04 March 2011

US man deported after a Canadian Immigration clerical error

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A US citizen and long term resident of New Brunswick claims he was deported on Wednesday after travelling to the border to sort out a clerical error.

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A US man has been deported after an alledged clerical error with his annual Canada Visa renewal.

Jeff Curley, who is married to a Canadian with whom he has a 12-week-old baby and two teenage sons, said the clerical error was made when he renewed his annual Canada Visa in January.

A border official in St Stephen, New Brunswick, mistakenly entered the issue date for the permit in the section meant for the expiry date, but Mr Curley only noticed the mistake when he returned home to Saint John.

Mr Curley said he contacted the Canada Border Services Agency and was informed by Canada Immigration officials that he just had to ask for a reprint of the visa. However, when he arrived at the St. Stephen office on Wednesday, border officials kept him waiting three hours before informing him his application for residency had been refused.  He was then escorted across the border into the US immediately with only the clothes on his back and some change in his pocket. 

Mr Curley is now staying in a hotel in Calais, Maine, with his wife and baby while their two teenage sons are in Saint John with their grandmother.

The family has written to the Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about the matter as well exploring ways he can stay in Canada on a six-month visitor visa while the matter is resolved.

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