US Entry Waiver & Pardon For Canadian Citizens

A US Waiver is a permit to travel to the US despite being ineligible due to a case of criminal offence or other issues. A Canadian pardon does not permit travel to the US or any other country.

The United States can deny admission to any individual convicted under a case of a criminal offence, including those considered as admissible in the US such as drinking and driving. Records of such cases in Canada are stored in the CPIC database, which can exchange information with the US National Crime Information Centre (NCIC). This means that the CPIC is accessible by Immigration offices, the US Customs, and state police departments.

Moreover, when a US official checks a record, it is retained in the US NCIC even after successfully applying for record suspension in Canada. The only way to cross the border is by getting a US entry waiver attached to your record.

However, the US can ban entry for many reasons. Some of the most common issues for a person to be stopped from entering the US include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Having a contagious disease
  • Possession of illegal substances or recorded drug dealing cases
  • Affiliation with terrorist organizations
  • Involvement in human trafficking
  • Money laundering schemes
  • Previous deportation or removal from the US
  • Previous case of overstaying your admission into the US

There are many more reasons why you may be denied entry into the United States. Some of the crimes that would make you inadmissible to the US include:

  • Bribery
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Theft
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Prostitution
  • Aggravated Battery

There are some crimes that don’t make you inadmissible to the US. However, repeat offences and other misdemeanours could lead to denial of entry. These include:

  • Breaking and Entering
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Simple Assault

Depending on the reasons for your denial of entry into the US, and if you are a Canadian citizen, or nonimmigrant with the right paperwork who has become eligible for a waiver or become admissible, you may be given access to a special application process in advance of your travel for a non-permanent waiver of entry denial.

Temporary Waiver Application

Applicants for the temporary waiver can find Form I-192 on the US Citizenship and Immigration Service website. The website also provides guidelines on how to fill out the form when applying for Advance Permission to Enter as a nonimmigrant.

This form is filed with the CBP by:

  • Inadmissible visa exempt nonimmigrants
  • Nonimmigrants with appropriate paperwork who then become inadmissible

Landed foreigners and some Canadians who need a visa to visit the US, but are inadmissible for any of the issues mentioned above, as well as citizens of other nations, should get in touch with Pardon Pros to explore the possibility of getting waivers of ineligibility, and to map the way forward.


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