Insider tips for entering the United States with a criminal record. What you need to know to avoid problems at the border.

  1. United States border officials have direct access to data in the national repository of all criminal records in Canada, the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC).
  2. Being convicted of a criminal offense can result in being denied entry into the United States.
  3. A criminal charge without a conviction can still cause problems entering the states.
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4/20 Vancouver, BC

With 4/20 approaching, thousands of Canadians are thinking of taking part in this international day of cannabis event on Sunday April 20, 2014. Although the practice is largely tolerated on this date, it is still technically against the law and a criminal record because of marijuana, can affect travel plans, especially to the United States.

Denied Entry into the United States

Although the process of legalizing the use of marijuana in the United States is well under way in many states, federally it is still illegal.[…] Read More


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Denied Entry Into The UK

Did you know that under the new UK immigration rules, any person who has been sentenced to more than four years in prison is barred from entering the country?


Will Your Criminal Record Hold You Back?

Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, has been refused permission to enter Britain because of his criminal record. He was planning a UK Tour at the beginning of 2014 to promote his autobiography.[…] Read More


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Driving prohibitions and firearms bans are common sentences, but are treated differently with regard to a record suspension. They are not used to calculate a person’s eligibility and are not removed with a record suspension.

Driving prohibitions are most often included in the sentence for drinking and driving convictions or driving under the influence. These prohibitions are often time limited (1-3 years) and are often in conjunction with a fine. In some provinces, like Ontario, this sentence must be completed before your licence is restored.[…] Read More


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The police have slapped those shiny silver cuffs on your wrist, and you’re being driven away in the back of a car with flashing lights. A number of emotions might be rushing through you: shame, embarrassment, fear and anger. While it’s understandable for you to be upset, those emotions will not help you emerge from this ordeal. The first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath, calm down, and think clearly.[…] Read More


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Here’s some good news: if you’ve been arrested, your driver’s license might not necessarily be suspended. Only certain kinds of offences will result in losing your license. However, that suspension might be permanent, depending on what you’ve done.

When Can Your License Be Suspended?


According to the paralegal firm Traffic Services, there are a number of reasons your license could be suspended. You might have neglected to pay traffic or parking tickets.[…] Read More


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pardon-application-backlog2Subsequent to the enactment of the omnibus crime Bill C-10, the waiting period to receive a record suspension—formerly known as a Pardon — increased substantially. It is frankly unfortunate that individuals, especially those trying to reintegrate into society now have to wait much longer to travel, work, volunteer, and more importantly achieve a peace of mind.  The 22,000 applications that were submitted to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC hereafter) between July 2010 and February 23, 2012 are considered part of the backlog.[…] Read More

Criminal Record Checks In B.C. – New Option For Volunteer Organizations

The enactment of the Criminal Records Review Amendment Act effective November 30th 2013, will allow organizations in British Columbia an easier way to obtain criminal record checks for their volunteers. A review of some of the key changes to the Act is summarized below, and in the attached Government bulletin.

The Criminal Records Review Act hacriminal record for volunteerings been in place since 1996 and requires every employer in BC to ensure that existing or new employees working with children or vulnerable sector undergo a criminal record check. […] Read More

There have recently been accusations of fraud associated with other pardon companies. News has been received that Express Pardons Inc., a Canadian Pardon provider headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has closed down without notice. Clients of this company have been left in the lurch, with little or no repercussions available to them.

The Scarborough Police are also investigating a company advertising pardon services. A recent article stated:

Police allege a company listed online as Federal Pardons Canada advertises services for processing pardons and waivers to enter the US for a nominal fee.[…] Read More

Are you planning a family trip, or a quick getaway? You may need to apply for a passport or renew your current passport. Before you do so, make sure that you are not wasting your time and money and getting denied at the end.

Passport Canada can and may deny you from getting a passport for the following reasons:Canadian Passport

  • You did not fill out the form correctly.
  • You have been charged with an indictable offence in Canada or another country.
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