Have you been denied entry to the USA? You’re not alone. Since 9/11, more and more people are being turned away at the border. Below, we’re going to explore what you can do if you’ve been denied entry to the United States and the various options that are open to you.
There are many reasons why an individual might be denied entry into the United States. They include the following:
Other less common reasons to be denied entry to the USA include being suspected of having an infectious disease, or not proving that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the country, as finding employment would violate the terms of your tourist visa.
According to the US Customs and Borders Protection: “If the visitor does not appear to have the means to support themselves while here, any alternative arrangements – such as a sponsor who will be paying all expenses – should be clearly identified and substantiated by the CBP Officer.”
If you’ve been denied entry to the USA for any reason, it’s important not to panic – the first thing you need to do is contact us. Our trained and qualified immigration experts can provide you with professional advice.
Worried about being denied entry due to a previous criminal conviction? The Globe and Mail has some advice: “Even in the event you’re turned away that day, there’s still hope. You may be able to apply for a Nonimmigrant Waiver of Inadmissibility to the United States. Or you may have to come back with court records demonstrating that the inadmissibility provisions of the US Immigration and Nationality Act don’t apply in your case.”
Even if you don’t technically count as inadmissible, you may still need an advance assessment by the US Customs and Border Protection Admissibility Review Office.
If you’ve been denied entry to the USA, the absolute worst course of action would be to try gaining entry at a different border crossing with the idea that you’ll have a better chance with a different immigration officer – it doesn’t work that way, and will be incredibly detrimental to your case.
This is because immigration data (including denied admissions) is updated and accessed within a centralized database. In fact, if you take this extremely foolish course of action, you could run the risk of never being accepted into the United States again in your life. Is it worth it? We think not.
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