Just yesterday, I was barred from entering the US for a period of 5 years. I'm in a struggling band & since we need every dollar to go towards lawyers debts...we opted not to get proper paper work, instead, just put all money made straight back into our debt. This was a huge mistake since we got stopped at the US border and eventually got denied entrance for misrepresenting our reason for entry. The other band members got a slap on on the wrist but since I had been turned away before (which wasn't on there computer records at all...I decided to be fully honest and admit to it) they barred me from entering the US for 5 years (section 235(b)(1) or 240 of the act).
This poses a couple immediate dilemmas for me:
1. I'm the best man at one of my best friends weddings next week in Hawaii. Suppose to leave Oct 16th.
2. My band can't do anymore shows in the US until I can get this banned lifted or pardoned.
Any suggestions on what I can do to at least get a pardon next week so I can still be the best man at my friends wedding. My band doesn't have any scheduled dates in the US at this point but were in deep talks about doing long tours in the US next year.
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time.