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Why Traveling Abroad for Ex-Cons Is Painful

May 16, 2017

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  • Let’s face it, going through customs when traveling abroad can be a pain. The long waiting periods, the paperwork, the screaming babies, the typical airport pet-peeves. If you’re an ex-convict, you’ve got even more to worry about: being denied entry to the country you’re traveling too.

    A good example is ‘jail bae’, Jeremy Meeks. Even though he had obtained a work permit and the correct paperwork was signed by his parole officer, Meeks was denied entry into London for having gun charges on his record in 2014. Even though Meeks was only traveling to the UK to work on some scheduled photo shoots, Meeks was not only denied entry, but he was also banned from the entire country. Harsh.

    With entry rules depending on country, traveling internationally has become increasingly difficult for anyone with a record. Some individuals will be able to enter pending the correct permit, paperwork and passport, while other countries that conduct background checks upon arrival will not be so lenient. In Canada, individuals with a criminal history can enter the country ten years after the completion of their sentence, as long as it is the only mark on their record. Others with heavier offenses, like DUI, fraud, violence or sexual offenses will need to file a formal application called Criminal Rehabilitation, as time would have no bearing on the individual’s crime.

    With security threats and past acts of terrorism, countries have been forced to tighten up security in customs. Even the most random factors and small offenses can affect an ex-con’s ability to enter the country. (Source: VICE)

    If you have a criminal record that you would like to expunge, we encourage you to take our confidential, online eligibility test to see if you qualify for an expungement or similar criminal record removal service. We are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to remove charges from your criminal record. Even if you do not qualify for an expungement, our firm would be happy to discuss what other options you have in cleaning up your criminal record.

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