Refused entry to Canada
Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of temporary visitors every single year – could you be one of them? Unfortunately, of the many people that come to Canada through the US-Canada land border or through Canadian airports, not everyone will be allowed into the country. This is for security reasons, but in some cases people who do not pose a security risk are often caught up in red tape and can’t enter the country.
This is because Canada may deny you entry if you have a criminal record, even if that criminal record is for something very minor or for something that happened long ago in the past, even decades ago.
But what can you do?
What to do when you are refused entry to Canada
If you are refused entry to Canada, your first step should be to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer. It is also a very wise move to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer before you travel to Canada if you even think you could be refused entry to avoid a significant waste of time and money.
A licensed immigration lawyer can review the reasons you are or could be inadmissible to Canada, and then help you look into whether you have options. You could be able to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, which is like temporary permission to enter the country, but this is not a permanent solution.
A process called criminal rehabilitation is also available, and this will allow you to overcome your inadmissibility permanently. However, this process is long and very complicated.
Whatever your concerns, please contact us! We have helped many people in your situation or in similar situations, and we can help you too. Contact us at the number above or the e-mail form on the right for a consultation.
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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