We often receive calls and emails from people who get denied entry to the US because of an old criminal conviction. No matter how old or how small the criminal charge was, the Americans can turn you away at the US border.
It is especially sad when a person is with their family and get denied entry to the US due to an old criminal record.
Once the person is denied entry to the US, then they need a US Entry Waiver (I-192 and I-194) to return to the US. If you have never been denied entry to the US, then its best to remove the criminal record by way of a pardon/record suspension and then you should be safe to travel without worry.
Here is a recent example of a man being denied entry to the US due to a theft charge 18 years ago:
Agent: Thanks for contacting Pardons Canada, how may I help you?
Visitor: I have been visiting the us a few time with out any problems
Visitor: this morning I took my famity on a trip to Disney world and got refused
Agent: When was the last time you were in trouble with the police?
Visitor: 18 years ago when I was 20
Visitor: i took my wife a 6 yrs old and a 9 months daughter to go on a cruise today
Visitor: so they are in the us without me
Agent: I see. A counselor from our office can address your specific situation.
Visitor: i am available from 7am to 10pm mountain time
Agent: Alright, I have forwarded your information to our office and a counselor will be in contact with you shortly if we are able to assist you.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.