Can I Return to Canada After Deportation?
(Below is a transcription of this video)
Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and founder of
VisaPlace.com. Today I’m going to talk to you about what happens if you are
deported from Canada and wish to return. This is an unfortunate situation
for many people who are removed and have been returned back to their home
country and wish to return back to Canada.
Returning to Canada After Deportation
Well, generally speaking, the process for returning to Canada is that you
have to make a special application called an “Application to Return to
Canada,” or ARC, that’s the short form. Usually an ARC application
accompanies another type of application, for example, a sponsorship.
So here is a common scenario: if you’re married to a Canadian citizen and,
unfortunately, you were deported from Canada, and you want to return, the
sponsor who is a Canadian citizen could potentially sponsor you to return
to Canada, but you’re going to have to, in addition, apply for an ARC at
the Canadian Embassy overseas in your home country.
Being Approved for Re-Entry to Canada
Now, being approved is not easy. It really depends on the reasons for your
deportation. If you, for example, were an overstay and you stayed in Canada
illegally for many years, or you have a criminal record, the government has
to be satisfied that you’re still deserving of returning back to Canada
despite the fact that you had an immigration history or you had a criminal
So it’s a separate application that has to be made, and you have to make a
very compelling case to convince an immigration officer to say yes, despite
that you were deported, you are deserving to return back. And it’s not easy
to do. It can take many months and you have to prepare a strong case. So
generally speaking, if you are deported, if you were removed from Canada,
there is a way out, there’s a way to return.
It’s called an ARC. It’s an application that has to be made, usually in
addition to any visa that you apply for to return back, and the application
is submitted at the local Canadian Embassy along with that visa
application. And again, it could take longer than the normal application
that you would otherwise make, because special considerations have to be
made to determine whether or not you are deserving to come back.
Do You Need Help Returning to Canada After Deportation?
So I hope this video will give you some idea of what’s involved. For any
other information, you can certainly go to our website at
www.VisaPlace.com. Thank you and have a nice day.
Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with re-entry to Canada after deportation.
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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