Pardon Services Canada Announces Temporary Resident Permit Service for US Visitors

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Whether traveling to Canada for hunting, fishing, camping, or sightseeing, a Temporary Resident Permit will ensure crossing the border is trouble free for individuals with a criminal record.

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Even former President George Bush had to get a special permit to enter Canada after his alcohol related driving conviction from 1976

Pardon Services Canada is now providing assistance to individuals with a past criminal record that want to travel from the United States to Canada. Visitors with a criminal record seeking to enter Canada are stopped by Canada Customs. Travelers are being denied at airports, ship ports, and land crossings, for DWI or DUI offences. Cindy Inness, a Senior Client Advisor with Pardon Services Canada says, “It doesn't matter if the person intends to drive while in Canada, that they are in someone else’s car, or whether the offence was classified as a misdemeanor.” She adds, “There are no exceptions. Even former President George Bush had to get a special permit to enter Canada after his alcohol related driving conviction from 1976.”

As a component of Canada's Tourism Facilitation Action Plan Americans wanting to cross the border to visit their Northern neighbour, are able to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). A TRP is issued as a pass for the traveler to visit Canada.

Ms. Inness advises her clients to start the application process well before an anticipated trip to Canada and suggests allowing at least 3 months for the application paperwork. She says, “We often hear clients say they’ve crossed into Canada before without any problems. But the next time the border guard may check whether the traveler has a record and deny them entry.”

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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