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French skier in Colorado gets stay of deportation

March 17, 2015

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango Herald reports a French former pro skier who ran into immigration trouble after marrying a Durango man has been granted a 12-month stay of deportation.

Sonia Belouniss’s lawyer told the paper Monday even though more legal work needs to be done, the stay felt like a victory.

The former U.S. Pro skier, now a nurse in Durango, married David Wyatt after arriving in 2013 under rules allowing some foreigners to stay up to 90 days without applying for a visa.

When Belouniss was arrested last year on domestic violence and harassment charges that were dismissed, it was discovered that she had overstayed 22 days. She had started but not completed applying for permanent residency. She spent nearly a month in jail on immigration charges.

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