so basically there are 2 relevant data bases-the FBI's National Crime Info Center and the Canadian's Canadian Police Info Center. If any convictions appear on there, regardless of when, then it may create problems at the border. I say "may" because ultimately it comes down to the individual officer. There is no US pardon process for Canadian convictions; however, one can apply in advance for permission and that is good for 5 years. It is form I-192:
and is the Application for Advanced Permission to Enter. It requires also this form:
and it is recommended to have 3 character witnesses.
One needs a copy of their police record or a statement that there is no record: that can be obtained here:
The applicant will also need evidence of citizenship, a statement regarding the purpose of intended activities, a copy of the official court record from the actual court, a statement by the applicant explaining the circumstances of each arrest, conviction, and sentence, or any evidence or explanation of reform or rehabilitation.
The process takes 4-12 months, but it is valid for 5 years.
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