Did you know that your Canadian criminal record could prevent you from traveling to other countries, including the United States?
It’s true! If you’ve been convicted of a crime in Canada, you may be refused entry into the U.S. You could also be refused a visa and other travel documents that are required to enter the nation.
The U.S. and many other nations require you to make an honest declaration of any and all criminal convictions upon attempting to enter the foreign country. According to the United States Embassy, “Attempting to gain entry without declaring that you have been arrested could result in a permanent ineligibility and/or detention…” Notably, it doesn’t matter when you were convicted; you must still declare the criminal conviction when attempting to enter another country such as the U.S.
You may also experience troubles while attempting to stop off in Criminal Record May Prevent You From Traveling into the US. Airports en route to another destination.
The U.S. isn’t alone in this policy; virtually all other countries maintain the same policy. It is important to note that not all criminal convictions will prevent you from traveling into a foreign nation. Those who are ineligible to enter the U.S. can opt to file a ineligibility waiver.
To allow for easier travel outside of Canada, Canadian citizens can also apply for a pardon, which essentially seals and/or expunges your criminal record. PardonsForCriminals.ca offers this form of assistance, so those convicted of a crime may travel with greater ease. With our help, you could be issued a pardon in as little as eight months.