Denied entry to Canada for a criminal offense
If you commit a crime, it can come back to haunt you later. This is especially true if you want to enter Canada one day. For example, did you know that if you want to enter Canada but you have a criminal record, you could be denied entry? It happens a lot, and even United States citizens can be denied entry to Canada if there is a criminal offense on their record.
Even if the criminal offense is old, or for something very small – if the immigration officers at the Canadian border have any doubts, they will not allow you to enter the country. This can be quite embarrassing and upsetting. But did you know that you have options?
Options when you are denied entry to Canada
If you have been denied entry to Canada or you are worried that you will be denied entry, there are options available to you.
One option is applying for a temporary residence permit, or TRP. This will allow you to enter Canada on a temporary basis, and is one thing that you can do if your criminal offense is newer than five years old.
If your offense is something older, you could be eligible for criminal rehabilitation, which is more of a process than an application. This is a permanent solution to criminal inadmissibility, but it does take several months.
It’s not always clear whether you will be denied entry to Canada, or what option will be best for you. Make sure that you speak to a licensed immigration lawyer in advance of your travel to Canada so that there are no unpleasant surprises and you’ve sorted out your difficulties beforehand!
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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