Information Canadian Criminal Record holders need to know if they want to travel to America.
Can I go to the U.S. if I have a Criminal Record or Police File?
- You CAN NOT enter the U.S. legally if you have a Criminal Record in Canada
- If you get checked at the U.S. border with a criminal record you will be denied entry.
- If you get denied entry you will be flagged every time you try and cross the border in the future
- You need to apply for a U.S. Entry Waiver, also known as a U.S. Travel Waiver.
- This document must be obtained from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, not the Canadian government
- A U.S. Entry Waiver application can be approved for either one, two or five years.
- If you have ever been denied entry to the U.S. you will need this document every time you enter the U.S.
- You can re-apply for the U.S. Entry Waiver after it expires
- There is a possibility of getting a longer waiver on subsequent applications (e.g. going from a 1 year waiver to a 2 year, or even a 5 year on the second approved application)
- A Standard U.S. Waiver can be obtained for $49.50 a month (over 10 months) and takes up to a year.
- A Premium U.S. Waiver can be obtained for $79.50 a month (over 10 months) and takes only 6 months.