'Inexcusable': Immigation issues force American woman to leave husband, farm in Port Williams

Wendy Elliott welliott@kingscountynews.ca
Published on January 4, 2017

Adam and Courtney Webster hope to sell their produce again this season at the Wolfville Farmers Market if her immigration issues are eased.


PORT WILLIAMS NS – Young farmer Courtney Webster has had to leave Nova Scotia for Florida due to immigration complications.


The Port Williams-area resident left Canada on Dec. 31 - three months after her last permit expired - says her husband of three years, Adam Webster.

Adam believes his wife was being treated very indifferently by the immigration officers that looked at her application.

“I think this is inexcusable especially for a province that is in desperate need of people,” he said.

The young couple reached out to the prime minister, Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison, the premier, the immigration minister and an immigration lawyer for aid. Now a Go Fund Me page has been started to assist them with related costs.

The Websters, who met a decade ago, operate Olde Furrow Farm on Belcher Street. They specialize in non-spray produce.

While studying horticulture at the Nova Scotia Community College and contributing to the farm, Courtney said via email that she has attempted to follow Immigration Canada dictates to achieve permanent residency.

Her hope is to obtain a new U.S. passport and attempt to regain entry into Canada. They have already spent over $1,000 on fees and professional advice.

“If there is anyone that should be immigrating to Canada, it's her - she's extremely hard working, has strong morals and has become tightly interwoven into the community here. She belongs here with me and the lack of care that is being shown to her is very discouraging,” said Adam

Reaching out to various politicians, Adam added, was frustrating. Each one “referred us to each other or replied that there was nothing they could do.”

He said the lawyer they met with indicated the application Courtney had applied for had an average processing time of seven years and “was not the best one for us: information that would have been very useful when we were inquiring with immigration officers at the beginning of this whole process.

“We are two people in love who just want to live and farm together, and this process has been wearing us down financially as well as emotionally. It shouldn't be this difficult,” Adam said.

Go online: https://www.gofundme.com/olde-furrow-farmers