Being Denied Entry to the United States for a Criminal Record

The United States has increased its border security in recent years, resulting in more restrictions as to who may enter the country and who may not. If you have a criminal record and try to cross the border, there is a very good chance that you will be denied entry to the United States.

What Happens When You Are Denied Entry to the United States?


When you are denied entry to the United States, you are deemed inadmissible to the country. As a result you could be put on the next flight home or you could be asked to turn around and leave.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve spent a lot of money on your trip to the United States, whether you have a pressing emergency to attend to or if you’ve got people waiting for you at the airport. If you’re denied entry, you will not be allowed to enter the United States.

What Are Your Options When Denied Entry to the United States?

If you have been denied entry to the United States due to a criminal record, you may be eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility, which is a special document that allows you to enter the United States despite being criminally inadmissible. This is a temporary document, and it must be displayed every time you enter the country.

If you have a criminal record and are worried about the possibility of being denied entry to the United States, you should speak with a licensed immigration lawyer. This is because the laws surrounding who is inadmissible to the United States are complex, and they can help you determine if you are in fact inadmissible. In addition, the application process for a United States waiver of inadmissibility is significant, and you will need assistance when you apply

Have You Been Denied Entry to the United States?

Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible before you travel if you have been deemed inadmissible to the US.  At VisaPlace, we can help you with your application process, feel free to book an online consultation or fill out our FREE online assessment form today!

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

2 thoughts on “Being Denied Entry to the United States for a Criminal Record

  1. Bailey

    Do they have direct access to all criminal records, I am from New Zealand and have a minor charge but don’t have time to get a visa so if I tick “no” on the esta will they know

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Bailey. You must always answer questions at the border truthfully and honestly. If you are found to be lying you could face a ban from entering the country.
      Regards, Muga


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