We would like to take this opportunity to clarify some of the confusion surrounding admissibility to the United States.
• The only way to guarantee access to the United States is to apply for an I-192 waiver.
• Pardons are not recognized by the US government. If you tell a customs officer that you have been pardoned, they could still refuse you entry at the border.
• Some people who have been pardoned choose to lie if they are questioned about the existence of a criminal record by a customs officer. This method is often effective but there is no guarantee that it will work. Being caught in a lie by US Customs carries serious repercussions.
• Not all criminal convictions make a person inadmissible to the USA. Someone with one DUI should not be refused at the border. Other exceptions exist. Speak with a counsellor to determine whether you are legally inadmissible.
• If you need to travel for work purposes, or are simply not willing to risk refusal at the border, then you should pursue a waiver.
If you have any questions please or concerns or would like to discuss the details of your case please contact us and a counsellor will be happy to assist you.