Over the years, I’ve heard of many people who routinely cross the Canadian border with criminal records. Because the individuals aren’t particularly noteworthy, they were never referred for secondary inspection and their records were never detected. At primary inspection, the officers did not have the ability to run criminal records.
Congress has provided the United States Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”) a very powerful tool to prevent non-citizens from entering the United States for long period of time — up-to life entry bar if in the subjective opinion of the border officer that individual has committed one or more infractions
I am frequently asked what the permissible and non-permissible reasons for a B1 visa (or “B1 status”) for Canadians. It is important to stress that anytime someone presents themselves for admission to the United States, they bear the burden of proof. If a border agent or a consular officer does