Why Was I Denied Access to the US?

For many years Canadians and Americans have had relatively easy access to each others’ countries through our borders. In most cases, all one has to do is display a valid passport to prove citizenship to be allowed entry to Canada or the United States.

However, increased border security in recent years has resulted in many Canadians being denied entry to the United States. It happens often, and it can come as quite an inconvenient shock if it happens to you.

Why would someone be denied access to the United States?

Some of the more common reasons for being denied access to the United States include having a criminal record (criminal inadmissibility) or having a health issue (medical inadmissibility).

If you have a Canadian criminal record, even if your offence is very old or “small”, you can be denied access to the United States. Also, if you have a health issue that the United States considers to be dangerous to society or a risk to social services, you could be denied access to the United States.

What can I do if I am denied access to the United States?

If you are denied entry to the United States you may be able to apply for a US Waiver of Inadmissibility. When you apply for a US Waiver of Inadmissibility, three major things will be considered:

1. Why you want to enter the United States.
2. The seriousness of your previous violations, if applicable.
3. The risk of harm to society if you do enter the United States.

Have you been denied access to the United States? We can help you determine what went wrong and help you apply for US Waivers. Contact us using the e-mail form on the right or give us a call! We have handled thousands of denial of entry cases.

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