Why Was I Denied Entry To The United States?

People are denied entry to the United States for a variety of reasons – to some, it comes as a big surprise. Usually, a criminal record or a health concern are the two main reasons why someone may be denied entry to the United States.

Denied entry to the United States because of criminal record

You can be denied entry to the United States due to a criminal record. In general, criminal convictions that can result in your being denied entry to the United States can include controlled substance trafficking, convictions of sentences with a combined sentence of 5 or more years and prostitution, otherwise defined as “crimes of moral turpitude”.

There are some exceptions to these criminal convictions. Denied Entry to US

Denied entry to the United States for health reasons

If you have a health condition that could result in yourself being a danger to others, you may be denied entry to the United States. These health conditions include communicable diseases and health problems that may cause you to hurt others.

What you can do when denied entry to the United States

Canadians can apply for US waivers if they have been denied entry to the United States. These waivers can help the visa officers better understand your person circumstances and review your case.

You will have to obtain an RCMP certificate and local court records that detail your offence, as well as create a personal statement that explains the circumstances of the offence. In addition, you will need supporting documentation of your ties to Canada (employment, assets, family, for example) as well as up to three character references. In the case of a previous narcotics conviction, you may need to pass a drug test.

If you’ve been denied entry to the United States for health reasons or because of a criminal record, contact one of our immigration lawyers. We would be happy to help you get your application package together in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being allowed into the United States.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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