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Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Misconceptions about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

An individual may be inadmissible to Canada due to a variety of reasons; one of the most common types of inadmissibility is criminal inadmissibility. While entering Canada with a criminal record is possible, there are many misconceptions that need to be dispelled. In this blog, you will learn about common myths about criminal inadmissibility to Canada, so that you may be better prepared prior to coming to Canada with a criminal record.

I have been allowed into Canada in the Past

Often times, foreign travelers assume that they will be admissible if they were admitted to Canada with a criminal record before.  Unfortunately, this is not always true. Whether or not you are inadmissible is at the discretion Canadian immigration officers. That being said, while a previous officer might have deemed you admissible, another office may not do the same. Anyone with just a minor offence on their record, or who has had any interaction with the criminal justice system, stands a chance of being denied entry to Canada.

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Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit

Entering Canada with Criminal Inadmissibility

In order to ensure the security of every Canadian citizen and permanent resident, the immigration officers are vigilant, when it comes to accessing foreign nationals’ admissibility. That being said, having a criminal record can deny your entry to Canada. If you have a family gathering or a business meeting, being inadmissible to Canada can severely affect you, your friends, family, or even your employment. Have you ever wondered if you can overcome your inadmissibility to Canada? If so, you will learn about Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), which is a document that allows you to overcome your inadmissibility to Canada for a limited amount of time, in this blog post.

Reasons for being Denied Entry into Canada

There are many different reasons that may cause an individual’s inadmissibility. One of the most common reasons is security. If you have committed a crime, human or international rights violation, or terrorism, you are going to be inadmissible to Canada. Crimes may include: driving under the influence, organizational crime, or any serious crime that would be punishable by a maximum prison term of at least 10 years in Canada.

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FAQs for Temporary Resident Permits

FAQs for Temporary Resident Permits

FAQ – Temporary Resident Permits

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Temporary Resident Permits in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Temporary Resident Permit application. A Temporary Resident Permit application is intended for foreign nationals with criminal inadmissibility who would like to visit Canada temporarily. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with a past criminal offence made in or outside of Canada with an opportunity to enter Canada even with their criminal inadmissibility. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Temporary Resident Permits in Canada.

Q: What exactly is a Temporary Resident Permit?

A: A Temporary Resident Permit, also referred to as a “TRP,” is a document that permits foreign nationals with either criminal or medical inadmissibility to enter Canada temporarily.

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Difference Between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Difference Between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

In Canada, there are two relevant applications that one may apply for if they wish to overcome their criminal inadmissibility; they are a Temporary Resident Permit or a Criminal Rehabilitation. The two have similarities in the matters that they deal with, specifically criminality, but they also have noticeably big differences. As a person with criminal inadmissibility, it is very important to determine which application is best suited for you. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the difference between a Temporary Resident Permit and a Criminal Rehabilitation, as well as which application you need to apply for based on your criminal past.

The Difference between a Temporary Resident Permit vs. Criminal Rehabilitation

Although both of these applications help criminally inadmissible individuals gain entry into Canada, there are major differences between the two. For instance, the most evident difference between the two applications is the length of time you are permitted to enter Canada for. Specifically, with a Temporary Resident Permit, you will only be permitted a single entry into Canada. The Temporary Resident Permit does not allow multiple entries into Canada. This permit will indicate the period of time that you are allowed to stay in Canada and any limitations to your travel in Canada.

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FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQs for Criminal Inadmissibility

FAQ – Criminal Inadmissibility

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for criminal inadmissibility in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation application. A criminal rehabilitation application is intended for foreign nationals with criminal inadmissibility who would like to come to Canada. It was intended to provide foreign nationals with a past criminal offence made in or outside of Canada with an opportunity to overcome the criminal inadmissibility. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for a criminal rehabilitation, I suggest you read our article on “How to Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to criminal inadmissibility in Canada.

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How Long Does It Take To Get A Temporary Resident Permit?

Applying for the TRP at the Canadian visa office may take up to six (6) months to process. The processing time depends on the visa office you are applying to. There are certain locations that are busier than the others.

The time may also depend on the type of admissibility you may have. For instance, convictions on your criminal record may be more complicated or serious and the decision on those applications may take more time. Depending on the case you may be called for an interview, although they are rare.

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Chris Brown Denied Entry Into Canada, Will Not Play ACC Tomorrow

Chris Brown Denied Entry Into Canada

Chris Brown has just sent out a tweet alerting fans that he will not be performing at his Montreal and Toronto shows this week, because he was denied entry to Canada by Canadian border agency.

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Travelling to Canada with a Criminal Record

Travelling to Canada with a Criminal Record

Travelling to Canada with a Criminal Record with Temporary Resident Permit

If you have faced issue at the border when attempting to enter Canada (if you have been refused or denied entry to Canada), you have firsthand knowledge of how frustrating or intimidating an experience this can be. Many people who attempt at the border are not even aware they are considered inadmissible until an Border Official first informs them.

What is Temporary Resident Permit

People wish to enter Canada with a previous criminality are required to obtain a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit. This permit is a special travel document that allows someone with criminality to enter Canada for a limited period of time.

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Temporary Resident Permit

If you were found inadmissible to Canada and previously denied entry to Canada, there is still a way for you to enter Canada if your reasons are justified. If you have not been to Canada before and you wish to do so, even though you have past criminal records, you present health or security risks, the same solution may apply to you.

There are two ways to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit.

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Temporary Resident Permit Canada DUI

Temporary Resident Permit Canada DUI

There are various reasons why you might need a Temporary Resident Permit to enter Canada. This could be for reasons of:

  • Criminality DUI OR DWI
  • Misrepresentation
  • Health
  • Non-compliance

To overcome your inadmissibility, you have probably explored the options available to you, such as, how to apply for rehabilitation, what it means to be rehabilitated, what a record suspension is, and what a temporary resident permit is.

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Getting Into Canada with a Misdemeanor

Getting Into Canada with a Misdemeanor

The first thing that needs to be discussed is what a misdemeanor is. In Canada, a misdemeanor would be considered a summary offence. Summary offences are considered minor crimes with light jail sentencing or fines imposed on the convicted. Some misdemeanors may include

  • criminal mischief
  • shoplifting under a certain amount

If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, you may be permitted to enter Canada. In 2012, Canada implemented a policy in accordance with their Tourism Facilitation Action Plan. This new policy now allows United States citizens, with a misdemeanor on their record, to enter Canada. It is important to mention that, while impaired driving is a serious offence in Canada, this policy applies to those with an impaired driving conviction.

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How to Apply for Temporary Resident Permit Canada

If you are inadmissible to Canada on grounds such as,

  • Criminality
  • Health
  • Non-compliance

then you may wish to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. A Temporary Resident Permit will allow you to overcome your inadmissibility in order for you to enter Canada for justified reasons.

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Reasons to be Denied Entry to Canada

Reasons to be Denied Entry to Canada

There are many reasons a refusal of entry to Canada would be made. Some of these grounds include past criminal offences, health risks to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, lack of financial resources or inconsistent documentation presented at the boarder.

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