We are getting more and more inquiries recently from Canadians being turned away at the US border because of an old criminal record.
It is true that the Americans don’t recognize a Canada Pardon, so if you bring it their attention that you have a Pardon they will not care and still refuse you entry as the below real life example shows. Its best to not make them aware of your Pardon.
If you are refused entry at the US Border then you will need a US Entry Waiver or I-192 or I-194 to re-enter the US. This application can be expensive and time consuming.
If you have not been refused entry to the US but have a criminal record or have even been charged and the charge was dismissed, stayed, withdrawn, absolute or conditional discharged, then you should obtain a Canada Pardon or File Destruction so that your name will not show up at the US Border.
Here is an example of a person who was recently refused entry at the US Border:
“I received a pardon in 1995 for a break entry/theft I committed. I have had a clean record since then. I have travelled to the United States many times, however this weekend I was refused entry as the border officer refused my pardon.”
“He states that I must complete an American process via Homeland Security and form I-192. Apparently I will have to do this for my lifetime and pay $550 each time, and it takes 1 year to process.”
“Is it best to try to clear my criminal record completely through you/this website or is is essential that I apply for this American form? If my pardon is clear in Canada and not in the USA, will a criminal record wipe be clear in the USA? Thank you.”
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.