Being Denied Entry to the US for a Criminal Record
Being denied entry to the United States can be a very distressing, surprising and unpleasant experience. It can even be embarrassing, provided you didn’t know you were inadmissible.
If you are declared inadmissible to the United States, it will not matter how much money you spent on your trip or if you have an urgent reason to go to the United States. There won’t be any wiggle room or compromise, and you’ll have to return home immediately.
But if you have been denied entry or are concerned that you will be denied entry in the future, you do have options.
United States Waivers of Inadmissibility
There are many, many reasons why someone can be denied entry to the United States. Some of these reasons for inadmissibility have United States waivers associated with them. One of the most common reasons for being denied entry to the United States is that you have a criminal record. Not all criminal records will result in your being denied entry, but if you have a criminal record it is something you should look into.
One of the best ways to look into whether you will be inadmissible to the United States is to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer, who can help you determine if you are inadmissible and need to take steps to correct it. There is a waiver of inadmissibility for those who are criminally inadmissible to the United States, provided you aren’t a mob boss or a terrorist.
Application Process for Inadmissibility
This application can be very long and complex. The United States government will need to know everything about the offense that led to you having a criminal record, and they will need to see court records and an RCMP certificate. They will also need a written personal statement from you about the incident, as well as documents that detail your life in Canada, like your job and your family.
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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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