Canadian Pardon Services Seeks to Aid Cross Border Shoppers

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Canadian Pardon Services seeks to help cross border shoppers gain quicker access into the U.S. as they seek to take advantage of the increase in the Canadian dollar's buying power. This added buying power of the Canadian dollar has increased traffic at the U.S./Canada border. Due to this change, cross border shoppers need to plan ahead to reduce waiting times at the border by utilizing Canadian Pardon Services to ensure a hassle-free crossing.

Canadian Pardon Services seeks to help cross border shoppers gain quicker access into the U.S. as they seek to take advantage of the increase in the Canadian dollar's buying power. This added buying power of the Canadian dollar has increased traffic at the U.S./Canada border. Due to this change, cross border shoppers need to plan ahead to reduce waiting times at the border by utilizing Canadian Pardon Services to ensure a hassle-free crossing.

The slow and steady rise of the Canadian dollar over the last few years has culminated last week with a Canadian dollar that is on-par with the American greenback. Reaching a thirty-year high, the added buying power of the Canadian dollar is having a huge impact on traffic at the U.S./Canada border. Canadian shoppers are flocking across into the States for bargains, in numbers reminiscent of the 1970s. However, this is the post 9/11 age, and crossing the border offers more of a challenge than ever before.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security dramatically augmented its screening process. The combination of intensified security procedures and the increased number of people attempting entry into the United States has resulted in long line-ups and even longer wait times at virtually all U.S./Canada border crossings. Still, with a little planning, there are ways that Canadians can reduce their waiting time at the border and help to ensure a smooth and hassle-free crossing.

Frequent travellers to the United States know that it usually takes less time to cross the border on a weekday than it does on a weekend, especially a holiday weekend. The Canada Border Services Agency (http://www.cbsa.gc.ca) maintains a Web site that provides border wait time information. The site is updated every 10 minutes and lists wait times at all Canadian border crossings. They even have a wireless version that can be accessed while on the road. Travellers can choose alternative border crossing station, if convenient, or they can time their trip to avoid extended wait times.

Once at the border, it is imperative that the proper documentation and identification are ready to be presented. Currently, Canadian citizens wishing to enter the United States by car must show proof of citizenship and photo ID. Acceptable identification includes a valid passport, driver's license, a birth certificate or a Nexus card. Low-risk, frequent cross-border travellers can apply for a Nexus card to expedite the border clearance process. Nexus is a joint initiative between The Canada Border Services Agency, United States Customs, and Border Protection to improve the flow of traffic at the border.

For any Canadian who wishes to cross into the States and has ever been convicted of a crime, regardless of how minor or how long ago, there are additional considerations.

"Anyone with a criminal record should obtain a U.S. Entry Waiver, before they attempt entry into the United States, even if they have been allowed entry in the past," states Jason Thorne of Canadian Pardon Services (http://www.canadianpardons.ca), a company that specializes in obtaining Canadian Pardons and U.S. Entry Waivers for clients with criminal records.

"Border guards have become increasing vigilant, relying more than ever before on computers to instantly access confidential information, including arrest records and criminal charges. Even a Canadian Pardon, which is extremely beneficial for individuals with criminal records, offers no help at the border because the American government does not recognize Canadian Pardons. Obtaining a U.S. Entry Waiver is the only way for a person with a criminal record to ensure smooth entry into the United States and reduce the chance of embarrassment, delay, or even out-right refusal," explains Thorne.

Canadians crossing the border into the United States by car may find it to be a frustrating, time-consuming, and cumbersome undertaking for some time to come. However, being aware of the situation, knowing the regulations and providing all that is required can go a long way in easing the process and even cutting down on the wait times.

Canadian Pardon Services works both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border to provide legal services for those that need to cross the border but can't because of past criminal records. For more information about the Canadian Pardon and U.S. Waiver application process, please visit http://www.canadianpardons.ca or call 1-800-298-5520.

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