Denied Entry to Canada for a Criminal Record

In most cases, when someone from the United States wants to visit Canada, they are able to simply show their passport or other form of identification to prove their American citizenship and they are welcomed into Canada and on their way. However, this process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it should. Surprisingly, in some cases, people are actually turned away at the Canadian border or the port of entry. 

When this happens, the person is told they are being denied entry to Canada. There are many reasons why someone would be denied entry to Canada, but most commonly it is because they have a criminal record that renders them criminally inadmissible to Canada. But being denied entry to Canada is not the end of the possibility to you entering Canada – you have options.

What you can do when you are denied entry to Canada

As someone who is criminally inadmissible to Canada, there are several options available to you. These options include applying for a temporary resident permit, which will allow you into Canada for a temporary stay. In most cases, you need to have an urgent reason to visit Canada on a temporary resident permit to bypass criminal inadmissibility, such as a family emergency.

Another option is criminal rehabilitation, which will actually remove your criminal inadmissibility to Canada permanently. However, to be eligible for this process your criminal offense must have taken place over five years ago.

Determining which option is best for you, and the actual application process itself, can be a difficult task. However, a licensed immigration lawyer can prove to be an invaluable asset when it comes to overcoming or getting around your criminal inadmissibility to come to Canada.

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