People are shocked when they are stopped at the US border and ultimately denied entry to the US due to a past criminal record. The reason people are surprised is because they either thought the criminal record was already gone or they did not believe that the Americans can see the criminal record.
You may have been able to cross the US border in the past without any issues so you thought having a criminal record would not affect travel. However, the Americans are now doing more criminal checks randomly at the border and once they deny entry, then you are requried to obtain a US Entry Waiver to return to the US.
The application for a US Entry Waiver also known as I-192 and I-194 is a complicated process and can take time to get approved. Also, once the US Entry Waiver is approved, it is valid for between one and five years. Once expired, you must re-apply for the US Entry Waiver.
We help hundreds of people each year to obtain a US Entry Waiver and because Pardons Canada has been helping people with the process for so long, we are very aware of what the Americans are looking for to approve the application for a long period.
Here is a recent email from a person we helped to obtain a US Entry Waiver:
“I just want to thank your organization for providing me with the help, to get my 1st U.S. Waiver.
I was granted 5 years!! I am still in shock!
I really think the reference letters and the personal letter expressing remorse helped to get a favourable quick response.
I filed my paperwork at Pearson on Sat. Dec. 19th and received my Waiver in the mail on Thurs. May 12/16. Less than 5 months.
Thanks again Pardons Canada!”