Jilted bride wants husband deported
A young woman from Victoria, B.C., says she's a victim of marriage fraud and is trying to get her estranged husband kicked out of the country.
Kara Dhaliwall met Sunny Kanda while on a trip in India last August. She says she fell in love and they got married the next month.
Nearly a year later, her love story has become a nightmare.
"The person that I fell in love with doesn't exist," she told CTV News. "It's like it's not him now."
After her marriage, Dhaliwall returned to Canada. She then began the process of getting her husband a spousal visa, which she claims he received in April.
But a few days later, Dhaliwall says she received a call from a woman who had been introduced to her as Kanda's cousin.
"She said, ‘He's here and we want you to sign some papers and get money,'" Dhaliwall explained.
When Dhaliwall asked the woman on the phone what type of papers she meant, she said divorce papers and ones showing she has received money.
Dhaliwall refused and demanded to speak to her husband.
"He didn't even tell me his ticket was booked," she said. "We talked ‘til the day he left and emailed and everything."
Dhaliwall later confirmed with Canada Border Services that her husband had already arrived in Canada. She's now hoping he will get deported back to India.
She says she tracked her husband to a home in Richmond. CTV News knocked at the door on Tuesday, but no one answered.
CTV News also tried contacting the lawyer believed to be representing Kanda, but were told he was not available.
Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland says visa officers should have the option of issuing temporary resident visas that would need to be renewed every 90 days.
"That allows the couple to test their love in Canada, gives access to Canada temporarily. Unlike a permanent resident, you do not have access to an appeal route and dilatory removal processes," Kurland said.
"A visa officer needs an additional tool. They don't want to say no, they don't want to say, carte blanche, yes."
Dhaliwall feels blindsided by the ordeal.
"You never think it's going to happen to you," she said. "I guess he said all the right things to me that I wanted to hear."
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber