The United States is an extremely common stopover point when you are traveling by airplane to any destination around the world. Even though you will just be inside of an airport and not actually going out into the United States, you may need to take extra steps if you would ordinarily be inadmissible to the United States. Screen Shot 2012 09 15 at 8.16.17 PM 300x219 Who can stop over in Denver?

Who is inadmissible to the United States?

There is a long list of criteria that could cause someone to be denied entry into the United States. Most of them have to do with medical issues or criminal records, but include:

– Committing immigration fraud or immigration violations.
– Being the immediate family member who is a drug trafficker and having benefited from their money.
– Having participated in genocide or being a Nazi.
– Having been previously deported or removed from the United States.
– Being a drug abuser (using drugs more than once within the last three years would qualify)
– Being likely to go on welfare
– Having a contagious disease
– Having a criminal record for multiple crimes.
– Being a polygamist.

As you can see, many different types of people are inadmissible to the United States and might not even know it. If you are inadmissible to the United States and your travel itinerary will have a stopover in the United States, you’ll need a US Waiver. In addition if your need for travel is very urgent you could apply for humanitarian parole. If your criminal conviction is very, very small you could also obtain a petty offence exception.

If you need to stop over in the United States and think you might be inadmissible or know you are inadmissible, contact a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as you know you will be traveling through the US. There are several different options and whichever one is best for you depends on your specific circumstances.

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