If you were charged with possession, DUI, theft, or fraud, you will find several aspects of life far more difficult than they have to be. Are you struggling to get a job? Have you been denied a promotion at your existing workplace? How about travelling to another country? Has your criminal record put the brakes on your dreams? No matter how small the offence or how long ago it took place, you can still be denied entry in the United States along with other opportunities. The good news is that pardons Canada and US entry waivers can help you get your life back on track again.
Can I travel to the USA after marijuana becomes legal?
There are an estimated 500,000 Canadians with marijuana possession convictions. This hinders their employment and US travel opportunities. Since every case is different, issuing a blanket Canadian pardon for all of these cases is complicated and not exactly practical. Which means that it is essential for each person to file for a pardons Canada individually. Once these possession pardons are granted, you should be able to travel to the United States without any trouble.
If, however, you have tried to enter the country prior to obtaining a pardons Canada and you were denied entry, you may need to wait an additional 12 months in order to attempt crossing again. The authorities might be more suspicious than usual due to your previous attempt, which is why it’s so important not to attempt crossing without the appropriate documents.
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, those who have been convicted of a controlled substance offence or who have admitted to committing such an offence are inadmissible. That said, it cannot result in your inadmissibility if it is not considered a crime in the jurisdiction where the offence took place.
It is also important to note that even the legal possession or use of marijuana can result in your inadmissibility if any of the following are found to be true:
- If you are determined to have (or previously had) a mental or physical disorder or history of behaviour that can be considered a threat to safety, property or the welfare of others or themselves. Alcoholism is grounds for inadmissibility which means that, if the same criteria are met, marijuana use can also result in you being denied entry.
- If you are determined to be an addict or drug user. In this case, harmful behaviour is no longer of relevance. It is also not required for the controlled substance to be illegal in the jurisdiction where the offence occurred. The use of controlled substances for medical reasons is not considered to be substance abuse.
In order for these above grounds to apply, the US Customs and Border Protection officer needs to refer you to an approved Panel Physician. They will make a medical determination in this regard and, based on their findings you may or may not be allowed entry into the United States.
The impact of theft and fraud convictions
Both theft and fraud charges can have a lasting impact on your life. With this kind of charge, it can be difficult for a prospective employer to trust you. You can very easily be denied entry into the United States and it can even prove detrimental if you are in the middle of a custody battle or hoping to adopt. Theft and fraud pardons can help you make the most of life without having to worry about the shadow of a criminal record.
DUI convictions can ruin your future
One of the most common charges of all is a DUI. It can happen to anyone, really. If you attend a party and you end up having one or two too many, it can dramatically affect the rest of your life. Your travel plans, career goals and even personal aspects of your life like adopting or volunteering can be stopped dead in their tracks because of a DUI conviction.
What if I obtain a Pardons Canada?
At Federal Pardon Waiver Services, we understand how inconvenient and devastating it can be when a possession, DUI, theft, or fraud charge gets in the way of your personal or career goals. As previously mentioned, if you try to enter the United States before obtaining a pardon, you can easily find yourself barred from entry for an extended period of time. There are even some circumstances that can lead to a permanent bar. If you want to give yourself the best chance, make sure that you obtain a pardon and establish the necessity of a U.S. Entry Waiver too.
Filing for your pardons need not give you grey hairs! Our experienced team is familiar with the process and we also understand how stressful this process can be. Let our expertise work for you. For pardons Canada, call Federal Pardon Waiver Services today at 1 (800) 543-2137. We are happy to help you determine your eligibility for a pardon and to get the process started. Your fingerprints will be required in order to obtain your criminal record. Additional documents that might be required (depending on your personal situation) include court information, local police records, proof of citizenship or immigration and a record suspension application form, among some others.