Wow, this one really surprised us and proves how strict the Americans have become about allowing people with a criminal record, no matter how old, to enter the US.
This man who called us today was completely distraught. He was traveling to the US with his wife to go on a cruise and was stopped at the US border by a customs agent. His theft charge from 43 years ago was a simple theft of hubcaps when he was a kid. Yet, the customs agent treated this man like a criminal and fingerprinted him and turned him away at the US border. He felt terribly ashamed and frustrated by the treatment he received from the border agent and he was sick about the fact that he could not go on the cruise.
Now this man requires a US Entry Waiver (I-194 or I-192) to re-enter the US. The Waiver application is lengthy, complicated and expensive. We will be helping him to obtain the US Entry Waiver so that he will be able to re-enter the US.
If this man had obtained a Canada Pardon, before entering the US, this ordeal may not have ever happened. Once the charges are removed from CPIC with a Canada Pardon, he may have been safe to travel to the US.
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.