Many individuals confuse “Canadian Pardon” with U.S Entry Waiver. Actually, they are two distinct documents and the process for obtaining the same is also different. So, what exactly are these legal papers? Moreover, what is the purpose of these official reports? In short, a Canadian pardon purges the criminal record of the concerned individual from the Canadian government database while U.S Entry Waiver is a document which allows entry into the United States.
Here are some interesting facts!
If you are convicted of an offence, you need to apply for a pardon within the relevant province. This will simply remove your record from government criminal directory. However, in case you have been charged but the same has never been proved, and therefore you were not convicted, you need to get the file deleted / purged. One needs to understand that the record is not cancelled or deleted automatically. You must apply with relevant references, proof, legal documents and application form. The application process also includes government fees and departmental charges in some cases.
But why do you need a waiver when the Canadian government has purged your criminal record? The answer is the American government does not recognise pardon/s obtained in Canada. It still maintains its own records and chances are if you have been pardoned you may still be denied entry at the border. So, the best option is to get a prior entry permit, also called a us entry waiver (if needed), for that hassle free and humiliation free travel.
There is yet another distinct doubt amongst the affected individuals; the difference between Pardon and Record Suspension. Interestingly, both refer to the same legal document. In March 2012, the conservative government passed legislature changing the name of Pardon Program to Record Suspension. The said legislature also introduced some new rules and eligibility criteria. In fact, it also reframed some of the procedural norms.
Official destruction of record also includes deletion of photographs, fingerprints and associated personal information. Record suspension or Pardon therefore offers a great opportunity to individuals who want to start afresh. With a clean record, individuals can expect better career opportunities, stigma free life and a hassle-free cross border travel.
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