I am a European citizen, travelled to the US (LA) a second time this year (after a previous 89 day stay). The border was suspicious because I already stayed so long and searched my phone. They found a text message and I admitted that I took drugs (Cannabis and Mushrooms) on my previous stay in the US. I admitted to smoking once through a friend 2x in one day. In reality I never use drugs and this was my first time to try it.
Since it was against federal law, I was stamped with "Refused" in my passport. INA 212(a) (2) (A) (i) (II) and all my fingerprints were taken, as well as pictures of me, before they sent me back to Europe.
Since then I applied for a new passport, with a new number.
Now I want to travel to Japan and South Korea and I am worried, that I will be refused there, because of the fingerprint sharing system.
Will this limit my abilities to travel to other countries? Is there any way to solve this? Is this considered a criminal conviction? If yes, would it fall under a serious crime? Is it possible as a foreigner to apply for an expungement in California for this? What can I do from now, if I want to travel other countries in the future?
I have switched the question to the criminal defense section. Generally, to be convicted of a crime you must appear before a judge or magistrate. You appeared before neither and there was no hearing or opportunity to present evidence or argue on your behalf. What you experienced was an administrative action and not a criminal conviction.
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