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The Limitations of Canadian Pardons

A brief overview of the concepts of a Canadian pardon and a US entry waiver (waiver of inadmissibility), two options available to ex-convicts for personal rehabilitation. For more information, go to: www.canadianpardons.ca www.canadianpardons.ca
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If you are looking to get a pardon for your criminal offence(s) in Canada, you may wish to know some of the limitations associated with pardons.

Entering the United States

The most important limitation of pardons you ought to be aware of is that a pardon will not clear your entry into any country that is already aware of your criminal record. The United States in particular does not recognize the Canadian Pardon. If you have been denied entry to the United States because of your criminal record, or if the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is otherwise aware of your criminal record, they will not recognize your Canadian pardon.

In order to regain entry to the U.S. after being denied or deported from that country, you will require a U.S. Entry Waiver. The entry waiver, alternatively known as an I-192 Application for Advanced Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, is a legal document obtained from the US CBP which clears you to enter the United States for a period of up to five years. If you would like more info on waivers, here is some suggested reading.

Other limitations

A pardon will not clear your Driver’s Abstract. This record does not fall under the Criminal Records Act (CRA) and therefore the Clemency and Pardon Board has no power to affect these records. You will have to contact the Insurance Corporation of your province for remedies.

A pardon will not clear a record of bankruptcy, even when associated with a fraud conviction. Court ordered restitution and fines are not cleared by bankruptcy and remain an obstacle to Pardon Eligibility for up to 15 years, unless paid.

A pardon will not clear a driving or firearms prohibition order. These orders, although contained in your criminal record, also exists separately from your criminal record file. When you receive a pardon, your criminal record is cleared, including the prohibition order. However, the prohibition is also recorded in the firearms registry/motor vehicle records and these records persist even after you have received a pardon, until such a time as they duly expire. The good news is they also do not factor into your eligibility for a pardon. You can apply for a pardon even if you have an active prohibition order, so long as you meet the other requirements for pardon eligibility.

A pardon does not destroy court records. Instead, pardoned court records are held under seal, separate and apart in court archives.

A pardon carries certain restrictions when issued for sexual offences. In the interests of public safety, when a pardon is issued for a sexual-related offence, a flag is placed in police systems, including the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). The flag is only disclosed in the event a Vulnerable Sector Search is conducted on a pardoned individual who has authorized such a search.

Organizations that involve children, elderly and/or mentally-incapacitated persons can apply for status as a member of the Vulnerable Sector. Anyone who applies to join such an organization must sign

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