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What procedure would enable an individual with a criminal record to be acceptable by potential employers for border crossing, Pardon or waiver?

A waiver and a pardon are different things altogether. A pardon is a Canadian option, granted to people with criminal records who have not re-offended. When you apply for a pardon, the police do a search to prove you’re clean. In granting the pardon, the criminal record isn’t erased, it’s just hidden away to prevent access to all by the top officials. When you present your pardon, it’s like saying I have a record, but I’m okay now, and that’s all you need to know.

The waiver is a U.S. option, granted under the same circumstances. There’s a background check and all the usual inquires. If you’re granted a waiver, you’ll be allowed to enter the U.S. legally. You do need a pardon before you can apply for a waiver, so you’ll have to go through the process twice.
Jim Park