There was a recent article reported on the CBC about a man who won an all expenses paid trip to the Superbowl He was shocked to be denied entry to the US because of a pot possession conviction from 1981.
Even a small criminal charge dating back decades will get in the way of US travel.
Its important to obtain a Canada Pardon or Record Suspension for any old criminal records so that you will not get denied entry to the US.
If you have been denied entry to the US, then you need a US Entry Waiver to return, also known as a I-192 or I-194. These applications are complicated and costly so its best to avoid needing this if you can.
Each day we receive many calls from people who have been denied entry to the US due to an old criminal record and often they are surprised and ashamed when it happens. Sometimes the Americans don’t do criminal checks at the border, so the person could have traveled freely in the past, but it just takes one customs officer to see the criminal record and then its a problem.
Here is the recent CBC article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/02/03/bc-superbowl-fan-denied-us-entry.html?cmp=rss
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.