Canadian citizen going to day spa in US turned away – needs immigrant visa

Canadian citizen Manpreet Kooner was on her way to a day spa in Vermont when she was stopped at the US border. The 30-year-old Montreal resident, who works at a science lab, was held for six hours before being denied entrance into the US.

Kooner, who was born and raised in Canada by parents who come from India, was told she needed an immigrant visa. The two friends she was traveling with, both white, did not have a problem.

"I'm speechless," Kooner said to CBC news. "There are no answers."

According to CBC:

Kooner's story is the latest in a string of recent tales involving Canadian travellers scrutinized or turned away by U.S. border agents.

Last month, for instance, a woman from the Montreal suburb of Brossard said she was denied entry after being fingerprinted, photographed and questioned in detail about her religion and her views on Trump.

Kooner was reluctant to attribute her situation to racism, but said friends who have reached out to her say that could be the case.

"People have said we need to take that into account here, because unfortunately, yeah, my skin colour is brown," she said.

This actually wasn't the first time Kooner was stopped at the border. Last December she was pulled over at the border for a random check, and then turned away because of a computer problem. She was allowed in the US the following day. Her mother was also turned away last summer, without any apparent reasons.

Kooner says the idea of crossing the border now makes her sick.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Jeff Nelson

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  1. ...and if she didn't have any bad feelings towards Trump, she probably does now. Not to mention what she must think of America. Way to make us great.

  2. True. My partner did that as our Brexit-avoidance strategy.

    No, my partner successfully applied for Irish citizenship last year, about twenty years after her grandparents died.

    If it makes a difference, the formal situation is that the children of an Irish citizen qualify, and their children (even if the middle generation hasn't applied) - and my partner's parents are still alive.

    Same here. We were planning to visit for August's eclipse, but not any more.

  3. Except that Canada and Zimbabwe do not share the longest undefended border in the world. Canada and the US do.

    I know Canadians who are used to doing their weekly grocery shopping in the US. This is a major shift.

  4. And on the Govt of Canada website it clearly states you need a visa if you're visiting Canada from Zimbabwe.

    Whereas the US Govt site says this:

    Citizens of Canada do not require visas for travel to the United States

    So while I understand its totally annoying that one would need a visa for a stopover, its not really the same.

    I do wonder what is going to happen to all the snowbirds? There's 80k members in the Canadian Snowbird Association, and thats just the registered ones.

  5. It is going to take years to fix the social destruction that fuck-stick SOCPOTUS is causing.

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