U.S. ENTRY WAIVERS
The U.S. can refuse admission to any person convicted of a criminal offense. This means that if you are a Canadian Citizen and have a criminal record, you should obtain a U.S. Entry Waiver to ensure that you will not be turned back at the border and that you can legally travel to or through the United States.
If you currently have (or have ever had) a criminal record, it can make you stand out as a risk – and get you turned away when trying to enter the U.S.
A Waiver is a pre-approval from the U.S. government that allows entry into the U.S. without hassle.
You may have often passed through the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) after answering a few standard questions about your citizenship and the purpose of your trip. You have been lucky.
It is becoming more common for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to ask for identification for the purpose of conducting an RCMP computer criminal record search. Once your record has been discovered, the Customs and Border Protection officer will upload your criminal record into the Department of Homeland Security main frame, and as a result, you will have an INS and an FBI file.
Anyone granted a U.S. Entry Waiver cannot be discriminated against based on their criminal record.