Deported From Canada? How to Return Legally
Can I Return when Deported From Canada?
When a person breaches the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, they can be deported from Canada. There are several ways one can be deported from Canada, including committing crimes or overstaying visas and being caught.
The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for removing people from Canada who have been issued a removal order.
There are three different kinds of removal orders:
Deportation order: If a deportation is issued, the person is banned from Canada permanently. If someone is deported from Canada, they are not allowed to come back to Canada unless they have written permission from the Canada Border Services Agency.
Exclusion order: An exclusion order prevents someone from coming back to Canada within one year – but if the exclusion order was issued because of misrepresentation that time limit is increased to two years.
Departure order: If a departure order is issued, a person must leave Canada within 30 days.
However, removal orders can be appealed to prevent or delay someone being deported from Canada.
Appealing removal orders may be the only way to prevent being deported from Canada – but you cannot wait. When someone is facing deportation from Canada, time is the enemy and you should contact an immigration professional immediately.
But if you are removed from Canada, there are options.
You can apply for an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC). An ARC is an application made to the Canadian Embassy in your region that, if approved, will allow you to return to Canada despite your deportation order. ARCs are not easy to get and you need compelling reasons to get approved. They can take many months for processing.
The best strategy is to not get deported in the first place. If you are facing removal you should act fast before its too late.
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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