Criminal Inadmissibility and the United States

Few people are aware they may be criminally inadmissible to the United States – that is, until the worst case scenario: They need to enter the United States and are unable to do so because of their criminality. If someone is criminally inadmissible to the United States, they are not allowed to enter the country and must turn around and go back where they came from if they attempt to. Entering The US with a Criminal Record

This type of situation can be extremely distressing and upsetting, while also being expensive and embarrassing. But this situation is avoidable! You can speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to determine if you are inadmissible to the United States because of criminal records. They can assess your case and determine if you can take action to explore your options – but you need to do this well in advance of your travel.

Applying for waivers to overcome criminal inadmissibility to the United States

If you want to overcome your criminal inadmissibility to the United States, you could consider applying for United States waivers of inadmissibility. These waivers will allow you to overcome your inadmissibility temporarily if you are approved by giving you a document that you must show every time you cross the border into the United States for the period in which it is valid – typically, about five years.

However, applying for one of these waivers is not an easy process. You need to provide the United States government with an astounding amount of supporting documentation. For example, you’ll need local court records about your offense, an RCMP certificate relating to your offense, while also needing to provide three different character references and a personal written statement. There are also application several forms you’ll need to fill out.

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