A WAIVER IS THE REMEDY TO INADMISSIBILITY DUE TO A CRIMINAL RECORD

Obtaining your criminal record is the first step to getting the waiver that will help you cross the border and overcome your inadmissibility! The Americans want to know exactly what you did to become inadmissible and they won't take your word for it. They want OFFICIAL PROOF of your criminal record.

Since this step takes the longest, it seems like the logical place to begin. Don't worry, your part can easily be accomplished in the same day. The RCMP's part will take longer. I'll be right here with you and, as you will see, there is plenty that can be accomplished while you are waiting for your fingerprints to come back from Ottawa.

1. Fingerprints have to be taken and sent to the RCMP identification center in Ottawa. They, in turn, will send you a form C-480, which is the only document that the U.S. authorities recognize as proof of your criminal record.

GO TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION and get yourself fingerprinted. RCMP is the easiest but if unpractical, Provincial Police and even Municipal Police can and will do it.

BE POLITEand make an appointment. Tell them you need a waiver to go to the United States and find out when they have a technician available and what time is convenient for them to process you. OR, take your chances and find out how many excuses they can come up with to reschedule you. SAVE yourself the aggravation and Follow this advice. They will charge about $30 and send you on your way with your sets of prints.

PROCEDURE DIFFERS SLIGHTLY DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A PARDON

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PARDON FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Write out this short letter or something similar and address your envelope to:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Civil Identification Division
1200 Vanier Parkway
Ottawa (Ontario)
K1A 0R2

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please send me a copy of my criminal record on form C-480. I need this document in order to apply for a U.S. waiver of inadmissibility. I am enclosing a money order in the amount of $25 dollars, payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

My address is:
Your Name
Your Address
Regards,


Date & Sign.

AT THE POST OFFICE
Buy a $25 dollars money-order payable to the Receiver General of Canada. Place Prints, Letter and Money-Order in the envelope and AFFIX proper postage.
It will probably take 3-4 months for you to receive an answer from Ottawa. This gives you plenty of time to do the rest of the steps necessary to complete your application.

IF YOU DO HAVE A PARDON FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS

Since a pardon has erased your record, if you follow the above procedure, The R.C.M.P. identification Division will NOT send you the required C-480 form. INSTEAD, you will receive a confirmation that their search has not revealed any criminal record in connection with your name and prints.

You must make your request through the Freedom of Information Act. The good news is that you save $25 dollars since this request is free.
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The form can be found at
Access Info

PRINT OUT AND COMPLETE FORM
R.C.M.P.Identification Division (this is the government agency you are petitioning)

You are then asked to provide details regarding the information being sought. Your reply should be in the form of:"Although I have received a pardon, I request that you send me a form C-480 describing my criminal record. I need this information in order to apply for an entry waiver to the USA."

Date & Sign the request and forward it, along with your fingerprints, to the same address. The waiting times will be similar.


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