Have You Been Refused Entry to Canada?

Have you tried to enter Canada and were refused? Or do you think you may be refused if you try to enter Canada? We know that it is a very stressful and disrupting experience.

You Have Options!

When it comes to being refused entry into Canada, it is important you deal with the situation properly. Whether you have a criminal record like a DUI or something even more serious, you may still be admitted into Canada as long as you have the ‘right’ paperwork in order.

You will most likely need to file a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) application which is a ‘Form IMM 5708’. Form IMM 5708 is the official document issued by a Canadian visa office that is placed in your passport to indicate that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, a student, or a worker).

There are a number of reasons you can be found inadmissible or refused entry to Canada, such as:

  • Security
  • Human or international rights violations
  • Criminality (even DUIs and DWIs)
  • Organized criminality
  • Health grounds
  • Financial reasons
  • Misrepresentation (of any kind)
  • Non-compliance with IRPA

Even having an inadmissible family member can cause you to be denied.

Normally, if you are inadmissible to Canada, you will not be allowed to enter, unless you know how to prepare the ‘right’ paperwork. If you have a ‘reason’ to travel to Canada that is justified in the circumstances, you may be issued a temporary resident permit (TRP).

Top 4 Questions We Get About TRPs:

1. Can I Apply for a TRP at the Canadian Border?

If you are a U.S. citizen or a citizen from a visa exempt country, you could apply for your TRP at the Canada/U.S. Border. If you are approved, a ‘Temporary Resident Permit’ will be granted.

However, there are some risks to consider when applying for a TRP at the border or airport. You could be refused and turned away at the border. In some very unusual cases, you could be detained by the Canadian Immigration authorities (this is rare).

2. Can I Apply for a TRP at a Canadian Embassy?

In most cases, TRPs are submitted to a Canadian consulate or Canadian embassy for processing. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply for a TRP at a Canadian consulate in the United States. However, the downside for applying at a Canadian consulate rather than the border is that processing times for TRP applications at the Canadian consulate sometimes can take a number of months.

3. How Long Are Temporary Resident Permits Valid For?

The duration of your TRP varies depending on the circumstances of your case. TRPs can be valid for a number of months or years, and they could be for a single entry to Canada or for multiple entries to Canada.

4. What If My Criminal Offence Took Place Years Ago?

In certain cases, if your conviction occurred 5 years ago or longer, you may be eligible to make an application for Criminal Rehabilitation to enter Canada. A ‘Criminal Rehabilitation’ application (if approved) will wipe out your criminal inadmissibility that prevents you from entering Canada. If you travel often to Canada, you may want to apply for this.

Note: Unlike Temporary Resident Permits, an application for ‘criminal rehabilitation’ cannot be made at a Canada/U.S. border. You should make an application for criminal rehabilitation at a Canadian consulate or embassy.

Professional Help Can Increase Your Chances of an Approval

Even though you can submit your own TRP application, we do not recommend this. Canadian immigration regulations are strict when it comes to even minor criminal offensive and even for offences that have occurred many years ago.

TRP applications can have a higher risk of refusal in cases where the application is not properly prepared. The Canadian immigration standards are very high. We find this is the number one reason why people are denied entry is due to not enough knowledge of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of TRP applications.

You MUST have all the ‘T’s crossed and all the I’s dotted’, if you expect to cross the border with ease. The documentation and processes involved in successfully obtaining a TRP can be complex and usually require legal expertise.

It is always important to consult with a Canadian immigration lawyer regarding any possibility of refusal or denial of entry to Canada due to criminal offences. A qualified Canadian immigration lawyer can advise you on whether your criminal offence makes you inadmissible to Canada or not.


Why Hire Us to Help You With Your TRP Applications

Many of our clients are happy to relieve themselves of the headaches of preparing paperwork and having to deal with government red tape by outsourcing this work to our professional team of immigration experts.

It is our pleasure to see clients enter Canada stress-free without all the hassles of filing tons of complicated paperwork.

We have literally helped thousands of people to successfully attain a TRP so they can visit, work, or study in Canada and we are certain we can help you too!

The first step towards getting a TRP and avoiding being refused entry to Canada is to get an assessment of your specific situation. Call us today at 1.866.449.5904 for an assessment to see if you are eligible to move to Canada, or fill out our online assessment form.

Customer Reviews

After initially having a very bad experience with one of their immigration consultants and after posting a negative review on Google I was immediately contacted by the Managing Director to reschedule another consultation to try and provide me with a more positive experience. I have been impressed by their attention to customer service as a result of this and I appreciate the initiative that they have taken to turn my negative experience into a positive one. My second consultation was a great experience, I spoke with Brian about my Canadian PR application and he was able to give me great advice and was extremely helpful. He answered all my questions and explained the process of how to apply and was very patient with me which I really appreciate.

Madhav Kin the last week

Great law firm with great staff. My lawyer Rania did a great job for my Canadian work permit and my daughters study permit. You are great in your work. And my Para Legal officer Alicea, you are just amazing. They did not rest until my job was promptly and properly done. Always there to answer my calls, reply my emails promptly. She tried her best and the results were amazing. I recommend visa place if you need the best immigration job. Many thanks to Rania and Alicea.

Charity Musaa month ago

Great firm on top of their game. Worked with us til the end to ensure my parents visa was approved and guided us along the way in a professional manor. Natalie is awesome. Majority of our communications were via email, but the responses were immediate. I would greatly recommend this firm. Thank you for all your hard work and help. My family and I do really appreciate it.

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