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A man from the United States who is married to a Canadian Citizen was deported from Canada last week because of what may be a clerical error. We have blogged here about a similar issue in the past where mistakes lead to deportation.
The issue date for the permit was mistakenly entered into the area for the expiry date, meaning the just-issued permit was expired – but the mistake wasn’t noticed until the man returned home to New Brunswick where he lives with his wife and three children.
Canada Border Services Agency told the man that all he needed was a reprint of the visa, but after a three hour wait at the Canada Border Services Agency office he was told his application (for permanent residency, which he submitted in 2005) was denied. Right away, he was brought back into the United States with only the clothes he was wearing and whatever money he had on him. He was not allowed to speak to his wife, who is his sponsor, before leaving and is not allowed to return to Canada for one year or he faces being arrested. His wife and youngest child have joined him in a hotel just outside the Canada-United States border in Maine, which borders New Brunswick.
The man has only found one possible reason for the application’s denial: he never went for a second medical examination, but was still told by border officials in January he could do it within the next six weeks and everything would be fine.
The family is currently looking into the possibility of getting the man a visitor visa while they straighten it out, and has also written to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
Immigration applications can take a very long time, as revealed in this situation. It is somewhat understandable that the man didn’t feel any urgency to getting a second medical exam (if that is the reason for deportation) after a 6-year wait and no notice of any kind in the mail about needing to get it done.
Our advice: Get it right by getting professional help!
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