Border Crossing

U.S. Travel is Possible with A Pardon + U.S. Entry Waiver

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The Government of Canada has announced that they are putting a program together to pardon people with old marijuana possession charges. Many have concerns as to whether they will be able to travel to the United States after they receive a “pot pardon”. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clear that a pardon is not…

Bizarre Facts About The Canada-U.S. Border

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This fun video explores the history and some bizarre facts about the Canada – U.S. border:   You have likely read that the 8,891-kilometer Canada-U.S. border is the world’s longest shared border. Here are some lesser known stats about the Canada-U.S. border: Ports of Entry There are 124 ports of entry and oddly enough, two…

What Can You Bring Into The U.S.?

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  U.S. Customs and Border Security (CBP) officers and agents “enforce all applicable U.S. laws, including against illegal immigration, narcotics smuggling and illegal importation.” For the average Canadian travelling south, it’s that last one – illegal importation, that can cause problems. Here are is a basic list of items to be aware of and links to…

US Border Crossing: Know Before You Go

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The U.S. Customs and Border Security (CBP) take their job very seriously and you should too. Canadians crossing the US border are being scrutinized more closely now than in previous years. According to The Globe and Mail, CBP agents turned away 27,772 people trying to enter the United States from Canada which represents an increase…

Why Should I Apply For a Pardon Now?

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Historically, putting off applying for a pardon/record suspension can be costly. Back in 2012 the Conservative government increased wait times to 5 years for summary offenses and 10 years for an indictable offense. If you became eligible to make a pardon application prior to 2012, but didn’t apply for a pardon before the laws changed, you now had to…

Can U.S. Border Guards Search Your Phone?

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When crossing the U.S. border officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, may ask to search your phone, tablet, or laptop. This includes asking for your password, making a copy of your data or even seizing the device for several weeks. Refusing to cooperate completely would likely result in not being allowed to…