(PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Prior to 2013, individuals with past criminal records used to travel to the United States without a waiver, as long as they had a Record Suspension (formerly called a Pardon). Since then, the amount of information shared between the Canadian and American governments has heightened the barrier for Canadians with past criminal charges entering the United States. This is due to the fact that the US government does not recognize Canadian Record Suspensions (Pardons) anymore and people with past criminal records generally require a waiver to enter the US.
Waivers are granted at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and are usually valid from 1 to 5 years. People that travel to the U.S. regularly for business or pleasure are advised by Pardon Services Canada to keep track of their waiver expiration date. Lynn Kim, a Record Suspension and Waiver Specialist with Pardon Services Canada says, “Waiver renewals take on average almost a year to obtain, although the time varies on a case by case basis.” She also notes that, “The DHS tends to grant longer periods for entry when waivers are continually renewed.”
Lynn offers the following tips to ensure trouble-free entry into the States.
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