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What are the Waiver application requirements?

Region: Ontario Answer # 2213

USA Entry Waiver applicants will be required to complete forms, have their fingerprints taken, submit supporting documents, and pay a USA Government processing fee. The non-refundable processing fee is US $585. Payments are to be made by certified cheque drawn on a USA bank. To erase your Canadian criminal record, or to obtain a USA Entry Waiver, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners.

The Waiver application package must include the following:

  • Original Form I-192 application form, with original signature; and if an attorney was retained to complete the application on behalf of the applicant, a G-28 must also be filed
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • USA Fingerprint chart FD-258 (to be completed by a USA Customs and Border Patrol ‘CBP’ Officer at a designated location)
  • A completed and signed Form G-325A, which is used to provide biographical information about the applicant
  • A Certified RCMP Criminal Record Report, including the applicant’s fingerprints
  • A statement from the applicant regarding the purpose of the intended visit to the USA (e.g. business, vacation, medical treatment, study)
  • A copy of the official court record, from the actual court of conviction, indicating plea, indictment, disposition, and sentence for each and every crime committed
  • A statement in the applicant’s own words and signed by the applicant, explaining the circumstances for each arrest, conviction, and sentence imposed
  • Evidence or explanation of the applicant’s reform, such as counselling or rehabilitation programs completed, current employment, marital status, and community service

It is also a good idea to show proof of employment and how you intend to pay for your stay in the USA.

You can submit your application at a designated land border port of entry or at a preclearance office (such as Pearson Airport). The CBP officer will give you a receipt for the application and will take a set of your fingerprints (for FBI screening purposes).

Get help

To erase your Canadian criminal record, or to obtain a USA Entry Waiver, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners. It’s easier than you think.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, refer to our criminal law section.

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