2 Comments Immigration law, student visa, employment visa, partner visa
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.
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.