Can You Be Denied Entry to the US for Criminal Record?

The United States Customs and Border Protection officers are in charge of making sure they they keep the United States safe by preventing people who may pose a security risk from entering the country. As such, they have the discretion to deny entry to individuals who they feel do not meet the requirements for admissibility to the United States.

Denied Entry to the US Due to Criminal Record

Denied entry to the US

Having a criminal record is one reason why people are denied entry to the United States on occasion. Not all criminal records will cause you to be denied entry, but if you have a criminal record you should be worried if you expect to travel.

However, someone with a criminal record who has or will likely be denied entry to the United States does have options.

Options For Denied Entry To The United States

Did you know that you have options when you are denied entry to the United States? If you have a criminal record , you could be eligible to apply for a United States waiver of inadmissibility. This will ensure that you are able to enter the United States, and the waiver is typically good for a five year period. It must be displayed every time you enter the United States.

However, United States waivers of inadmissibility are not easy to obtain. You must ensure that you have adequate time before you need to travel, because these applications can take several months (or even up to a year) to be processed.

Get Help Before Entering The U.S. With a Criminal Record

In addition, the United States immigration officials will need to be given a significant amount of documentation regarding your life in Canada and your original offense to make them feel that you meet the requirements for the waiver. Do you need help entering the United States? Book your immigration consultation online now.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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