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Denied Entry to Canada for a Misdemeanor Crime

By Michael Niren April 5, 2013 (Updated July 26, 2022) 2 min. read
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Did you know that a criminal record can cause you to be refused entry to Canada? This is even true for small crimes, including misdemeanors. Many people who try to enter Canada every day are surprised and distressed to learn that they are inadmissible to Canada, and it can be upsetting to have to turn around and return to the United States if you had plans or an emergency in Canada.

If you have a criminal record and want to travel, speak with a licensed immigration lawyer before you do. This is important because a licensed immigration lawyer can help you determine if you are inadmissible to Canada, and if so, what to do about it. This will prevent wasted time at the border.

Options When You Are Denied Entry to Canada

When you are denied entry to Canada, you have two main options. An immigration lawyer can help you determine which of these options is best for you.

For example, you could be eligible to apply for a temporary resident permit, which is something that will allow you into Canada temporarily even if you are otherwise inadmissible. You usually need to prove that you have a good reason, such as an emergency, in order to qualify for this.

Another option is criminal rehabilitation, which can take several months to process. However, this is quite a worthwhile process because it allows you to overcome your criminal inadmissibility permanently.

Are you someone who has a criminal record? Even if the criminal record is old or for something like a misdemeanor, it is a good idea to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to discuss your personal situation and explore your options.

Have You Been Denied Entry to Canada?

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