Someone who has a criminal record can be denied entry to Canada, causing many people who have been convicted of misdemeanors to wonder if they, too, could have problems entering Canada.
What is a misdemeanor? A misdemeanor is a crime that is sort of considered to be a “lesser” offense than more serious crimes. Misdemeanors do not generally result in jail time, but instead may come with fines or probation. However, having a misdemeanor on your record can still result in your being denied entry to Canada – even if you are a United States citizen, and even if the criminal record stems from something that happened a long time ago.
Options when entering Canada with a criminal record
If you have a criminal record, even a misdemeanor, it is recommended that you speak with a licensed immigration lawyer before you attempt to enter Canada by land or by air. If you aren’t sure whether you are inadmissible to Canada or not, it’s not very wise to just “hope for the best” and try and enter any way. There is a very real possibility that you could be denied entry, which can be expensive and embarrassing – not to mention time-consuming.
Speaking with a licensed immigration lawyer before you attempt to enter Canada when you have a criminal record, even for a misdemeanor, can give you a much better indication of whether or not you will be denied entry if you try to enter Canada.
If there is a chance that you will be denied entry to Canada because of a criminal record for a misdemeanor, you do have options. For example, you could be eligible to apply for criminal rehabilitation to enter Canada, or you could be eligible for a temporary resident permit. Both of these are ways to overcome your criminal inadmissibility so that you can enter Canada.
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