I was denied entry to the United States, am I flagged?

If you’ve recently been denied entry to the United States, it can come as quite an unpleasant shock. Many people don’t realize that they can be denied entry to the United States for a number of reasons, and they may not understand why they themselves have been denied entry. Entering United States with a Criminal Record

Someone who is denied entry to the United States is not necessarily flagged, however there are circumstances in which they may not be able to enter the United States for security reasons. Canada and the United States have recently signed an information sharing agreement, which means if you are a Canadian citizen the United States will have access to information about you. Previous immigration violations or a criminal record can raise red flags, resulting in your being denied entry.

What to do when you are denied entry to the United States

If you are denied entry to the United States, the most important thing you need to do is to find out why you have been denied entry. Talking with a licensed immigration lawyer is a great place to begin, because they can help you understand why you’ve been denied and what you can do about it. For example, someone who is criminally inadmissible has the option of applying for a United States waiver of inadmissibility. There are also other waivers available for different types of inadmissibility.

A waiver of inadmissibility is not an easy document to get, but it may be the only chance you have to enter the United States. The waiver is generally good for five years, although it could be for less because it depends on the immigration officer. You will be required to display this waiver whenever you enter the United States.

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