The Americans are getting even more strict at the US border if you have ever been charged or convicted of a criminal offence.
Even if the charge is withdrawn, dismissed, peace bond, stayed, absolute or conditional discharged, its important to get a file destruction to remove the prints, photos, court and police records so that the Americans will not see it.
Here is a recent email from a person who was not ever convicted of a criminal offence but had a small trace of pot at the border many years ago:
“My husband and I went to cross the border about a year and a half ago to get gas and they asked if my husband was ever arrested. He said yes which was an impulse answer cause he was detained as a teenager.”
“We were told to go inside, had everything searched, my husband was handcuffed and printed etc. We were kept there for almost 3 hours. They found no record on my husband as we knew but they asked if he has ever been arrested in the us and he said no nut he was fined when he was 18 for bringing a personal amount of marijauna across the border.”
“No charges were laid and no arrest was given he was only fined. after making him remember and write down all that had happened 20 years ago they made him sign a refusal to enter. I feel that nothing wrong has happened on my husbands part and was wrongfully refused with no criminal record found etc. Does he need to apply for a waiver? we have not gone back since due to the roughness they showed us.”
In this person’s case, he must get a US Entry Waiver, I-194 and I-192 in order to return to the US. The US computer system is now saying not to let him in, so a US Entry Waiver will reverse the computer to allow the person to enter.
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.