Are you Criminally Inadmissible to Canada?
If you have a previous criminal conviction, you’re likely inadmissible to Canada, whether you know it or not. If this is the case for you, you may be surprised one day when you show up at the border and are denied entry into Canada. More than surprised though, you’ll likely be very upset. To avoid this happening to you, it is important to deal with your inadmissibility before attempting to cross the border. This can be done various ways; a temporary resident permit, or an application for criminal rehabilitation. A temporary resident permit is a temporary solution, whereas an application for criminal rehabilitation overcomes inadmissibility permanently, and allows individuals with criminal records to again become admissible travellers. Throughout this article, we will discuss how to apply for criminal rehabilitation, and who is eligible to do this!
Who Can Apply for Criminal Rehabilitation?
Obviously, individuals with a criminal record can apply for criminal rehabilitation. Though, the charges on your record must have occurred at least a certain number of years ago, to be eligible for criminal rehabilitation. The number of years which must have passed from the time you successfully completed all the conditions of your sentence is dependent on the crime you committed in the first place. If you were convicted on a summary conviction, otherwise known as a misdemeanor in the Unites States, at least 5 years must have passed since the time you completed all the conditions of your sentence before you are eligible for criminal rehabilitation. Otherwise, if you were convicted of an indictable offense, or what would be known as a Felony in the United States, at least 10 years must have passed since you successfully completed all the conditions of your sentence. If you committed an offense which would have resulted in a prison sentence of at least 10 years, you will never be eligible for criminal rehabilitation.