Canadian Crew Member denied access to USA Needs a

I am a Canadian Crew member onboard passenger Cruise Ships who was denied
access in to the States a year ago.  It was based on the official not
believing I had sufficient ties to Canada.  I presented all documentation 2
days later and was granted access to Miami for a vacation.  I have not been
turned away since but I do have to go through extensive questioning each
time I travel to or through the US.  Most recently I was held up in Huston
coming home from Mexico and almost missed my connecting flight to Canada.
Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening?  I travel for work
quite often and it is very stressful.  I'm frightened that I'll get someone
having a bad day again and get bared forever ending my career.
david ingram replies;
EVERYONE who travels through the US border on a regular basis and is time
sensitive in that they HAVE TO make a meeting, catch a ship, catch a plane,
etc, needs a BORDER KIT.
What is a Border Kit?
It is a 1/2 inch three ring binder which contains:
1.	a copy of your last three years of Canadian Income Tax returns or US
returns if vice versa)
2.	a letter form your employer showing who you work for, where you are paid
from, what your duties are and if possible an itinerary.
3.	A copy of your Canadian lease or rental or ownership agreement for your
Canadian home.
4.	A copy of your Canadian phone bill.
5.	A copy of your Canadian Utility bill
6.	A copy of your Canadian cable vision bill
7.	A copy of your passport
8.	A copy of your birth certificate
9. 	a Copy of your Provincial Driver's licence
10.	A copy of your Provincial medical card.
11.	a copy of any club or other organization memberships you have
12	a copy of your Canadian credit cards
13.	A copy of your local library card
14.	A copy of your local video rental card
And anything else that seems relevent.
If you do not have 2, 4 and 5 because you do not have a HOME in Canada, you
do not have a legal right to enter the USA as a visitor.
Cruise ship people have a bad habit of not filing their tax returns and many
just stay with parents, friends, ex lovers or current lovers when they come
back to Canada.  If this is your situation, you need to establish those
roots.  Get a phone bill at your parents' house, get the Utility bill in
your name, etc. Pay rent to someone!
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