We receive hundreds of email and phone calls each week from Canadians who have been denied entry to the US because of a criminal record. In many cases, the people have been traveling to the US many times but a random criminal check at the US border by one customs agent turns their travel into a nightmare.
If you have been refused entry to the US then you will require a US Entry Waiver or I-192 to re-enter the US. The Americans will decide how long the waiver is good for. The process is costly and time consuming to obtain a US Waiver but it is possible to obtain if you have been refused entry to the US.
If you already have a Canada Pardon and have never been stopped at the US border it is unlikely you will need a US Entry Waiver, though we do hear of odd circumstances where a person is refused entry even after a pardon has been granted.
Here is an email we received today from an elderly couple who was denied entry to the US:
“My husband had a charge 40 years ago in Prince George BC for smoking a joint. He was 25 and now he is 64 with a successfull career behind him.”
“He has since worked and traveled in the US on business over these years, for a major Canadian company connected to the US and has never been refused access.”
“We were just refused access yesterday to the US during a random search by an agent, for a holiday in Arizona. Last year we went through the same border with the same info and there was no problem. We feel very violated, because this officer tried to antaginize my husband and myself.”
“This is so sad. we are descent and contributing citizens. When we crossed back into Canada at the Sumac border, our Canadian agent said he sees this all the time. he was very supportive of us.”
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons and US Entry Waivers email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.