Don't Let Your Past Limit Your Future

Can I Get in The SENTRI Line at The Airport With a Record?

July 6, 2017

If you’re like many of us, you get tired of waiting in long U.S. Customs lines at the airport when you arrive from another country. Screaming kids, not so friendly agents and having just arrived from a long flight from another country makes for quite the headache. But what about those alternative lines that are designated for members only and move much faster than the regular line? This is the SENTRI line, and you may be wondering, can I find a way to join this members-only line so I can get through this annoying process faster? If you have a criminal record, the answer is yes, and no.

What is the SENTRI line?

The SENTRI line, or Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection line is a security program that allows faster clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. once they arrive in the U.S. The benefits of joining this program include:

  • Faster border crossing times
  • Dedicated lines to speed up travel and save long queue times
  • Quicker border inspection time
  • Fewer questions from border agents
  • Less stress when traveling with children

In order to apply, individuals must volunteer to go through a rigorous background check. The remaining steps for applying to the program include:

  • Completing and sending in the SENTRI application to U.S. Immigration and Visa Forms
  • Send in the required application processing fee
  • Your application will undergo thorough review and you will wait to see if you have been accepted into the program

I Have A Record, How Can I Still Join?

Unfortunately, applicants who have any criminal offense on their record will not be accepted into the program. This goes back to our recent statement that having a criminal record greatly affects your ability to travel, especially internationally. The easiest way to go about international travel and applying for the SENTRI program would be to expunge your criminal record. If you are eligible, expunging your record may improve your chances of being granted entry into foreign countries and into the SENTRI program.

The expungement process can be long and complex, as every individual’s case is unique. To learn more, contact our team of experienced of attorneys at 844-947-3732.

Leave a Comment

 

Recent Posts

Housing for Felons in Utah
September 25, 2019

Serving out one’s term of conviction does not mean that one will be embraced with open arms by society. In fact, the completion of a sentence, while closing one door, opens another, behind which lies an entirely new set of challenges. Among a host of problems incurred by any civilian,the acquisition and maintenance of housing is by far one of … Read More>

AR-15 Gun
What are Red Flag Gun Laws?
August 19, 2019

In the wake of recent mass shootings, lawmakers are considering a push for “red flag” gun control measures. Many Americans are wondering what this means for their Second Amendment rights. Essentially, these are laws that are aimed at removing firearm rights for potentially dangerous individuals. How is this accomplished? Red flag laws would allow state courts to sign a special … Read More>

Disclaimer: The material on this blog has been prepared and is copyrighted by WipeRecord, a division of Eastman, Libersat & Meyler, PC ("WipeRecord"). The material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Information provided by or cited to third parties does not necessarily reflect the opinions of WipeRecord or any of its attorneys or clients. Results of any expungement or restoration of civil and/or firearm rights may vary from case to case. We obtained your email address when you took the eligibility test on our website. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement. Please refer to our website for prices. This is a legal advertisement. If you have already hired or retained a lawyer in connection with your gun rights restoration, please disregard this letter. Our lawyers do not have professional liability insurance.