Woman denied US visa due to depression
December 2 , 2013
A Canadian woman was denied entry into the US for she had a history of mental illness. Ellen Richardson planned on flying to New York and going on a 10-day cruise after that. However, US custom officials cited an immigration law, according to which people can be denied visas if they appear to be a threat to themselves or others.
"I was so looking forward to getting away," Richardson said. "I'd even brought a little string of Christmas lights I was going to string up in the cabin."
The officials had information on her hospitalization for clinical depression and Richardson has hired a lawyer since "it's quite stunning they have that information."
She can't get a refund for the holiday.