Deported expat returns home to Belgium
6 March 2006, BRUSSELS — A 32-year-old Belgian woman who spent a month and a half in a US prison landed at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Saturday.
6 March 2006
BRUSSELS — A 32-year-old Belgian woman who spent a month and a half in a US prison landed at Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Saturday.
Vicky Vannerom, of Zottegem, was arrested on 26 January near Boston and detained in prison for working in the US while on a student visa.
Vannerom had lived for 12 years in the US, following her boyfriend of the time to Boston, where she studied marketing.
When her relationship ended, Vannerom stayed in the US on her student visa. She then sought and found work as a nanny for the twins of an engineer to pay for her studies.
Her visa was valid until June, but working while on a student visa in the US is illegal. In October, Vannerom was issued a repatriation order.
But ignoring the order, Vannerom was arrested in January and detained to await her deportation.
"After 12 years in the US, I now need to start from zero in Belgium," Vannerom told commercial broadcaster VTM on Saturday.
"I still want to go back, but I may not enter the country for the next 10 years."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news