Can you be refused entry to the US

Yes, it is possible to be refused entry to the United States. There is a very, very long list of reasons why someone could be denied entry to the United States, primarily crimes of moral turpitude. This is a very old term that includes crimes like prostitution, being convicted of multiple crimes, being a drug trafficker or essentially doing anything that is dishonest and contrary to what society deems acceptable. If you have a criminal record, it is likely you could be denied entry to the United States.

Even if you have not committed a crime yourself but it is apparent you have a family member who was a drug trafficker – for example – and knowingly benefited from the proceeds of their crimes, you could be denied entry to the United States. Violating immigration laws, previous overstays and serious offences like human rights violations are also causes of being refused entry to the United States.

If you have not yet tried to enter the Untied States with your criminal record but need to, you could speak with an immigration lawyer. They’ve seen it all and can definitely tell you if you have a good chance of being denied entry to the United States. But, they can also help you get into the United States depending on your crimes.

Applying for a US waiver

If you are denied entry to the United States for criminal reasons or any other reason, there may be a US waiver of inadmissibility available for you. This is an option that is not available for every single reason for being denied entry to the United States, but you will likely be eligible with a criminal record.

Once your waiver application is received, the United States immigration officials will review it and determine if you pose a risk to the United States. They will not only review your application form, but an RCMP certificate, court records related to your case and a personal statement prepared by you, all of which you must include with your waiver.

A waiver can take several months to process fully, and you may end up waiting all of that time only to learn you’ve been denied for one. To avoid making any mistakes with your application and ensure you have the best chance of success, discuss your criminal case and waiver application with an immigration lawyer.

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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