Have you been denied entry to the United States for minor offences?

Canadian man denied entry to the United States

While Canadian laws against marijuana possession have become quite relaxed over the past few decades, imagine if it was 1967 and police discovered traces of marijuana in a pipe – in your home. You would be convicted of drug offences because of the laws of the time.

That was 44 years ago and not reflective in any way of society today, but just last month a man in this situation found himself denied entry to the United States because of that very conviction

If you have never traveled to the United States before and thought you’d have no problems crossing the border – think again. Even a seemingly old, tiny conviction such as the one we just described can result in you being denied entry to the United States.

Although today being denied entry to the United States is reserved for those convicted of crimes of “moral turpitude” (such as controlled substance trafficking and serious criminal activity), the most petty of offenses can still result in trouble at the border. But you do have options in order to get your case considered.

If you have been denied entry to the United States because of your past, give us a call or email. We can explain these options to you. Contact us at the form to the right!

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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