Admissibility is the Controlling Concept in U.S. Immigration.
U.S. Immigration law requires most travelers to prove to immigration officers that they should be admitted. If an applicant cannot meet this burden of proof, they will not be admitted to the United States. Punitive actions such as the Expedited Removal (“5 year bar”) may also occur at the border, under certain circumstances.
You may find it difficult to enter the United States – be deemed “inadmissible” – if you have a foreign criminal record. Our office in Vancouver, BC, gives us a unique capacity to assist those dealing with this immigration issue. We have over a decade of experience and can help you apply for a waiver to admit you to the United States. Our cross-border practice helps us understand your immigration experience and advocate for your interests.
We can also help people who wish to apply for permanent residence but are inadmissible to the United States. People who are applying to immigrate to the United States based on a family petition or business may be eligible for a waiver of many grounds of inadmissibility. We have prepared many immigrant waiver applications and know how to advocate for our clients and demonstrate that they deserve permanent residence in the United States.
If you have been told that you are inadmissible, or think you might be inadmissible, contact us for a consultation. With offices on both sides of the border, we are experienced with denial of entry issues. We represent individuals who apply for waivers and exceptions to inadmissibility.
Grounds for inadmissibility may include:
- Criminal convictions or admissions of criminal conduct
- Failure to overcome presumed immigrant intent
- Prior unlawful presence in the United States
- Likelihood of becoming dependent on the United States welfare system
If you would like legal assistance, a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration attorney to discuss the details of your situation, gain an understanding of how the law operates, and work through issues and supporting documents to plan an immigration strategy.