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Episode 4: Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the United States

Podcast posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Inadmissibility Issues and Waivers, Criminal Inadmissibility and Podcast

Episode 4: Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility to Enter Canada or the United States

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One of the most stressful issues for people traveling to Canada or the United States is criminal inadmissibility. DUIs, an assault, possession of marijuana convictions even 30 or 40 years old can cause you to be deemed inadmissible to enter at the border.

Do you want to travel for vacation?

Does your job require you to travel?

Have you ever been fingerprinted, charged or convicted?

Today, criminal records on digital. Historically, records were on microfiche. Now, Canadian and U.S. immigration agencies are sharing electronic criminal data. As a result, your file can be flagged at the border, even if you haven't been charged yet or have not been convicted.

At Ackah Law, our practice receives calls every from Americans and Canadians who have been stopped from crossing the border:

  • I'm a retired Canadian who vacations every year in the U.S. and this year I can't enter due to a DUI in my 20s.
  • I travel to Canada several times a year and this time I was not allowed to cross the border.
  • I have a conviction for marijuana use in my history, but now it is legal. Will I have a problem at the border?

Immigration laws and policies can be confusing, and they change frequently. Criminal inadmissibility laws are different in Canada and the United States, and the border agent has discretion to review your file and decide whether to admit you. An immigration lawyer can research your case and help you file for a waiver, be deemed rehabilitated or identify a compelling reason why you need to travel, such as work or a family emergency. A waiver may last for only one year, or for several years - each case is unique.

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As the founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law, I have practiced immigration law for 20 years. In my podcast, I answer your questions about moving to Canada for work, for family, for life.

Each month I discuss an important topic in immigration and answer your questions. I will also invite immigration and cross-border business guest experts on the podcast.

I started this podcast to share what I know about immigration law and help you make the best possible decisions about immigration. In this episode I explain my background, and why I'm passionate about immigration law.

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Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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Many thanks for the great news. I and my family are extremely happy and extremely thankful for the devotion and sincerity with which you processed this case. It was a complex case and without your special attention, things might not have this great outcome as we have. We will be submitting our passports on Sunday to the embassy as per instructions in the letter and I will keep you updated on the progress. Many thanks once again and looking forward to see you folks soon.

– A.A.

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