Denied entry to New York in 2012?

If you’ve planned a big trip to New York City, you could be absolutely devastated if you’re denied entry to the United States because you have a criminal record that causes you to be criminally inadmissible. If this happens to you, you’ll have to turn around whether you’re at the airport or the border. In addition, all of your plans will be effectively cancelled. 

Don’t let this happen to you! While you can’t change things from your past, there are steps you can take to overcome your criminal inadmissibility to the United States.

Entering the United States with a Criminal Record

There is a long list of crimes that could render you inadmissible to the United States. To qualify, they must be in contravention to honestly and “good morals”, which means it’s a broad list. Just a few of these crimes that can cause you to be criminally inadmissible to the United States include drug-related offenses, DUIs, being a relative of a drug trafficker, theft, prostitution and being convicted of multiple crimes.

If you have a criminal record and want to visit the United States, you may apply for a United States Waiver of Inadmissibility, informally known as a US waiver. This waiver will waive away your inadmissibility on a temporary basis, usually about five years but sometimes less. If you are approved for one you will need to show it each and every time you attempt to enter the United States.

A United States waiver is not an easy document to get. After all, you are criminally inadmissible to the United States. Instead, you must provide the United States immigration officials with a lot of information and documentation about yourself and your criminal conviction, including all of your applicable court records, character references. an RCMP certificate, employment information, family information and a personal statement you’ve prepared.

The processing time for a US waiver application is between six and nine months, which is just another reason why it is a big advantage for you to consult with a licensed immigration lawyer before preparing your application. Avoiding mistakes and omissions will increase your chances of getting approved for a US waiver. Please contact us today at the phone number at the top of this page. You are closer than you think!

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