Denied Entry to Canada for a Criminal Record

If you are an American citizen who has a criminal record and you are planning to come to Canada for any reason in the near future, you may want to discuss your situation with a licensed immigration lawyer. This is because many American citizens find themselves denied entry to Canada every year as a result of their criminal records, which can make them criminally inadmissible to Canada

This can be a deeply distressing and even embarrassing situation if you have travel plans and have to turn around at the border. But if this happens, you are not without options!

What to do if you are criminally inadmissible to Canada

One can overcome their criminal inadmissibility to Canada entirely by applying for criminal rehabilitation, or they can bypass their inadmissibility for a short period of time by applying for a temporary resident permit. Criminal rehabilitation requires that your conviction be older than five years, so if your conviction or reason for having a criminal record is less than five years old, a temporary resident permit may be a better option for you.

Bypassing or overcoming your criminal inadmissibility to Canada is not an easy process. After all, the government has denied you entry to Canada for a reason. But with the right professional assistance, the process can be much easier for you and you may have a higher chance of success.

We are a team of licensed immigration lawyers who can help you with your application, whether it is an application for criminal rehabilitation or for a temporary resident permit. If you are not quite sure which type of application is best for you, we can help you determine that. We can also help you determine if you are in fact inadmissible to Canada based on a criminal history, or any other of the many reasons people are denied entry to Canada each and every day.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.