If you have a criminal record, you may be wondering about the US Entry Waiver cost. Many common charges require a US Entry Waiver. As well, if you have ever been denied entry to the United States you will need a waiver.
The basic US Entry Waiver cost for most Canadians is $585 USD. This is the fee that you must submit at the border in order to have your application accepted.
Unfortunately, if you are unsuccessful in your application, your fee will not be refunded. This is why it is important to get expert advice before you file and to ensure that your application is full and complete on submission.
How to submit the fee
Once you have prepared your application, you will take it a port of entry. This could be an airport or a border crossing. You will need to provide a certified check in US funds for the amount.
Before you can submit your application, there are certain documents that you need to collect that may involve fees. For example, you will need to obtain your criminal record from the RCMP. This fee is $25. In order to obtain your criminal record, you need to get your fingerprints taken. This helps the RCMP ensure that they are providing the correct record.
The cost of fingerprints varies depending on the agency or police department where you have them done. As well, court document and local police check fees vary by the agency that holds the information.
US Entry Waiver cost increases
Last year the US government considered raising the cost of the US Entry Waiver. However, they determined in the end to keep the cost the same for the majority of applications. There are two types of applications that did see a fee increase:
- If you have been deported from the US in the past, the fee is now $930
- If you need to enter for humanitarian reasons (for example, an operation that is only available in the United States), the fee is now $575.
As you can see, US Entry Waiver costs can add up. Protect your investment. Make sure that your application is full and complete and puts you in the best light. Our specialists can ensure that you have all the documentation you need for a compelling application. Contact us for a free consultation to find out how we can help at 1-866-972-7366.