Being Denied Entry to Canada for a Misdemeanor


Are you concerned about being denied entry to Canada? If you watch Border Security (the television show that’s sort of like Cops but for Canadian Border Services officers), it seems like anyone can be denied entry to Canada for almost any reason. However, it’s clear that a criminal record is one thing that causes many people to be denied entry to Canada every single day.

Denied Entry to Canada for a Misdemeanor

When an individual is denied entry to Canada because of a criminal record, even a misdemeanor, they are declared to be inadmissible to Canada. If this is the case, they are not allowed to come to the country.

If you are denied every to Canada because of a criminal record, you can do one of two things.

Options After Being Denied Entry to Canada for a Misdemeanor

When one is denied entry to Canada, one has two different options. However, before determining which of these options is right for you, you should always speak to a licensed immigration lawyer or immigration attorney to explore your options. This is because not every person’s situation is the same, and you may need to learn more about the following options before you apply. In addition, it’s best that you do it well in advance of your travel so that you have enough time.

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

One thing you may be able to do if you are criminally inadmissible to Canada but your conviction is fairly new, is apply for a temporary resident permit. The temporary resident permit is a way to enter Canada temporarily, even if you are criminally inadmissible. Obtaining one is a rather quick process, although there is always a chance that you could be denied when you apply.

Applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation

Another way of overcoming your inadmissibility is criminal rehabilitation, which is a more permanent solution.

How VisaPlace Can Help

If you have been denied entry to Canada due to a criminal record, we’d advise you discuss your situation with a licensed immigration lawyer. The VisaPlace Group of Lawyers (VPGs) and their staff are all independent, licensed practitioners who understand how important it is for to you to achieve your immigration goals and have been trained to follow best practices and procedures to maximize your chances of success!

If you have denied entry to Canada for a misdemeanor, all hope is not lost. Contact us for a consultation. We’d be happy to discuss your options.

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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