Why would someone be denied entry to the US?
Being denied entry to the United States is a serious matter, but it happens quite frequently. In fact, it often comes as a surprise to those individuals who are being denied entry that they were inadmissible at all. This is because there are so many different reasons that someone would be considered inadmissible to the United States.
Even Canadian citizens can be denied entry to the United States, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity or if you have lots of money – you can still be denied entry or put on the next flight home.
Why would I be denied entry to the United States?
Most often, someone is denied entry to the United States because they have a criminal record. Not all criminal records will cause a denial of entry to the United States, but if you do have a criminal record you should speak with a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as possible to check your admissibility to the US before you travel.
Aside from a criminal record, there are many other reasons why someone would be denied entry to the United States. For example, health, financial and immigration reasons.
If you have previously had immigration problems in the United States like overstaying a visa, misrepresenting yourself, or having been removed or deported previously, you could be denied entry to the United States.
If you have a health problem that could strain United States services or pose a threat to others such as an untreated mental health problem, a communicable illness or a drug addiction/history with drugs, you could be denied entry to the United States.
You could also be denied entry to the United States if the United States government suspects that you do not have enough money to fund the duration of your stay.
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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