Are you a truck driver with a criminal record in Canada? If yes, a Record Suspension should be at the top of your to-do list. Failure to get the right job or best pay can significantly impact the rest of their life. The benefits of having a Record Suspension are obvious. But, I believe many truck drivers fail to appreciate just how important the benefits are.
A Record Suspension seals your criminal record and is proof that your record should no longer reflect upon your character. The Record Suspension was formerly called a Canadian Pardon. The name changed on March 14, 2012 due to the passing of the Crime Bill C-10. This Bill resulted in legislative changes to the Criminal Records Act which governs the granting of pardons and record suspensions.
If you have a criminal record and it becomes sealed with a Record Suspension or Pardon, truck drivers normally enjoy the following benefits:
Summary: You have more job opportunities, you get hired faster, employers won’t use this barrier to pay you less, and a criminal record search will reveal “no record” meaning it is likely you won’t even have to discuss a criminal record once it has been sealed. A Record Suspension may also qualify you to apply for Nexus. Save time and earn more money! If you are paid by the km you don’t get paid to sit at a border. Seal your record with a Record Suspension, then apply for a Nexus Card and fast track your way into the United States.You should apply for a Record Suspension at least 6 months before you are eligible.
If you have a criminal record, you might also need a U.S. Waiver for legal entry to the United States even if it has been pardoned or suspended. Further, if you have a criminal record that makes you inadmissible to the United States, you may not qualify for a Nexus Card unless, in addition to a Canadian Pardon or Record Suspension, you also have a U.S. Waiver of Inadmissibility. Having both a Pardon (or Suspension) and Waiver does not guarantee you can get a Nexus Card, but the chances are significantly better.
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Of course, check out our tab on U.S. Waiver of Inadmissibility and you will find a range of topics concerning travel waivers, including cost, procedures, time lines, eligibility periods and more. Your income potential is far greater than any cost associated with sealing your record or applying for Waivers.
To summarize, if you are a truck driver you should complete the following: