If you have a criminal record of any kind, you could be criminally inadmissible to Canada. This means that if you were to try to cross the border into Canada or were to try to enter Canada via an airport, you would be denied entry or put on the next flight home. It does not matter if you have a small or old criminal offense on your criminal record, and it does not matter if you have already paid for your trip in full of you have a pressing family emergency – you will not be allowed in if you have been deemed criminally inadmissible.
It is worthwhile for a foreign national or American citizen to determine if they are inadmissible to Canada in advance of their travels, because there are options for them to overcome this inadmissibility and enter the country.
Options for people who are criminally inadmissible to Canada
One can apply for a temporary resident permit – or a TRP – at the Canadian border. However, these are not given out easily and the applicant will have to bring several important pieces of supporting documentation with them as well as prove that they are entering Canada because of an urgent matter. This can be a viable option for people with criminal offenses that are more recent.
For people who have criminal offenses on their records that are at least five years old, they could consider applying for criminal rehabilitation in order to enter Canada. This process will remove your current criminal inadmissibility, but it takes several months.
Speak with a licensed immigration lawyer if you suspect you are criminally inadmissible to Canada – we can help you! We have helped many people enter Canada who were previously inadmissible or who have been denied entry to Canada.
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