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Cross-border trips and criminal records

Cross-border trips and criminal records

Since the events of September 11, 2001, American Authorities’ measures as per entry requirements are significantly higher, especially if you have a criminal record, which can be a convincing inadmissibility factor. For this purpose, the American Legislation (Immigration and Nationality Act) classifies criminal records in various categories. Among others:

Crimes of moral turpitude: Intrinsically bad, such as violence resulting in injury or causing death; crimes of dishonesty or fraud, and so on. However, common assaults and mischiefs fall outside this definition.

Drugs: In these cases, Immigration Services adopt a “Zero Tolerance” position and the inadmissibility resulting from it may be extended to the spouse and children of anyone charged with a drug related offense.

Moralities: Activities related to prostitution and vice commercialization. Anyone engaging in such crimes will be turned back at customs if the activities were perpetrated less than 10 years ago.

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eTA, you know about that?

It is simply the acronym representing Electronic Travel Authorization, which came into force on November the 9th, 2016. This requirement costs only 7 $ CAD and can be approved within minutes of applying. It was made specifically for visa-exempted foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Of course, Canadian citizens, including dual citizens and Canadian permanent residents, cannot apply for an eTA.

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