Each day we are getting more calls from Canadians who have a past criminal record who are being turned away at the US Border.
No matter how small and how old the charge is, they are being very strict and denying entry at an unprecedented pace.
Once you have been denied entry to the US, you will require an I-194 or US Entry Waiver to re-enter the US. You will be fingerprinted and photographed at the US Border and given a complex application called an I-192 to complete and return to the Americans before being allowed entry again.
If you have an old criminal charge you may first seek a Canada Pardon and in many cases, once the charges are removed you will be safe to travel without the need for a US Waiver.
Even charges that have been dropped, dismissed, stayed, withdrawn, absolute or conditional discharge are subject to being found and scrutinized by the Americans resulting in a possible denial of entry.
Here is an email we received from a client today who was turned away at the US border:
“I have gone to the USA 8 times in the past 4 years.”
“This time they would not let me go. I lost about $1600 and my son was with me and they would still not let me go.”
“It has been 35 years with a clean record i really don’t know what happened this time.”
“I can really use your help to get this matter cleaned up. Thank you for your help.”
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.