I am Canadian citizen and was found inadmissible 6 years ago after my spouse (also Canadian) had been arrested in USA for drug trafficking. he was charged federally and sentenced to 4 years and completed his sentence. After his arrest I was allowed to travel to the US to see him and a lawyer 3 times.
Every time I crossed the border I truthfully told the cbp officer why I am going and what my spouse did.the 4 time when my spouse had a court hearing, I was asked for secondary inspection and was asked questions regarding his crime.i had no prior knowledge but was told as I am his spouse I will be found inadmissable due to being his spouse and reason to believe I have know,should have know and benefitted from my spouses illegal activity in the last 5 years.
I was told to apply for a waiver and was turned around at the border. For my spouses sentencing hearing I was able to enter USA (the lawyer arranged it ). After that I never made any attempt to enter USA. During my spouses incarceration (3years later) I finally filled out the paperwork for a waiver,which was denied 13months later due to the same reason given when I was found inadmissable.
My spouse completed his sentence and we started a fresh life 2 years ago. I always enjoyed travelling to the USA for tourism purposes, sightseeing and have some extended family and friends living there. I also have a child who I would like to take to USA for tourism purposes in the future. So now I am thinking to apply for the waiver again but wasn't sure if I should ..it was six years ago, and the clause mentioned the past 5 years. So I was wondering if I am inadmissable for 5 years from the date of the offence and have no eligibility for a waiver.
I have no criminal record and never had any brush with the law in Canada or in the USA. If I should apply again should I hire an immigration lawyer? As the waiver form,process is pretty straight forward. Any legal advice on this matter would be appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.