A U.S. Waiver is documentation from the United States government. It supersedes your criminal record status or red flagged status at the U.S. borders. With a waiver you are able to cross the U.S. border freely without persecution or being turned away. Border patrols will have no grounds to deny you entry when you have a valid U.S. Waiver in hand,


It is illegal to cross the US/Canadian Border with a Criminal Record.  You may be at risk for being refused entry or receiving a permanent ban to enter the United States. Canada and the United States of America share information regarding Criminal Backgrounds through CPIC. To cross the border legally with a criminal record, you are required to have a U.S. Waiver.

Our team of client service professionals will work with you and all Provincial, Federal and American government and organizations to collect all necessary documents required for an unsurpassed application.

U.S. Waivers– FAQs

For your convenience we have assembled some of the most frequently asked questions when dealing with U.S. Waivers. Please visit out FAQ page if your question is not answered here, or contact us for further information.

If you would like to inquire or apply for a U.S. Waiver, CPG can help. We have several different avenues to proceed in such as:

  • applying online

  • calling for a free consultation

  • emailing us for more information


Why is our U.S. Waiver program important to you?

The US waiver application is a long and tedious process to complete properly. You can know that our client services professionals are hard at work securing your waiver so you do not have to worry. Depending on the quality of the application, the validation period will be determined. A well-prepared US Waiver has a better chance of being valid for up to 5 years.

U.S. Waiver eligibility and wait times for your Waiver

If you would like to inquire or apply for a U.S. waiver application, you will need to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements in order to proceed.

Eligibility is not set up the same as a Pardon in Canada, but factors can play a role in validation period and entry allowance. These several factors  are surrounding your charges, location of charges and the severity. Factors include but are not limited to the following:

  • Severity of the conviction

  • When the conviction occurred

  • Where the conviction occurred


We always recommend that you call our consultations services, even if it is only for inquiry purposed to determine eligibility.

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The average wait time is 6 – 12 months for a U.S. Waiver depending on the factors mentioned above and processing times through the government agencies.

What are the costs associated with a U.S. Waiver?

If you would like to inquire or apply for a U.S. Waiver, it is important to understand that there are costs associated along the way. CPG has several packages available at the lowest prices in Canada in order to assist you with offsetting the overall cost of the U.S. Waiver. Additional costs include:

  • $585 USD to the American government

  • $50-75 cost for fingerprinting services


Overall costs associated are approximately $1200 for a U.S. Waiver for the first time, and progressively less for renewals; which is spread across the legs of the process.

To further assist you with the cost CPG offers:

  • An upfront full payment

  • A minimum start fee of $250 to get started on your pardon, with a scheduled remainder of the fee to be agreed upon

  • A payment plan option to be agreed upon


Can I expedite my U.S. Waiver?

U.S. Waivers are approved by the government agencies involved and there are no ways to push a waiver ahead of the pack. All documents and legs of the process take time as the government agencies review the submitted paperwork. If you encounter any companies advertising an expressed or quickened pardon, please be weary as the time frame can not be adjusted.

We offer a wide variety of packages and services to help you obtain your US entry waiver, and if you come back you save over 30% for any future waivers post expiration.


First Time




*does not include tax

  • Phone/Email Support

  • 2 Court Fees Included

  • Qualifies For Monthly Payment Plan


First Time




*does not include tax

  • Phone/Email Support

  • 4 Court Fees Included

  • disbursements

  • Qualifies For Monthly Payment Plan

  • Maximum validation period




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Canada Pardon Groups Guarantee will be null and void if you fail to disclose any information related to your application, provide inaccurate details during your screening process or have any additional Police involvement during the application process. In the event of Police involvement after your application process begins, you are responsible to advise Canada Pardon Group of the final outcome, additional fees may apply.
Canada Pardon Group does not guarantee entry into the US with a waiver. Our guarantee is specific to record suspension applications. 
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