Clarifying US Entry Waivers

Clarifying US Entry Waivers

Clarifying US Entry Waivers


Canada and the United States Both Have Laws Preventing People With Criminal Records From Crossing the Border.

We would like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the confusion surrounding admissibility to the United States.

The only way to guarantee access to the United States is to apply for an I-192 waiver.

Pardons are not recognized by the US government. If you tell a customs officer that you have been pardoned, they could still refuse you entry at the border.

Some people who have been pardoned choose to lie if they are questioned about the existence of a criminal record by a customs officer. This method is often effective but there is no guarantee that it will work. Being caught in a lie by US Customs carries serious repercussions.

Not all criminal convictions make a person inadmissible to the USA. Someone with one DUI should not be refused at the border. Other exceptions exist. Speak with a counsellor to determine whether you are legally inadmissible.

If you need to travel for work purposes, or are simply not willing to risk refusal at the border, then you should pursue a waiver.

If you have any questions please or concerns or would like to discuss the details of your case please contact us and a counsellor will be happy to assist you.

About Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby is Co-Founder and Communications Director for the National Pardon Centre. Get in touch with Michael by sending an email to mashby@nationalpardon.org or calling extension 227.Michael Ashby est le co-fondateur et le directeur des communications au Centre du Pardon national. Contactez Michael par email au mashby@nationalpardon.org ou par téléphone au poste 227.

5 Comments

  • bill thill says:

    i need to know if i need a usa waiver , convictions are about 20 yrs old and i hve been pardoned 15 yrs ago but never entered usa

    thx

    bill

  • frankie b says:

    I finished my federal record in March/2012…It was a fraud charge…I did my full time would I be able to enter the US…please reply Thanks

  • Doug says:

    I was charged with theft under and possession under last year, first time running in with the law. Completed the diversion program and now want to travel to the US to attend sporting events with coworkers/mini family vacations. Do I need an entry waiver?

  • Erin says:

    This blog does not agree with what your website says. My husband was advised BY YOUR STAFF that he needed a pardon, not a waiver, to enter the US. But your blog now states he needs a waiver.
    Your website says: “There are only two ways to be absolutely sure you are not at risk when entering the United States of America. One is to make sure there is no record of any criminal activity associated with your name. The second is by applying for a US entry waiver. ” http://www.nationalpardon.org/NPC_travelrestrictions.html

    We have been waiting 1.5yrs for our pardon outcome. We are still waiting. Did your staff tell us to pursue the wrong thing?? Help!

  • Ying says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for all your messages.

    The only way to guarantee access to the United States is to apply for an
    I-192 waiver.

    Pardons are not recognized by the US government. If you tell a customs
    officer that you have been pardoned, they could still refuse you entry at
    the border.

    Some people who have been pardoned choose to lie if they are questioned
    about the existence of a criminal record by a customs officer. This method
    is often effective but there is no guarantee that it will work. Being caught
    in a lie by US Customs carries serious repercussions.

    If you need to travel for work purposes, or are simply not willing to risk
    refusal at the border, then you should pursue a waiver.

    Thanks.

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