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Being refused at the Canadian border or being denied entry to Canada can be extremely time consuming, frustrating and costly. Imagine paying upfront for a nice vacation only to find that you cannot enter Canada or stop at any Canadian airport – or, you have an important event such as a wedding or funeral to go to. Many people think they have nothing to worry about may be wrong – even the tiniest criminal conviction from decades ago can result in your being refused at the Canadian border. Most often, it is simply a customs officer (or member of the Canada Border Services Agency, or also known as a border official) who decides you are inadmissible to Canada – for varying reasons, including not having sufficient ties to your home country or visiting Canada too much… or you could be inadmissible for the aforementioned criminal convictions or health issues.
Luckily, people who have been refused at the Canadian border do have options. Specifically, people denied entry to Canada because of criminal convictions can apply for a temporary residency permit (or TRP), which will allow them to visit Canada.
We have written extensively about TRPs. TRPs can be issued for people with DUI’s, assault charges, or other even more serious offences. TRPs are usually issued at a Canadian Consulate but in some cases can be issued at a Canada border. TRPs require a lot of documentation including information about your criminal convictions, background information etc.
Otherwise, people who are concerned about being refused at the Canadian border or who have been denied entry to Canada previously should speak with an immigration lawyer to learn more about what can be done in their situation.
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