US Entry Waiver Application – US Waiver Form
Have a Criminal Record? You Must Have a U.S. Entry Waiver to Enter the United States
Canadians with a criminal record attempting to enter the United States are likely to face denial, or even detainment, without possessing a valid U.S. Entry Waiver.
A U.S. Entry Waiver (also commonly referred to as a “U.S. Waiver” or just “Waiver”) is a legal document in which the United States provides advance permission for a non-resident to travel freely into the country.
A Canadian attempting to cross into the United States, either by land or air without a proper U.S. Entry Waiver, can expect any or all of the following:
- Access to the U.S. denied;
- Immediate arrest;
- Immediate detention;
- Seizure of property in their possession at the time of the attempted entry. This would include their car and its contents.
Like all criminal offences, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Some Canadians who have entered the United States previously with a criminal record feel that they are less likely to be caught. However, attempting to cross with a U.S. Waiver is a risk that should not be taken lightly. United States Homeland Security and border control regulations have increased in severity and restriction over the past years.
It is also a common misconception that a Canadian Pardon (also known as a “Record Suspension”) provides travel benefits into the United States. However, regardless of an individuals Canadian Pardon status, or Record Suspension status, a U.S. Entry Waiver is still required. The United States Department of Homeland Security does not recognize a Canadian Pardon as restitution. This means a Canadian’s criminal record still exists and a U.S. Entry Waiver application process must be initiated and approved, even for an individual who has received a Canadian Pardon.
It has always been difficult for anyone with a criminal record to get permission to enter the U.S. from Canada. Unfortunately, following the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent issues with Homeland Security, permission is now required in writing by the United States through the U.S. Entry Waiver application.
Technically, a single DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or simple assault charge may not pose a problem for entering the United States, assuming that it’s the only charge on a Canadian’s record. Practically speaking, however, U.S. Customs officials often deny Canadians entry into the United States for even a minor charge. For 100% assurance of travel freedom into the United States, a Waiver is strongly recommended.
How to Open Your Freedom to the United States with a U.S. Entry Waiver Application
Pardon Applications of Canada completes U.S. Entry Waiver applications for Canadians.
Using RCMP Accredited fingerprints, innovative Waiver application processing, and nationwide support, Pardon Applications of Canada eliminates the guesswork, frustration and worry that many people experience throughout the process of acquiring freedom to the United States with a Waiver.
Specifically, Pardon Applications of Canada:
- Completes all legal requirements in the U.S. Entry Waiver application process, adhering to Homeland Security’s strict specifications;
- Completing all required U.S. Waiver Forms;
- Accurate and successful completion of the U.S. Entry Waiver Application process;
- Providing complete details for applicant’s U.S. Entry Waiver submission.
Pardon Applications of Canada typically completes U.S. Entry Waiver applications in 4-6 months, depending on the applicant’s criminal history. Homeland Security also takes time to approve an applicant’s U.S. Entry Waiver application, which can add an additional 3-6 months to the overall timeline.
An applicant’s first Waiver is likely to be for a shorter term of one to two years. Upon renewal of the Waiver, an applicant begins to establish a positive history with the United States, and longer or even permanent U.S. Waivers are often extended.
To get started on opening freedom to the United States, contact Pardon Applications of Canada at 1-866-383-9744, or acquire a free U.S. Entry Waiver qualification email report.