Denied Entry to Canada for a Criminal Record

Approximately 300,000 people cross the United States and Canada border every single day. Naturally, not everyone gets across the border smoothly. In fact, a number of foreign nationals including United States citizens are denied entry to Canada every day. Many of them must simply turn around and go back to where they came from, which can be highly inconvenient and expensive. Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

But why are people denied entry to Canada? Actually, a criminal record is a major reason why people find themselves denied entry to Canada. Many people are surprised they can be denied entry to Canada even if they know they have a criminal record, because it doesn’t always matter what the criminal record is for. In fact, decades old offenses can come back and cause you to be denied entry.

What can I do if I have been denied entry to Canada

If you have been denied entry to Canada, you do have options. But the important thing to know is that these options are not usually instantaneous and take preparation. The best thing you can do if you have a criminal record and think you might be denied entry to Canada is to speak to a licensed immigration lawyer to determine if you are in fact inadmissible to Canada.

If you are inadmissible to Canada, you could apply for a temporary resident permit or for criminal rehabilitation. A temporary resident permit will be the option for you if your offense is less than five years old, while criminal rehabilitation can be used for a criminal offense that is more than five years old. To temporarily overcome your criminal inadmissibility, you can apply for a temporary resident permit. To remove it completely, you can apply for criminal rehabilitation – however, this is very time consuming.

Contact us for assistance if you are concerned about being denied entry to Canada.

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