U.S. Entry Waiver Services in Halifax
One of the nice things about living in Halifax is the accessibility to travel. While some other parts of Nova Scotia may feel a bit isolated, the airport in Halifax makes travel much easier to accomplish. And of course, for people that don’t mind the drive, heading south and west can eventually get you to the single, largest, friendliest border in the world, shared between the United States and Canada.
For most Canadians, the prospect of traveling to the U.S. is pretty straightforward. While security has become a little stricter in recent years, especially for certain travelers coming from specific countries, most Canadians only need a passport. That is, however, unless you have a criminal record, in which case some real obstacles may come into play. One solution, however, is a U.S. entry waiver, I-192 or I-194.
A Criminal Past
Our proximity to the United States means that millions of Canadians are likely to visit the country every year. We’re one of the few nations that can do this by either plane or car, but regardless of which method you choose, there’s one common experience. You will meet with the American Customs & Border Patrol, the CBP, and they may conduct a background check on you.
Of course, conducting a check on every single traveler would slow down lines, so they don’t do it for everyone. For some this may mean that they never have a check conducted, or they may have spent decades traveling without issue. However, if you have a criminal record, it’s actually illegal for you to travel into the U.S. if that conviction falls into the American category of moral turpitude which includes criminal convictions such as assault, theft or drug-related offences.