Randy Quaid denied Canadian visa

- Posted in Canada by Dominicon 28 January 2013

Randy Quaid faces felony charges
should he return to the US.

Hollywood veteran Randy Quaid has been denied permanent residency in Canada after he tried to seek refuge there following a federal arrest warrant in his native US.

Mr Quad and his wife, Evi Quaid, fled to Canada last year after causing $5,000 (£3,200) of damage to a Californian home they were renting. American authorities refused to extradite the pair to face felony vandalism charges and so were permitted to remain in Canada.

However, the local authorities in Santa Barbara, California maintain that they will prosecute Mr Quaid and his wife should they return to the US.

The former Golden Globe winner petitioned to become a permanent resident of Canada late-last year but was refused as the actor does not have a passport.

Mr Quaid alleges he needs to stay in Canada to avoid 'Hollywood star-whackers' who have allegedly killed his friends David Carradine and Heath Ledger.

Celebrities taking up permanent residency in third countries has become newsworthy in recent months after French cinema star Gerard Depardieu was granted Russian residency by Vladimir Putin in order for the Frenchman to avoid paying the 75% tax rate.

However, it would appear Mr Quaid, who is the older brother of fellow Hollywood star Dennis Quaid, does not have enough clout with the Canadian immigration officials to warrant a special grant of permanent residency.

Mr Quaid, who is best known for his roles in screwball comedies such as National Lampoon's Vacation as well as a dramatic turn in Independence Day, has been granted leave to appeal the decision to the federal court.