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.