What Happens if I am Denied Entry to the United States?


Being denied entry to the United States can be a very frustrating and embarrassing experience! Unfortunately, if you are a Canadian citizen who has a medical problem or a criminal record, it could happen to you. It happens every day!

What are my options?

The next step if you have been denied entry to the United States or fear you will be denied entry to the United States based on a past criminal record is to apply for a United States Waiver of Inadmissibility, or a US waiver.

When you apply for a US waiver, the government will consider:

The risk of harm to society if you are admitted into the United States.
How serious your criminal conviction was, if applicable.
Why you want to enter the United States.

To apply for a US waiver of inadmissibility, you will first have to obtain all of the information you can about your criminal conviction, via an RCMP certificate and local court records of your offence.

You will also need to prepare a personal statement about your criminal conviction and the circumstances surrounding the offence.

Next, there are two separate application forms that need to be completed: the I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant and the G-325A Biographic Information forms.

After this, you will also need to include character references (up to three are recommended) and information about your ties to Canada to prove you will not overstay in the United States.

If your criminal conviction is drug related, you will then require a drug test and proof from your doctor that you passed it.

If you are applying for a US waiver of inadmissibility, you need to know that they are very difficult to obtain and many are denied each year. We have handled thousands of denied entry to the United States cases, and can set you up for the best chance of success with your application. Please call us today.

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