Overcoming criminal inadmissibility with a TRP
If you are someone who is inadmissible to Canada, you could overcome your criminal inadmissibility temporarily with a TRP, or Temporary Resident Permit.
Why would someone be inadmissible to Canada? Well, in these times of heightened border security many people are caught up in increasingly strict security restrictions and regulations who don’t need to be. When this happens, sometimes people who pose no thread to Canada or Canadians aren’t allowed in even if they have a pressing matter to attend to. Could this happen to you?
It’s not a guarantee that you’ll be denied entry to Canada if you have a criminal record, but it is always a possibility – even for a small crime or very old record. Luckily, someone who is inadmissible to Canada has options.
What does a Temporary Resident Permit do?
A Temporary Resident Permit, or TRP, is a special permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that will allow you to come to Canada on a temporary basis even if you are inadmissible to Canada. There are different types of Temporary Resident permits and different ways to apply.
Before you consider applying for a Temporary Resident Permit, discuss your situation with a licensed immigration lawyer. They can help you determine what your best course of options are.
For example, someone who has a criminal record that is less than five years old may benefit from a Temporary Resident Permit, but someone with an older criminal record could be eligible for criminal rehabilitation, which will remove the inadmissibility altogether.
In addition, you could apply for the Temporary Resident Permit at the border or at the Canadian consulate, with each of these options having benefits for drawbacks.
A licensed immigration lawyer can be your best asset when determining your course of action when it comes to being criminally inadmissible to Canada, and what to do about it.
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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