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House-sitters beware: Your trip could end at a border crossing

CA, 09 Dec 2022
Madolline Gourley had house-sat in the United States many times without a hitch, but coming to Canada was not in the cards.

The 32-year-old from Brisbane, Australia found a website and lifestyle that allowed her to explore other countries less expensively than someone else who would need to find paid accommodation along the way.

Gourley signed up with TrustedHousesitters, a U.S. company that puts would-be house-sitters together with those who would like someone to stay at their home, typically to care for pets when they’re away.

In the last few years, Gourley made several house-sitting trips, mostly to the United States. But in June, Gourley ran into a roadblock during a house-sitting trip to Canada. When she landed in Los Angeles to connect onward on a different flight, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers would not admit her.

Gourley said she was taken out of the normal processing line and questioned by more than one officer. Finally, Gourley says she was told her planned house-sitting trip made her inadmissible.

Global's Sean O'Shea reports.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/9332448/house-sitter-border-troubles/

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