Are you thinking of traveling to the Caribbean or South America and you have a criminal record? With the new US Security rules, you may be in for a problem.
According to the following recent Globe and Mail article, the Americans want Canadian airlines traveling over US airspace to report the details of the passengers even though the passengers are not stepping foot on US soil.
Therefore, if an airplane is forced to land in the US, the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) can deny you entry to the US if you have a criminal record and send you back to Canada.
Once DHS knows about your criminal record, you will be in their system for life, and you will require a US Entry Waiver or I-194 to re-enter the US. The application for this waiver is costly and time consuming. At Pardons Canada, we have been helping Canadians obtain US Entry Waivers (I-194) for over 20 years.
If you plan on flying south, even if you are not going to the US, you should consider taking steps to remove your criminal charges with a Pardon or File Destruction before traveling. Once the charges are removed, you should be safe to travel without the need for a US Entry Waiver or I-194.
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.