First of, apologies if a similar post has already been posted. I searched and couldnt find something similar.. here is my question.
We voluntarily left the US in 2001 after a departure notice was given to us (after a denied political asylum case). We left well before the departure date and immigrated to Canada and are proud Canadian citizens now. We traveled across the border quite often to visit family; one odd time, we were questioned and given a lot of hassle by the officers. Either he didnt understand our prior situation correctly or he didnt care, and eventually, he said he was going to ban us for 10 years. Keep in mind.. we had committed no legal crime here. At any rate, we accepted our fate and didnt travel to the US anymore.
At one point about 2-3 years later we had to travel to the US for a dire family emergency and applied for a humanitarian visa and were admitted for a 10 day stay. It is now 2011, and we want to find if the 10 year ban is over (actually, we're not even sure if it was applied in the first place or just threatened to us)? We are thinking of just going to a land POE and seeing what happens. Are there any suggestions or tips for this? Is there a VISA we should be applying for even though we are Canadian citizens?
Also, would it differ if we flew to the US. Does the customs at the airport offer the same services / info about VISAs?
Thank you for your advice.