American with Criminal Record Needs Entry to Canada for Business

Entry to Canada question for our immigration law firm

Q. I have two DUI convictions in the US. I am an American. I know that I will need a Temporary Resident Permit to cross into Canada. However, I have a business meeting in Canada within a month’s time and I have to attend. How can I get a TRP that fast?


Entry to Canada answers from our immigration lawyers

A. Fortunately, as an American citizen you can take advantage of NAFTA and apply for your TRP right at the Canada/US Border. However, in many cases, the CBSA officers at the border would rather see TRP’s filed at the Canadian Consulate. But if your trip to Canada is coming up so soon, you would be best to consider applying for the TRP at the border. There are risks associated with TRP border applications, namely, being refused entry and turned back right then and there! If you decide to apply at the border make sure all your TRP application documentation is in order including your paperwork concerning your convictions, background information and need for entering Canada. TRPs can be issued for a single or multiple entries to Canada.

Have a question about Entry to Canada? Contact Niren and Associates immigration law firm today.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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