U.S Entry Waivers
Have you been denied entry to the United States or have troubles entering the United States? If yes, you will need a US entry waiver to enter into the United States.
US Entry Waivers (Applications for Advance Permission to Enter as Non-Immigrant) allow people who have been convicted of a criminal offence or have misrepresented to the US Customs Border and Protection Agency to legally enter the United States. Normally the waiver is valid for up to 5 years upon issuance and must be renewed after the expiration date. Inadmissibility to the United States can affect your personal freedom if you are travelling for leisure, employment or for a business purpose.
If you have a criminal conviction?
You may need a US Entry Waiver to enter the United States if you have a criminal record in another country (ie: Canada or elsewhere). Canada and the United States law enforcement agencies share information on their police databases regarding people who have been convicted of a criminal offence. Some people find that on occasion they can enter into the US without being refused, yet on other occasions they may be denied entry. This inconsistency occurs when busy border officials do not have the time to run proper records checks of every visitor screened at a port of entry crossing either by land, sea or air.
If you are inadmissible to the United States and you do attempt to cross the border, you are committing a serious offence, which can result in you being permanently barred from entering the United States and face criminal charges. Anyone who is travelling with you can also face stiff penalties for aiding and abetting a person with criminal charges. This can lead to them becoming inadmissible too or being flagged upon future entries. If you have a criminal record and have received a full discharge of your conviction and obtained a pardon, you would still need to apply for a US Entry Waiver. Pardons are not recognized in the United States and you would still need to apply for a US Entry Waiver once your Pardon has been granted.
If you have misrepresented to the US Customs Border and Protection Agency:
The definition of “misrepresentation” is holding back information when being examined or simply not telling the truth. US Customs and Border Protection officers (“CBP”) as well Canada Border Services Agency officers (“CBSA”) record and log information every time you are being examined when crossing the border.
If an officer is of the opinion that you are not telling the truth or withholding information, the following are grounds for denying you entry:
· if you have failed to declare items you have purchased or bringing to the United States
· if you have overstayed your visitor status in the United States
· if you are working or studying illegally without a proper work or study visa and have failed to disclose to a CBP officer
· if you have not provided adequate truthful information about yourself upon examination by a CBP officer
The CBP officer at his/her discretion has a right to deny you entry into the United States if the finding is misrepresentation. You may also be barred from entering on a permanent basis. To overcome being inadmissible to the United States based on misrepresentation, you will need to apply for a US Entry Waiver.
If you have been denied entry or inadmissible to the United States, a US Entry Waiver will help you regain entry. FP Immigration & Associates will assist you in applying for a US Entry Waiver. If you are unsure as to whether you need to apply for a US Entry Waiver, please contact our office and speak to one of our immigration professionals.