We seem to be receiving more calls and emails from people who are being denied entry to the US because of an old criminal charge.
Many of these people have crossed the US border in the past and not been denied (the Americans do random criminal checks), but it seems their systems are getting even smarter in detecting even the oldest and smallest criminal charges. More and more Canadians are being denied entry to the US each day.
If you have a criminal record or been charged for a criminal offence, you MUST get a pardon/record suspension so that the Americans cannot see it in the future. However, once you have been denied entry to the US, then you MUST obtain a US Entry Waiver (I-192) no matter what.
If you have a criminal record or have been charged for a criminal offence, you will NOT be able to obtain a NEXUS pass.
According this recent article in the Globe and Mail titled “US Will Be Allowed to Share Canadian Border Info Under New Privacy Charter” it appears that the Americans will have an even easier system to detect whether someone has a criminal record and they may even be able to share the info with other countries.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.