U.S. Entry Waiver Services in Edmonton
One convenient thing about living in Edmonton is that, whether you choose to drive south, or head for the airport, the city is centrally located on the continent to hit every major North American destination. And that includes our neighbours to the south, the United States. Alberta, like most Canadian provinces, shares a border with America, in addition to an easy-to-use airport system to travel to cities like New York or Los Angeles.
That ease of travel is, unfortunately, not necessarily extended to everyone. Canadians still have an easier time of it thanks to good relations with the U.S.A. But even for Canada, increased security in the 21st century means that you can’t just drive through the border with nothing but your driver’s license as official documentation. And if you have a criminal record, it’s a huge barrier.
Moral Turpitude In America
A huge number of visitors show up at international airports and at the American border every day to get into the country. Obviously, from a logistics point of view, you want to process these visitors as quickly as possible and prevent long waits and huge lines. However, every Customs & Border Patrol officer, or CBP, has the legal authority to conduct a background check.
Of course, they don’t do this with every single person. That can sometimes mean that even if you have a criminal record, you may have traveled back and forth between the two countries without any issue. Technically, however, what you’ve done is illegal. And if the CBP does conduct a check and finds you have a conviction that falls under their “moral turpitude” qualifications—which include theft and drug crimes—you can be permanently barred from entry into the country again.