With literally hundreds of thousands of people crossing the border between Canada and the United States every single day, the border officials on the Canadian and American sides have very busy jobs. They must keep our borders secure and prevent people who pose a security risk to either country from entering via the border or the airport.
Unfortunately, sometimes people who don’t really deserve to be labelled a security risk are denied entry to either country, often because they have a criminal record. This criminal record may be for something that is relatively insignificant or for something that occurred a lifetime ago, but that does not matter to the border officials. They can still deny you entry to the United States or deny you entry to Canada.
Options when you are denied entry to the US or Canada
Fortunately, you are not without options if you are deemed to be inadmissible to the United States or to Canada.
The most common reason, a criminal record, can be overcome in several ways. While this is not easy, it is an option. Someone who is inadmissible to the United States due to a criminal record may be eligible to apply for a United States waiver of inadmissibility, for example, which will allow them to enter the United States for a temporary period of time.
Someone who is inadmissible to Canada for the same reason could apply for criminal rehabilitation, which will remove the inadmissibility completely. Or, they could also apply for a temporary resident permit to temporarily overcome their inadmissibility if they need to enter Canada urgently.
None of these options are easy, and some are quite time consuming. Speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to determine whether or not you have options regarding your inadmissibility to the United States or Canada.
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