Brooklyn, NY asked in Immigration Law for New York

Q: Hello, I had immigration problems with the USA back in 1980. Can I do 1 stop in the US if I need to travel to Canada?

I am a Canadian citizen and stuck where I'm at during covid. In order to go back home to Canada, I must do 1 or 2 stops in the US. I am nervous I might have some problems traveling back to Canada but need to come back home in Canada to visit my doctor and refill my medicine. Back in the 1980s I had some problems in the US and not sure if I can travel there. The issue is there is no direct flight where I'm at to Canada not until October and I need to get back but 1 or 2 stop I'm the US is a must in order to go to Canada at the moment.

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Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: You may be allowed to travel but you may be denied entry to the terminal beyond the boarding area. It is also possible there will be no questions.

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI

A: Travelers transiting in the U.S. to other countries are considered to be present in the U.S. no matter how short their stay is. If you are departing from an airport where you clear U.S. customs BEFORE you ever get on the plane then your American customs will determine your admissibility status prior to you arriving at your gate. Therefore if you are inadmissible to the country for any reason you will not be permitted anywhere near the airplane unless you have the proper documentation. Best to travel direct or obtain a waiver of inadmissibility (if you qualify). Best wishes!

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