Wondering if you need Criminal Record Suspension or US Entry Waiver?
Many people are unsure of whether they are safe to travel to the US with a criminal record or even a criminal charge that was dismissed, withdrawn, stayed or discharged. It is true, the Americans can deny you entry to the US at the border if you have a criminal record. Whether the criminal record is drug related, theft, fraud or anything else, the Americans have a policy to deny entry to anyone with a criminal record.
For years people will not travel to the US out of fear of being denied entry to the US because of their criminal record. They deprive themselves of going to the US to visit friends, family, for vacations, sports events and much more. In other words, their freedom is restricted because they believe they cannot visit the US. This fact can make people depressed, angry and disappointed that they cannot travel as they wish.
So to answer your question: Criminal Record Suspension or US Entry Waiver?
The good news is that once you obtain a criminal record suspension you will be safe to travel to the US without worry. The Americans check the CPIC report which is the RCMP file and once a record suspension is obtained, nothing will show up on CPIC.
If you have already been denied entry to the US due to your criminal record then you will also need to obtain a US Entry Waiver (I-192, I-194). This application will give you permission to visit the US even though you have a criminal record. This US Entry Waiver application is complicated and can be expensive but it ultimately gives you the freedom to travel to the US.
Here is a recent thank you letter we received from a person we helped to obtain a criminal record suspension for a theft conviction: