What Could Deny Entry to the U.S.?

There are a number if different personal circumstances that could deny you entry into the United States if you try to enter at the US-Canada border or at a US port of entry. These things include: 

Reasons for being denied entry to the United States

You have a medical problem that is a communicable disease, such as HIV or tuberculosis.
You are a danger to others because of a mental or physical disorder.
You have a history with drugs, or are considered to be a drug abuser or drug addict.
You are likely to use social services when you end up in the US.
You have a criminal conviction or criminal record in your history.
You have violated immigration laws or been convicted of fraud relating to the immigration system.

Medical problems and criminal histories are two of the main things that keep Canadians out of the United States. If you fall under these categories, you will need to apply for a sort of special permission to enter the United States for whatever reason.

This “special permission” comes in the form of a document called a United States waiver of inadmissibility.

When you apply for a US waiver of inadmissibility, it forces US immigration officials to take a closer look at your personal circumstances. They will consider why you want to enter the United States, how serious your criminal convictions were and if you present a danger to the United States and its people if you were to be allowed in.

The waiver will be good for five years and you will need to show it every time you enter the country as long as it is valid. However, the immigration officer in charge might choose to make your waiver valid for a shorter period of time.

Please note that no matter what your reason for being denied entry to the United States, it is not easy to get around being denied entry. Professional help in the form of a licensed immigration attorney will make a big difference!

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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