You live in Vancouver and just can't want for your summer vacation to the USA. Your wife is consistently asking you when you when do you want to go. You decide on July and book your tickets to Maui. You take time off from work, put the dog in the kennel and head to Y V R with your wife and kids. You walk up to U.S. Customs and present all of your flight information. The C.B.P officer looks in the computer and suddenly frowns. He starts asking you if you have ever been arrested. Your wife suddenly looks angry and turns her head away. You look embarrassed and say yes. The C.B.P officer then tells your family to go sit down. You have to stay there and he starts asking you questions about your arrest. You tell him that both of your Fraud convictions are 25 years old. He says that it does not matter and that you are inadmissible to the USA. He tells you that you will not be going to Maui that day. H turns you around and you and the family return home. At home, your wife yells at you because she told you to start working on your us-entry-waiver application last year. You just put it on hold and forgot about it. What just happened? Well, you did not properly plan!
You live in Surrey and are crossing over at Peace Arch. The C.B.P officer scans the passports of everyone in the car. He frowns after scanning your wife's passport and send all 4 of you inside. You wife seems a bit nervous. C.B.P calls everyone to the front desk. Your 2 kids are getting restless. He is looking at the computer screen as he talks to your wife:
C.B.P: Have you ever beer arrested?
Wife: No sir.
C.B.P: Do you know Tyrone Jones?
Wife: Ummm...Uhhh Yes..I think so.
C.B.P: Were you in the car with Mr. Jones when he tried to cross the border on Jan 16, 2013.
Wife: Ummm..Ummm...I think so.
C.B.P: Did you know that Mr. Jones told us that he is a pimp.
Wife: ummm..I think he mentioned that to me.
C.B.P: Why were you trying to cross the border with a known pimp?
C.B.P: Is he a boyfriend or do you work for him?
Before she can answer, they take her to a back room for more questioning. Afterwards, she comes out and they send everyone back to Canada. They tell her that she needs a us entry waiver. You are now a curious husband and demand an explanation. She then admits that she used to be an escort in 2006. Although that doesn't explain why she recently tried going to Seattle with him. Now your Disneyland trip is cancelled, since there is no way her us-entry-waiver will be approved in 2 1/2 months. Ironically, you find out that Tyrone was permanently cleared to cross the border. However your wife will need a waiver for the rest of her life because she admitted to being an escort.
It is a Friday on a long holiday weekend. You and your brother are both going to Seattle to see your girlfriends. You only have a conviction for Possession of a Narcotic. The police found a joint in your pocket 10 years ago. Your brother is an ex driveby shooter and loaded with cash. At the border, the C.B.P officer yells at you for your conviction and threatens to put you in jail. He tells you to get a us-entry-waiver. Ironically, he tells your brother that he is allowed to enter the USA. He tells your brother to take you back to Surrey. Strangely, he treats him with more respect than you. On the drive back:
YOU: Why the fuck is it that you don't need a waiver? You used to shoot up your competitors houses and beat up Vancouver cops!
BRO: Oh... two years ago, a company told me that they could get me out of needing a waiver. We applied back then and the pigs wrote back and gave me a September Letter. HA HA
YOU: Now how could the U.S. government say that you of all people don't need a us entry waiver?
BRO: All I know is that the company showed me why I don't need a waiver. They showed them on paper why I don't need a waiver. The American gov't agreed and sent me this letter.
YOU: So how is it that a ex driveby shooter can get out of a waiver for life? And I only got caught with a joint and I need a waiver?
BRO: I dunno...I sent Jas and Tyrone...They both got the same letters.
YOU: So you mean to tell me that a drive by shooter, a drug collector and a pimp can enter without needing us entry waivers!!But I need one because of a fuckin joint?
BRO: Yup....that is because we were all innocent. HA HA HA.
YOU: Well, why the hell didn't you tell me what they did for you?
BRO: Oh...You never asked. Anyway, after I take you home, I'm going back to take both the girls out in Seattle tonite...I will tell Chrissy that she will see you in about a year. HA HA HA
YOU: Hey you bum! You better not try to get my girl drunk and have fun with her. You have your own girl!
BRO: HA HA Well you know...2 are better than one HA HA HA. Now you are gonna miss all of the Seahawk games. HA HA HA.
He drops you off and speeds back to the border. Later on Monday he is all smiles. You ask how was his weekend and he just says that it was cool. That same day you just noticed that Chrissy unfriended you on Facebook. She also changed her relationship status to single. She also wont take your calls or answer your text messages. Yup, your brother just stole another one of your girlfriends...again.
If you need a us entry waiver, you should understand that waivers can take anywhere from 3-9 months (or more) for D.H.S. to process them. You need to plan your travel time accordingly. If you want to travel in the summer, November is the time to start preparing your us entry waiver application. D.H.S. is notorious for processing these us entry waiver cases slowly. They are in no hurry to process your application, will do all the required security checks and even more. It will not speed up your case by consistently emailing them to request status updates. It may actually slow your case down. People need to understand that it takes time to even prepare a us entry waiver case. Just waiting for the RCMP results to come back from Ottawa could be as much as 2-3 months. After submitting your application, D.H.S. could write back to you and ask for more evidence. They usually give you 87 days to respond. Add this time on top of what it will take the adjudicating officer to work your case!
So just remember that you need to start at least November if you want to travel by the summer. Today is 18 Jan 2014, and we have clients now whom want to go to California in July. Some have not even done their digital fingerprints yet! It always astounds me when we get the panicked calls from people who say that they need to travel but have not received their waivers yet. They likely would not be eligible for a port parole, so they essentially miss out on their desired travel date.
So what is the general message here? Plan ahead and allow at least 10 months or more if you have a specific travel date in mind. If not, you will be at the mercy of the adjudicating officer in regards as to when your case will finally be processed and approved!
ALSO, WHATEVER YOU ADMIT TO CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU.
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