How long does a pardon take to grant? What are the requirements and what’s the cost?
Thanks for the question! You can find an overview of the process, requirements & cost here: https://pardonservicescanada.com/record-suspension. If you have any further questions, we are happy to help – please give us a call at 1-866-972-7366.
I have a criminal record and would like a waiver to travel to New Zealand for a wedding of a classmate the charge is 18 years ago, Is it possible to get a waiver?
Hi Edward, thanks for your question. If you are interested in travelling to New Zealand, you will need to confirm if your conviction is criminally inadmissible or not under New Zealand law. Dependant on the charge, you may be able to complete a waiver at the New Zealand airport on your way to the wedding. If you would like to check your admissibility or for further advising, we’d be more than happy to help! You can give us a call us toll-free at 1-866-972-7366.
so, i was recently convicted of theft under $5000 and was sentenced to a years probation (ending in may 2016). once my probation is over would i be able to travel to the us, and should i apply for my passport in the time i’m waiting for my probation to end?
Hi Jason, thanks for your question. A criminal record will not usually forbid you from getting a Canadian passport, as it is just a proof of identity and citizenship. Given that you have a summary offence of theft under $5000, you are not automatically inadmissible. That said, it is up to the discretion of the US border security officer as to whether you will be granted entry to the US. Even though you may have entered the United States without hindrance in the past, you may be denied entry at a future date based upon disclosure/discovery of your criminality. Not all criminal convictions create an ineligibility to enter the U.S., but any past criminal record must be declared.
As the US does not officially recognize a Canadian record suspension, it is highly recommended that you apply for a US entry waiver for your travel to the US. A waiver eliminates the risk of being turned away and denied admissibility. Waivers are valid for periods ranging from one to five years and can be applied for during your probation. Unfortunately Passport Canada can deny you from getting a passport while still on parole/probation, so you will have to wait to apply until your probation is complete in May 2016. If you’d like any more information or have questions regarding a US entry waiver, feel free to give us a call toll-free at 1-866-972-7366
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