from CityNews