What Happens When You Get Turned Away At the NYC Airport?

If you have a criminal record and attempt to enter the United States from Canada at the US-Canada border or at a United States port of entry such as an airport, it can be a distressing experience. denied entry

You will be told you cannot enter the United States and essentially be turned away. At an airport, you may be fingerprinted, photographed and then returned to the Canadian customs officials. You will be in the United States’ customs system, and will continue to flag the system when you try to enter the United States in the future.

While the United States has set definitions for the types of criminal offences that render someone criminally inadmissible to the United States, there are a broad definitions for other things that could make you inadmissible. For example, in 2011 the Toronto Star published an article about a Canadian lady who was denied entry to the US at the airport because of a suicide attempt from years ago. (This article is available here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/930110–canadian-woman-denied-entry-to-u-s-because-of-suicide-attempt).

Because of Canada and the United States’ information sharing policies, the United States was aware of this lady’s mental health concerns.

No matter how much money you’ve spent on non-refundable flight tickets, or how important your reasons for visiting the United States are, United States customs and border officials won’t budge. If you’re turned away at the US airport, you simply have to return to where you came from and will not get through.

You can take action and apply for a US waiver of inadmissibility to travel to the United States, but you must do this as soon as you know you are traveling to the Untied States. Contact us for more information. When we know the specifics of your case, we can help you figure out the best way for you to enter the United States and avoid being turned away at the airport.

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