Do you need a US entry waiver?
With very few exceptions, if you have a criminal record, the only way to enter the United States legally – including stopovers and passage through US waters – is to obtain a US entry waiver. And we’ve helped thousands of Canadians do just that.
So say yes to that business trip, take the kids to Disneyland and stop being chained to your past.
If you’re wondering how to get a US entry waiver, you’ve come to the right place.
YOUR US WAIVER IN JUST WEEKS
A typical US entry waiver application takes between 60 and 120 days. If you’ve already received a pardon (record suspension), we can prepare your application in as little as two weeks. Details
US entry waivers: answers to your frequently asked questions
I’VE RECEIVED A PARDON (RECORD SUSPENSION) FOR MY OFFENSE – DO I STILL NEED AN ENTRY WAIVER TO ENTER THE US?
Yes. The US Department of Homeland Security does not recognize Canadian pardons. It has access to the Canadian criminal records database; if you’re caught trying to enter the United States without a US entry waiver, customs officers can make your life miserable while they conduct a detailed background investigation – which can take hours.
If you try to enter the US after you’ve been told you’re inadmissible, you risk being jailed, deported and/or having your vehicle confiscated. US customs officials take this very seriously.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET A US WAIVER?
Our fee is only $750. Of course, there are other fees involved with obtaining a US entry waiver. You hate them. We hate them. But you can't get a waiver without them.
Here's a couple you'll be responsible for:
- RCMP digital fingerprinting: $75 (approximately)
- US Department of Homeland Security filing fee: US$585
We can negotiate a monthly payment plan that fits your budget. And regardless of what you may have heard, the US filing fee is NOT due up front – it's payable when you submit your application.
IS MY WAIVER GUARANTEED?
We won't insult your intelligence by claiming to have any say in whether Homeland Security approves your application – but we will refund every penny of your fee if your US waiver application is unsuccessful for any reason.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A US ENTRY WAIVER?
We aim to have your US entry waiver application prepared as fast as possible – typically between 60 and 120 days. If you’ve already obtained a Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension), we can prepare your application in as little as 2-4 weeks.
Once your application has been submitted to Homeland Security, it can take anywhere from 6 to 9 months for approval.
HOW SOON AFTER MY CONVICTION CAN I APPLY FOR A US WAIVER?
Even though Homeland Security can grant you a US waiver as soon as you've been convicted, they won't. We're not going to waste your money on a US waiver application that has no chance of success.
We've never been denied when requesting a US entry waiver. Why? Because we won't take your money if we know your waiver application won't be successful. And if your application somehow happens to be denied, we'll refund every penny of our fee.
Want to know if you qualify for a US entry waiver? Just ask –we'll also let you know the ideal time to start your application.
FOR HOW LONG WILL MY US ENTRY WAIVER BE VALID?
US waivers are approved for a maximum of 5 years. First-time applicants will only be issued a 1-year waiver. We guarantee that your US waiver will be approved, and we'll do our best to make sure your renewal is approved for the maximum 5-year period, which the majority of our clients do receive.
WHAT'S REQUIRED FROM ME TO GET MY US WAIVER?
Once we’ve activated your file, there are a few things you’ll have to do on your on, such as:
- Get your fingerprints scanned
- Obtain a letter of employment and 3 letters of character reference
- Submit your US entry waiver application in person.
Don’t worry – we’ll provide the fingerprinting instructions and give you a detailed guide on how to effectively prepare the character reference and employment letters. We’ll also explain exactly where, when and how to submit your US entry waiver application.
US Entry Waiver Application
CAN I APPLY FOR A US ENTRY WAIVER ON MY OWN?
Absolutely. However, it’s nearly impossible to get one without a whole lot of time, money and frustration unless you really know what you’re doing.
Homeland Security is very particular about its requirements for US entry waiver applications. There's a tonne of paperwork, and every small mistake you make can add months to the application process. If you've never applied for a US entry waiver, the deck is stacked against you.
That's why so many people trust us to secure their US waiver. We do the heavy lifting – we collect and prepare your documents, make sure every last detail is in order and submit your application much faster than you'd be able to do on your own.
The result? You save yourself a heap of stress, and you're able to cross the border much sooner than if you'd tried to do it all yourself. Plus, we guarantee your US entry waiver application will be successful – or we'll refund our fee.
HOW DO I GET A US ENTRY WAIVER?
You can start the process right now by submitting the form here or calling 1.800.345.8880.
Stop being chained to your past! In just weeks, you’ll be free to travel to the US like every other Canadian. Don’t you deserve that?
BEWARE THESE TWO MYTHS ABOUT US ENTRY WAIVERS
US entry waivers are granted by the ARO, located in Virginia, for a maximum period of five years. Permanent waivers are no longer issued. It's possible, however, that the ARO may determine that the nature of your criminal past does not require a US waiver. If this happens to be the case you will be notified by the ARO, in writing, with what is referred to as a September letter. Some falsely refer to this letter as a “permanent US entry waiver.”
As mentioned above, not all criminal offenses require a US entry waiver. Those convicted of minor offenses like assault, DUI and breach (among others), generally do not require a US entry waiver. How do you know if you need an entry waiver? Ask us. We'll save you a lot of time and money
Have you seen the fees some companies are charging for "premium" or "expedited" waivers? Truth is, the US Department of Homeland Security processes waiver applications on a first-come-first-serve basis, and there's nothing anyone can do about that – even us.
When you see a company offering expedited US entry waivers, it usually just means they'll drag their feet a bit if you purchase their standard service. They practically force you to upgrade to the higher fee!
We believe every client deserves the fastest service possible, and that you shouldn't have to pay more to get it. In fact, with us you'll pay a lot less. We guarantee we’ll get your US entry waiver as fast as anyone else can without having to pay more.