Denied Entry at the US Border? Five Helpful Tips from Pardon Services Canada

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Here's what to do if you are denied entry at the US border.

Border crossing officials may deny entry into the United States

Ask why you are being denied entry.

1) Remain calm.
Aggressive behavior can result in the US border guard making a record of this behavior and this may have a detrimental effect on applying for re-entry to the United States at a later date. The good news is, once a US Entry Waiver is in place, future visits to the US are allowed and problem free.

2) Ask why you are being denied entry.
In many cases a minor criminal offence committed many years ago, which has been forgotten about or may seem insignificant, is the reason for the denial.

3) Forms need to be completed.
The Border Guard may provide forms which could include an application to apply for re-entry. Individuals can either start the process to apply for re-entry themselves or outsource the task to a US entry waiver specialist, like Pardon Services Canada, since almost half of applications completed by individuals are not successful due to the length and complexity of the process.

4) Plan ahead.
Apply for a US Entry Waiver well in advance of anticipated travel. Approval by the US Department of Homeland Security can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months.

5) Travel with a US Entry Waiver.
Even with a pardoned criminal record (now called a record suspension), a US Entry Waiver may still be required. Certain criminal convictions will result in denied entry unless a waiver is presented to US border officials.

About Pardon Services Canada
An industry leader in helping Canadians overcome the obstacles of a criminal record. Since 1989, Pardon Services Canada has successfully assisted over 100,000 Canadians exercise their lawful rights under the Criminal Records Act of Canada, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States. Services include US Entry Waivers, Record Suspensions (formerly called pardons), and fingerprinting. Offices are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal. Call toll free 1-866-972-7366 or visit the website Pardon Services Canada

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