Each week we get hundreds of calls from Canadians who have been turned away at the US Border because of a criminal record.
The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has the authority to turn anyone away at the US Border if they have a criminal record no matter how small the charges are. Even if the criminal charge has been stayed, dismissed, withdrawn or conditional or absolute discharge, the Americans can deny you entry.
Usually, though not always, DHS is less concerned with petty criminal charges such as theft under or Impaired Driving, DUI. Having said that, you will want to have the proper documentation on you regarding these charges in case you are hassled by the Americans.
If you have never been stopped at the US border but want to be completely safe to travel, you should obtain a Canada Pardon.
A US Entry Waiver or I-194 is required in most cases if you have been denied entry to the US.
Both application are complicated, lenghthy and sometimes confusing. We have been helping Canadians with both Canada Pardons and US Entry Waivers for over 20 years.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011.