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Does "given a waiver" mean "given a right with which the official examination process can be avoided"?

The U.S. Supreme Court Stymies Science

She told me she might have to “escape” back to the U.S. before the ban was reinstated or she could be stranded in Canada.

Huddled around a workspace outside the conference rooms, we looked online to learn more. It appeared people with “bona fide” American connections would be given a waiver and allowed entry to the U.S.

-Scientific American

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    Yes, that is essentially what "given a waiver" means in this context. People with clearly legitimate American connections would not have to deal with whatever conditions and procedures were necessary for other people who didn't have those connections.
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