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Can Anyone Help me with crossing the US Boarder?

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1. Posted by delsolman (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I am a Canadan Citizen and I was denied once going to the US, simply because I didn't have a return ticket. Gone are the days where we are treated like friendly neighbours. We used to be able to do that a few years ago and stay there as a visitor for 6 months. I'll spare the details, but needless to say I've met a lot of other Canadians, and people from around the world who have been held up for hours at a time, unnessecarily and have missed flights, had interrogations etc.

Now, okay fair enough I should have been more proactive and known that they needed a return flight. BUt everytime I cross the boarder, even when I am transfering planes in the US, I get interrogated and held for hours. They are asking for more and more informaiton, and I don't feel like I have any rights in that area of crossing. I am asked for personal bank statements and other documents proving that I work and live in Canada. Even when I prove all of this, I am still questioned if I am going to work in the US. Having my own online business, makes this whole process harder.

I'm going on vacation in December and I'm crossing thorugh the US to go to Mexico. I already have anxiety about crossing. Any ideas on what I could do, right now and be proactive in preventing another rude awakening?

I'm not sure which sector to speak to with US immigration.

Any responses much appreciated.


2. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Is there any way you could fly directly to Mexico without a stopover in US?

Otherwise, if you have an onward flight to Mexico, and it is just a stopover, I don't see why they would want to stop you from doing so. Show them that you're moving on to Mexico, and maybe if you want to argue for a stronger case for yourself, bring your latest bank statement and sufficient cash with you in hand too. If there is a local Chamber of Commerce (although you probably need to be a member), could you may get them to issue a letter saying you're a local entrepreneur or something similar?

Then again, who knows, as each immigration officer evaluates the situation differently.

Good luck!

3. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Dont mention any previous hassles at the border or they'll go into a feeding frenzy/

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I agree with lil_lil--either get a direct flight to Mexico--or a flight to Jamaica that transfers on to Mexico--or....

Get a light that makes a stop in the US, but that doesn't require that you go through US customs. There are quite a few of these--and if you contact the airlines, they can tell you which ones they are. Make sure to deal with an airline that handles flights in Canada, Mexico, and the US.