Hi,I was due to process my Pardon this April. I had all the papers done last year. My finger prints were done and sent to the RMCP in Ottawa and they returned them approved, so I called here in Quebec and they advised me that the law had changed one month before I was due to go ahead with my pardon. I have waited a long time and was disappointed with these changes. They say I have to wait another 5 years - which is totaly unfair. I have been Alcohol & Drug free for 3 years now and have a great life. My mom has a house in Vermont and I am unable to go there!! I have not had any problems with the Law since April 20, 2005 - more than nine years.Is there anything you can do to help me?Sincerely,XXXXX XXXXX
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Hello Stephen,I'm sorry to hear about you getting caught up in the bureaucracy of this and I'm paritcularly sorry to have to inform you that - even with a pardon - your issues with entering the United States wouldn't change.If the concern here - as it appears in your question - is entry to the US then a Canadian pardon is not particularly helpful in your "criminal inadmissibility" to the United States. In fact, it almost doesn't matter at all. Customs and Border Patrol does not recognize Canadian pardons as aleviating criminal inadmissibility matters and, as such, for someone with a criminal conviction on their record coming from Canada you would need to apply for an entry visa ahead of time. The only available process is, unfortunately, a hassle and can be quite lengthy but is very clearly explained by CBP's site: LINK.You would be well advised to retain a US immigration lawyer to assist you with this application as they can be quite convoluted to properly document.Regards XXXXX XXXXX wishes.
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