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Can I Return to Canada After Deportation?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. Today I’m going to talk to you about what happens if you are
deported from Canada and wish to return. This is an unfortunate situation
for many people who are removed and have been returned back to their home
country and wish to return back to Canada.

Returning to Canada After Deportation

Well, generally speaking, the process for returning to Canada is that you
have to make a special application called an “Application to Return to
Canada,” or ARC, that’s the short form. Usually an ARC application
accompanies another type of application, for example, a sponsorship.

So here is a common scenario: if you’re married to a Canadian citizen and,
unfortunately, you were deported from Canada, and you want to return, the
sponsor who is a Canadian citizen could potentially sponsor you to return
to Canada, but you’re going to have to, in addition, apply for an ARC at
the Canadian Embassy overseas in your home country.

Being Approved for Re-Entry to Canada

Now, being approved is not easy. It really depends on the reasons for your
deportation. If you, for example, were an overstay and you stayed in Canada
illegally for many years, or you have a criminal record, the government has
to be satisfied that you’re still deserving of returning back to Canada
despite the fact that you had an immigration history or you had a criminal
record.

So it’s a separate application that has to be made, and you have to make a
very compelling case to convince an immigration officer to say yes, despite
that you were deported, you are deserving to return back. And it’s not easy
to do. It can take many months and you have to prepare a strong case. So
generally speaking, if you are deported, if you were removed from Canada,
there is a way out, there’s a way to return.

It’s called an ARC. It’s an application that has to be made, usually in
addition to any visa that you apply for to return back, and the application
is submitted at the local Canadian Embassy along with that visa
application. And again, it could take longer than the normal application
that you would otherwise make, because special considerations have to be
made to determine whether or not you are deserving to come back.

Do You Need Help Returning to Canada After Deportation?

So I hope this video will give you some idea of what’s involved. For any
other information, you can certainly go to our website at
www.VisaPlace.com. Thank you and have a nice day.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with re-entry to Canada after deportation.

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

52 thoughts on “Can I Return to Canada After Deportation?

  1. Swathi

    Hi my name is swaths my application for refugee got rejected even in federal court.Now I have to return to my home country. But I want to come back again on student permit. Can you please explain me the process…

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Swahi. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Vicente bravo

    I went to Canada in 2006 and got a visa for 6 months, after being in Canada for 18 months I got deported for overstaying, I never applied for refugee or anything else. Canadian government hold me on a detention center and after 3 weeks provided me a flight ticket and sent me back to Mexico, never had criminal records or working illegally. My mother is a Canadian citizen. I want to come over for visit as a tourist for 2 weeks, even when Mexicans don’t need a visa anymore, want to know if there’s any chance to go back to Canada as a tourist?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Vincente. Deportation is very serious. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  3. Anil Kumar

    Hi. I came on study permit to Canada in 201. One year course. Completed with honours. Worked for 10 months. Then out of status for about a year. Then refugee claim in 2015 July. It got rejected. Appeal and fed court got rejected too. In fed court, my lawyer didn’t put up a motion record. And it got rejected. One consultant told me to cancel my flight ticket as he had applied for fed court (spam) so the border security got to know abour this and Removed me from Canada on 27 November 2016. Any chance I could come back to Canada?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Anil. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  4. Roy Richards

    Hi My name is Roy and I was deported from Canada because of my criminality, I was deported to Dominica, because I entered Canada from Dominica, but I live in England country of my birth
    It’s been over 20 years
    I have received a pardon from Canada and have been back a few times to visit my 28 year old daughter,aunts,uncles,brother,sister and many cousins
    How can I apply to return to Canada permanently?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Roy. We need to know more details about the deportation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. joseph

    Hi came to Canada 2001 claim refugee,application refuse and I got married but I was asked to go to home country for my visa eventually the visa was refused because I couldn’t supply more documents they required,I filled for divorce and start a new life in Spain and presently leave in U.K. Married and have three children ,I have a mortgage and my own business here in U.K. Previously apply for arc 2012 because they cannot statisfy that I will come back ,I just don’t do the proper documentation properly
    I was not deported I just left Canada without telling the immigration at the border just been ignorant my sister she’s a Canadian and I want to visit her how can do it pls

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Joseph. Your situation is complex from reading what you have written. There are many factors that will be considered before granting you a visitor visa. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  6. Par Persaud

    I was deported from Canada 25 years ago for Mia-rep. I arrive with falsify docs. I entered Canada with the said docs and try to border cross into the US. Bogus docs was detected and I was deported back to my home country.
    Any chance how I can travel to Canada to visit family members and do company business.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. A deportation is a serious matter. We will need to know a lot more about the details of the deportation order in order to give you some advice. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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  7. Cynflexx

    My father was deported back to the UK 23 years ago for criminal activity. He would now like to come back to Canada to visit family. He would only be here for a few weeks. What steps should I take to get his reentry into Canada. He has a wife and children who are UK citizens. This would only be a holiday.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello. A deportation is a serious matter. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your father after reviewing all the details of his situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Janeth Ponce

    Hi my name is Janeth I was deported in January 13 to Mexico with my ex husband and my two son’s one born in Canada, I pay for his air fare, but in migration pay for the three of us, my ex husband was in the hold center for almost a month before were send it back, I ask to leave with him because we were together at the time, we apply for refugee Asa family in 2009 and were denied in 2012 than apply for the pra and were denied in 2014 we stay as illegal almost 2 years and somehow they find us and told me I can stay and wait for my departure but we were very happy and I didn’t want to break my family, ones we all in Mexico it take less than a month to my now ex-husband start to beat me up and making threats to me and my sons, I have no money I went to the police twice already and they don’t do anything he stab me on my arm la month ago, I have all pics documentation of police reports etc, they release him because is not a criminal crime to do that, I’m living under stress my kids and I just want to go back, I just heard the news that Canada is lifting the visa requirements for Mexicans in December 1st I just want to know if is possible if I could just take a plane in that date and ask for refugee again obviously me and my older son, the little one is Canadian . ?? Please give me advise asap

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Janeth. Thank you for writing to us. Your deportation is a serious matter, and it is not alleviated by the new ruling on Mexican visitor visas. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  9. Mira

    The immigration removed the father of my child who is a uk citizen for overstaying for a year . Now its been a year passed can he come back to canada or does he have to apply first ?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Mira. Thank you for writing to us. The father of your child will need to have the proper immigration clearance in order to come back to Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for him. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. michael

    hi, i was excluded for 1 year from canada in january 2016 after my H&C has been denied, i applied has a homossexual, there is any way that i can return to canada before this year ends? my case was denied twice…. i was in canada for 5 years but with multiple entries, i was detained by an immigration officer while i was working illigaly…. do i need a special visa to go back? im from portugal

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Michael. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you based on all the facts of your situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. Gina Olimpia

    Hello,

    I am a Hungarian citizen and I was living in Canada from 2001 until 2006. I was a child 12 years old and only 17 years old when we moved back. I recently have found out that my mother has made a refugee claim and that was the status that we stayed in Canada with. I found a departure order from 2001, but we actually left in 2006 since I assume she had appeled a few times. When we left we all, including my mother and brothers have received a certificate of departure.

    My questions is the following: Is this a deportation order or departure order. Also I was a minor does that matter, it was not my intention to move or live in Canada let alone apply for refugee claim, no one has asked me about it, I didn’t even know our status untill now that I have asked my mother?

    I work for an international company in Hungary and I am involved in a project which would mean that I would need to visit our Canadian plant for 3 days then move on to USA to meet with the rest of the project team to analyze the global situation and make a decision.

    So my questions is would my history prevent me from visiting our Canadian lab for 3 days?

    Many thanks for your help and answer!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Gina. Thank you for writing to us. Departure orders are very serious and must be dealt with properly and without delay. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  12. Chicago joe

    I am from Chicago and tried to enter Canada 5 years ago with my cousin from Detroit. He failed to tell me he had less than 1 gram of weed on him. Of course they found it and detained us for five hours read us our rights threatened to charge us with smuggling but never gave us any documentation and eventually let us drive our car back to Detroit across the bridge. U.S. border patrol didn’t care either. Fast forward 5 years later my friend is having a bachelor party in Montreal. I went to the Canadian consulate in Chicago and they said to email the nyc consulate and ask them but by doing so if there is no file from 5 years ago there will be one after I send the email so they ultimately suggested my best bet would be to just buy the plane ticket and hope they’ve forgotten about it or didn’t write a report. is there any way to figure out if I will be allowed into Canada without actually going there?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Joe. Since you were detained and questioned for five hours, there is a high probability that the incident is recorded on your permanent record. When you cross the border again you will probably be questioned thoroughly again; this does not mean that you are inadmissible.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  13. Carolina

    Hi,
    Me and my husband filled a refugee claim that was denied. While in Canada we had a son. When we received the decision we applied for appeal (pra) and before we were given a date to leave we went to the office and have up, paid our air fares and left. We we ended up having a depiction order since it was during the appealing time (and after the 30 days). Now we really want to come back to show Canada to our son, who is a Canadian citizen. We want to know what are the chances for us to get this authorization to return, almost 5 years have passed since deportation.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Caroline. Deportation and Departure orders are very serious and you need to address them properly. We will need to know a lot more about your situation in order to give you the proper advice. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  14. Anonymous

    I was deported from Canada 16 years ago and I Pplied to re-enter 8 years ago but was denied a visa. I am a german citizen and my immediate family is there.
    How can you help me?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. A deportation and a denied visa are a serious immigration matter. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  15. Eromonsele Okhilua

    Hello, i was deported from Canada, after a refuge claim in 2015, during the process of the claim, i had applied to carleton university for a network technology course, and i recently got admission into the program, is this grounds to apply for a return to Canada. and what is my probability of getting in??…also while i was in Canada, i had a good credit, never got convicted, no debt, and also never worked.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Eromonsele. It is unfortunate that you have a deportation order on your permanent record. I assure you that you have come to the right place for help. We have been practicing immigration law in Canada for the past 18 years and we have been regarded as the top immigration law firm for seven years running. We can help you get the study permit that you need. It is not a simple process because the deportation has to be addressed first. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  16. Ivosha

    Hi,i was deported from Canada after refugee claim in may 2015.As far as i know,the only way to get back there is to get married.I have boyfriend in Ca and he wanna help me to come back.So what do i need to do?thanx a lot Ivosha from east Europe

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ivosha. There are two ways to apply for Canadian spousal sponsorship after you are married; Inland is the most popular because it will allow you to work in Canada while you are waiting for your sponsorship to be finalized.
      Best of luck, Vahe

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    2. Ivosha

      I have to make it clear.I am currently in my country and he is in Canada.In my country,same sex marriage is not allowed so what we need to do?Thanks a lot ……Ivosha

      Reply
      1. Vahe Mirzoyan

        Hello Ivosha. In that case it would be best to look in detail of your deportation order and see what we can do to allow you to travel back to Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
        Regards, Vahe

        Reply
  17. Raj

    Hello, I traveled to Australia on a student visa and converted it in to refugee visa. I returned on my own by informing them. They gave me 28 days to leave. I left on time. I am planning to Migrate to Canada through express entry. Will my Australian background be a concern for Canada immigration. Pl suggest. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Raj. Yes, your Australian background will be questioned by the Canadian immigration officer. It is the officers responsibility to ensure that they investigate the history of every applicant. Your situation is complex, but it is not impossible to get you Permanent Residence status through Express Entry. I suggest that you make an appointment to talk with one of the members of our immigration legal team by going to this website http://goo.gl/JFZqPm.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  18. Paul Swagler

    I am a 69 yr old male US citizen. I had a local DWI in Aug 2010. All court etc concluded in Jan 2011. Please advise me steps to be taken for legal reentry to Canada , with your fees.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hi Paul. You have come to the right place for help. You will need to do a Criminal Rehabilitation application. The fee depends on how many other issues need to be addressed. We will only know that after we have more details from you, which we can get if you complete this form http://goo.gl/RvRtRK
      You have a problem that we have lots of experience in fixing.
      Regards
      Vahe

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  19. Jarod Williams

    Hello there. In the early 90’s to mid 90’s I lived in Canada with an intent to go to school. After my sponsor died I overstayed there and got deported. Although I have siblings there who are citizens, is it possible for me to go back there with my children to visit? I live in USA now legally and have a green card while my kids are a US citizens, what are my chances of returning there for a visit only? Please help!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Jarod,

      Thank you for your post. I can definitely assist you with this to determine your options to be able to return back to Canada. In order for me to proceed, I must learn some more information about you and the application you had submitted for Sponsorship in the past. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  20. Tyson King

    I would please like to know if you were deported in error what’s the fastest way you can be brogt back to have your mattered heard in court, or to set a federal court hearing

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Tyson,

      Thank you for your post. I am sorry to hear about the deportation that you are facing. I would be more than happy to assist you with this, especially considering that deportation is an extremely time-sensitive matter. In order for me to be able to give you the most accurate advice, I must first learn more details about you and your case. Kindly complete this form for me Tyson, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  21. Ashleigh

    Hello my daughter’s father was deported from.canada in 2010 for 3 years and was wondering if he would be able to cross now with out having to go threw anything or what steps he needs to take to do so

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Ashleigh,

      Thank you for your inquiry. In order for me to determine his eligibility to return to Canada, as well as, if there is the need for him to obtain formal authorization to return from CIC prior to his entry, I would need to learn more details about him and his previous deportation from Canada. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with the details I need to proceed in advising you accurately. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  22. adrian

    is it possible for me to apply to canada for re entry after being deported due to a failed reconsideration hearing? The hearing was prompted by a new charge that was laid,yet withdrawn while I was on an appeal.

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hi Adrian,

      Thank you for your post. Yes it is very possible to have the opportunity to reapply to come back to Canada especially with the help of a skilled professional. I can assist you by informing you of what steps you need to take in order to reapply, but I would first need to learn more about you to determine your eligibility and credentials. Kindly complete this form for me Adrian, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  23. David

    Hey, I’m a mexican citizen, i’m 20 years old and my family and I lived in Canada for 6 years, from 2004 to 2010, i was 14 when we got deported. My questions are the following:
    1. Is it possible for me to move back after i graduate from my engineering degree? Even if i was a minor when it all happened?

    2. If my dad wants to go back with a work permit, would it be possible, and what would you recommend? Would your team be able to help and how do we seek your help?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello David,

      Thank you for your inquiry. It is absolutely possible for you to be able to move back here after graduating, despite your deportation…it’s just a matter of obtaining information from you to be able to determine if you are qualified to come back! The same would apply for your father, except in his situation and the recent Immigration law changes in Canada, he would need to find an employer first.

      We have helped hundreds of applicants obtain Visas or be able to immigrate to Canada on a more permanent basis who have faced deportation just like you. Please email me directly at [email protected] so that I may give you more details! MF

      Reply
  24. ALEXSANDER SAM

    I HAVE BEEN IN CANADA AND I WAS DEPORTED IN JAN 2012 AFTER REFUGEE CLAIM REFUSED … I HAVE OTHER CITIZENSHIP WHICH I CAN TRAVEL VISA FREE TO CANADA … CAN I BACK TO CANADA WITH MY OTHER CITIZENSHIP WITH KNOWN THAT I CHANGE MY NAME LEGALLY.

    THANKS

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Alexsander,

      Thanks for the question. If you were deported from Canada then you will need special permission in order to return. This is a very complex process and it would be highly recommended for you to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers in order to maximize the chances that you will be able to return to Canada.

      Regards,
      Owen

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      1. Chad Raisanen

        I went to Canada in 2009 and they told me at the airport that I was not allowed to stay in Canada, and told me that in the morning I was too return to immigration so they could deport me. I did not return to immigration in the morning to be deported, but I did get my own way back to the US, however when I called Canada Immigration when I was in the US, they told me that I had a warrant out for my arrest for not returning to Immigration the next morning. Would this warrant still exist? If so, what can I do to quash it?

        Thank You,

        Chad Raisanen

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Chad. Thank you for writing to us. This may be a very serious situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after finding out about all of the specific details of your situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

          Reply

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