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Can I travel into USA and Canada

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    Posted: 30/March/2017 at 20:53
Hi, Can I travel to the USA and Canada if I have a pending charge. I'm from Australia and I'm meant to be travelling in about a week and a bit but I got caught with some cannabis last weekend. I haven't received the paper work for the charge or court date. The officers said I can travel and they know all the travel details, he even told me to answer "No" to the question about "Have you been arrested or convicted" because I wasn't arrested and I haven't been convicted (yet) but I'm worried about immigration. I haven't received my charge papers or court date yet and I have a lawyer which can attend my court date if it is on while I'm overseas. The lawyer also reckons I'll be fine to travel. Does anyone know if pending charges come up on the immigration system? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.   

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/March/2017 at 23:48
Law 101 states never take your legal advice from a police officer.

I have no idea on how the North American authorities are handling these sort of matters, but with President Trumps clamp down on who enters the country, I suspect that any border official you encounter would be looking to earn a few extra brownie points and fill his quote of refusals. An individual with pending drug matters hanging over him would be a prime candidate to a few days in immigration detention and forced deportation soon afterwards.

Save the hassle and your money and cancel the trip.

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  Quote lizajack2013 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/April/2017 at 15:01
If You are a Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of the USA or Canada

Your entry procedures have not changed.
If You are a Citizen of Any Other Country
Your visa and entry procedures have changed. In summary, there will be two mechanisms by which you can obtain approval to enter the USA:
If you are eligible, you can apply for and obtain approval under the Visa Waiver Program; or
Otherwise, if you are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply for and obtain a visa as per the usual USA visa process.
If you do not obtain approval to travel by one of the above mechanisms, you will not be able to board your flight to the USA.

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