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If you face a Criminal Inadmissibility or you have a previous Criminal Record like a prior DUI, you may be refused at a Canadian Border and Denied Entry to Canada.

Removal Order from Canada

Removal Order from Canada

Authorization to Return to Canada ARC

If you have received a removal order from the government of Canada and wishing to return then you may be eligible to apply for Authorization to Return to Canada.

Individuals that get removal order can be either due to:

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Criminal Rehabilitation to Overcoming Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Criminal Rehabilitation to Overcoming Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Determining Eligibility for Criminal Rehabilitation

You can be considered criminally inadmissible to Canada due to your past offense on record. If you wish to overcome your inadmissibility issue on permanent basis then you may be eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. Criminal Rehabilitation is for individuals in which 5 years have passed since the completion of the imposed sentence. Many factors play a role to determining if you are eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. This blog will help you understand how to overcome your past inadmissibility issue. So if you ended up in a sticky situation and have a travel date coming up to Canada or simply like to overcome your past criminal record then this blog is for you.

Individual Rehabilitation vs. Deemed Rehabilitation

The underlying difference between individual rehabilitation and deemed rehabilitation, is that with individual rehabilitation you have to submit an application to the consulate proving you are rehabilitated. This is done by presenting a compelling Criminal Rehabilitation application to the immigration officer, who will review and decide to see if you are truly rehabilitated.

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Denied Entry to Canada for Past Criminal Record

Denied Entry to Canada for Past Criminal Record

Entering Canada with a Criminal Record

Have you recently been denied entry to Canada due to a past criminal record and have missed your important business or leisure trip? Missing an important trip can be quite frustrating as you have spent your time, money and energy to be only sent back home.

If you wish to overcome your inadmissibility on temporary or permanent basis then you may be eligible for Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation.

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Temporary Resident Permit for Persons with Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Temporary Resident Permit for Persons with Inadmissibility Issue to Canada

Temporary Resident Permit

If you have past inadmissibility issue to Canada due to a criminal, medical or security reasons but have valid reasons to travel to Canada then you may be eligible Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

Applying for Temporary Resident Permit allows you to travel to Canada on temporary basis as it only takes cares of your inadmissibility on temporary basis.

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Using Criminal Rehabilitation to Sponsor a Spouse with Criminal Record

Using Criminal Rehabilitation to Sponsor a Spouse with Criminal Record

Having a Spouse with Criminal Record

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. If you have a spouse who has a criminal record, he or she may be denied entry to Canada. Furthermore, this inadmissibility will prevent you from successfully sponsoring your spouse. Fear not, you still have an option to sponsor a spouse with criminal record. Before applying for spousal sponsorship, there is a need to overcome your spouse’s criminality, depending on the nature of the crime and what sentence they received. In this blog, you will learn about how criminal rehabilitation can help you in the process of sponsoring a spouse with criminal record.

Resolving Criminal Inadmissibility

One of the most important steps prior to sponsoring a spouse with criminal record is to have the spouse’s criminal record expunged, obtain Criminal Rehabilitation, or be deemed rehabilitated. Rehabilitation means that you lead a stable lifestyle and that you are unlikely to be involved in any further criminal activities.

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How Can I Cross the Border Successfully

How Can I Cross the Border Successfully

Important Don’ts When Crossing the Border with Criminal Inadmissibility

Any foreign national will experience some anxiety or fear when crossing the Canadian border, especially when the Immigration officer asks questions regarding your criminal inadmissibility. Foreign nationals who have criminal inadmissibility or, in other words, a criminal record will have more questions and more examination from the Immigration officer when attempting to cross the border. Therefore, as a criminally inadmissible foreign national, you should be well-prepared and anticipate all questions that the Immigration officer may have for you. You should know what to do at the Canadian border, which is explained in our article “Top 5 Dos When Crossing the Border with Criminal Inadmissibility.” In addition, you should know what not to do at the border. Therefore, in this article, I will explain the top don’ts when crossing the border with criminal inadmissibility.

Top 5 Don’ts When Crossing the Border with Criminal Inadmissibility

It is very important and essential for foreign nationals to know exactly what to expect when entering Canada, specifically through a Canadian border. It is also very important for foreign nationals to know what not to do at the Canadian border. Immigration officers at the border are very observant with who enters Canada, especially with inadmissibility. Therefore, in order for foreign nationals with inadmissibility to better prepare themselves before entering Canada, please read the following top 5 don’ts when crossing the border with criminal inadmissibility.

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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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Can I Come to Canada with Criminal Record

Can I Come to Canada with Criminal Record

Denied Entry to Canada for Past Criminal Record

Did you know that having a past criminal inadmissibility issue can prevent you from entering Canada. If you have past criminal record and like to overcome your inadmissibility on permanent basis then you may eligible to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. Many travellers to Canada get Denied Entry to Canada for a DUI and many think it is not a big deal having a DUI on record. DUI is considered a major offence in Canada and being able to enter Canada with a DUI you have to overcome your inadmissibility on the Canadian side as well.

What is Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal Rehabilitation is an application you submit to the government of Canada and requesting to overcome your criminal inadmissibility on permanent basis. Once your Criminal Rehabilitation application is approved you are able to travel to Canada freely as long as you do reoffend. This application is only for persons that have committed an offence outside of Canada. If you travelled to Canada and ended up getting a criminal record then you have to apply for Record of Suspension formerly known as Pardon.

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Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Other Inadmissibility Issues Apart from Criminality

When a foreign national attempts to enter Canada, they must ensure that they do not have any inadmissibility issues. If they do have inadmissibility, unfortunately, they will be denied entry into Canada. Inadmissibility issues come in different forms other than criminality. Additionally, if a foreign national has an inadmissibility issue that does not involve criminality, it is important to determine why they have become inadmissible. In this blog, you will learn about different inadmissibility issues other than criminality that a foreign national can incur.

Different Inadmissibility Issues

If a foreign national has any of the following issues, they will be deemed inadmissible to Canada and must then obtain the proper authorization to re-enter or return to Canada.

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Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility

Applying for Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal history may be a major factor in the decision whether you are allowed entry into Canada. People with a criminal history require permission from the Canadian government in order to enter Canada. If you are attempting to enter Canada without the legal and necessary steps and precautions taken in order to be cleared for entry, you will find yourself refused entry at the border. If you are denied entry into Canada because of a crime, you are labeled as “Criminally inadmissible”. This article will discuss who is eligible for criminal rehabilitation in order to be admissible to Canada.

Qualifications for Criminal Rehabilitation

To be eligible for Criminal Rehabilitation the applicant must show the following:

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The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

The Various Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

Are you Inadmissible to Canada?

Unfortunately, people wishing to travel to Canada learn every day, that they are not permitted to enter the country, for one reason or another. This leaves them asking the question, “How do I do the important thing I wanted to do while I was in Canada? I care deeply to; visit for business, or, attend my sister’s wedding, or, visit my grandchildren in Calgary.” This is understandable, and the Canadian government recognizes there could be very valid reason for wanting to come to Canada, therefore, they have provided individuals the opportunity to submit specific applications which will help them overcome their inadmissibility and become admissible to Canada again. Throughout this article, we will discuss the many reasons individuals could be inadmissible, and, the various ways individuals can overcome their inadmissibility depending on the reason they are inadmissible.

What are the reasons I could be Inadmissible?

There are as I mentioned, a variety of reasons one can become inadmissible to Canada. This includes, but is not entirely limited to the following:

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Denied Entry into Canada

Denied Entry into Canada

What Is a Temporary Resident Permit?

A temporary resident permit is an option available to individuals who are otherwise ineligible to travel to Canada under the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA). There are many reasons you may be denied entry into Canada, which can range from having health issues to having a criminal record. If you have ever been denied entry at the Canadian border, or have had your visitor visa application denied, a temporary resident permit may be the solution for you! A temporary resident permit allows an individual to remain in Canada for the duration of the permit, and complete the tasks they have requested entry into Canada for. This could be a family member’s wedding, a business trip, to visit a sick relative, to study at a Canadian University, or for simple tourism. A temporary resident permit can be valid anywhere from one day to three years.

If you’re a foreign national who is ineligible for a temporary resident visa, or are from a visa-exempt country such as the United States, but are still inadmissible, then you must apply for a temporary resident permit to travel to the country. This article is intended to help you have a better understanding of temporary resident permits and their application process.

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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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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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Misrepresentation Questions and Answers

Misrepresentation Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers for Misrepresentation

In this article, I will address questions and answers for misrepresentation, as there are several different circumstances that can result in misrepresentation. This article is also meant to help you further understand what misrepresentation entails. Misrepresentation is described as a foreign national omitting information or falsifying information or documentation provided to Immigration. Additionally, if any information or documentation submitted to Immigration Canada is inconsistent, inaccurate or incomplete, the Immigration officer has the authorization and discretion to deem fraudulent behavior, and worse, misrepresentation. If you feel as though you would be eligible to appeal a Misrepresentation allegation, I suggest you read our article on “What Misrepresentation Means” before reading this question and answer article. This article is intended to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Misrepresentation.

Q: When sponsoring a foreign national, who is responsible if the application is deemed as misrepresentation?

A: This is a very good question and it is very important to know the distinction. Whenever there is a misrepresentation allegation, it unfortunately always falls onto the applicant. Therefore, it would be the foreign national who would be found inadmissible and ultimately deemed as misrepresenting.

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Will I be Denied Entry to Canada with a Criminal Record

Will I be Denied Entry to Canada with a Criminal Record

Denied entry into Canada with an Criminal Record

The Canada Border Service Agency has very strict health and safety regulations when it comes to who can enter Canada. One reason why you may be denied entry is due to ‘criminal inadmissibility’. If you have ever committed or been convicted of a crime, whether it is a minor or serious offence, you could be denied entry into Canada. For many this may come as a shock, especially as your crime may have been a minor offence for which no jail time was sentenced that occurred over 20 years ago; even a situation such as this can render you inadmissible.

Whether you are unsure if you are going to be denied entry, or if you have already been denied entry into Canada because of your criminal history, you may still be able to overcome your criminal inadmissibility, and enter Canada. Understanding what makes you inadmissible, and the options for how to overcome this can help you determine which option is best for you.

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How can I come to Canada with a DUI on Record

How can I come to Canada with a DUI on Record

Avoid Being Denied Entry into Canada – DUI

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, entering Canada is usually a relatively simple process: show the officer your passport and travel documents, go through customs, and then be on your way. Quite often travelers from the U.S. will not even receive a stamp on their passports. Once you are admitted to Canada you have a valid Temporary Resident Visa (tourist visa) for 6 months, unless indicated otherwise.

When going through customs, you may be asked some general questions about your plans or business while in Canada. In some cases, you may be sent to a second area for further questioning and screening of your background. It may seem alarming or stressful if this happens to you, but it is important to remember that random background checks are part of the process for Border Services Officers (BSO). It is possible that the officer may inquire if you have a criminal background. Many travelers to Canada are unsure if a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) type charge qualifies as criminal history.

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Reason for Being Denied Entry to Canada

Reason for Being Denied Entry to Canada

Denied Entry into Canada

Being denied entry into Canada is tough and embarrassing for many. Millions of people come to Canada every year whether it is for temporary or permanent residence. However, not always will you be allowed entry into Canadian soil. Below will be discussed why you can be denied entry into Canada, what you can do next, how to fix the reason why you were denied, etc.

Why can I be denied entry into Canada?

If you have been denied entry into Canada, there are many reasons why this could have occurred. One reason can be because of inadmissibility. Inadmissibility’s can be because of an offence you committed, your health, non-compliance with the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), etc. If you committed a crime inside outside of Canada, then you will be criminally inadmissible. You can also be denied because of your medical record. Your medical concerns may pose a burden on the Canadian healthcare or be a health hazard to other Canadians and thus it would make you medically inadmissible. You can also be denied on non-compliance issues because you might have done something bad in Canada in your previous stay or stayed longer than your permit allows you too or because you do not comply with the Immigration and Refugee Act. You can apply for a temporary residence to solve these problems.

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Denied Entry to Canada or on a Removal from Canada

Denied Entry to Canada or on a Removal from Canada

I am Denied Entry to Canada what do I do next?

If you have been denied entry into Canada, it can be because of inadmissibility. This can be because of criminality, medical, financial, etc. If you committed a crime outside of Canada, then you will be criminally inadmissible. You can also be denied because of your medical record. Your medical concerns may pose a burden on the Canadian healthcare. You can also be denied on un-compliance because you might have done something bad in Canada in your previous stay or stayed longer than your permit allows you too. In addition you can also be denied because you do not comply with the Immigration and Refugee Act. You can apply for a temporary residence to solve these problems.

If you have been denied entry into Canada because of your criminal, medical record, and un-compliance then you can apply for a temporary residence permit. This allows you to overcome your inadmissibility. If you have been convicted of a crime, then you can apply for criminal rehabilitation. But if your sentence is minor or if enough time has passed since you committed the crime you can be deemed rehabilitated. To solve your medical inadmissibility you can provide records from your doctor to prove that you won’t be a strain on Canada’s healthcare. There are two ways in which you can prove to get a temporary residence permit.

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Can I Enter Canada If I Have a Criminal Record

Can I Enter Canada If I Have a Criminal Record

Am I deemed Inadmissible to enter Canada with a criminal record?

Under Canada’s Immigration law, if you have committed or been convicted of a crime then you are criminally inadmissible. Normally if you are criminally inadmissible you cannot stay or live in Canada. This also includes both minor and serious crimes, such as:

  • Theft;

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Entering Canada with a Misdemeanor from U.S.A

Entering Canada with a Misdemeanor from U.S.A

Having a criminal conviction on your record may be problematic, as it may make it difficult for you to enter Canada. Criminal convictions make you criminally inadmissible to enter Canada, and you may require special permission. In most cases, you will be required to apply in advance for either a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or criminal rehabilitation.

However, on March 1, 2012, Canada made certain policy changes, which make easier for people with minor convictions to enter Canada. The policy changes were implemented under the new Tourism Facilitation Action Plan. The policy changes are directed towards people who have a one minor conviction that they may have long forgotten about. In this case you may be eligible to get a TRP at the Canadian port of entry.

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Canada Border Crossing Requirements

Canada Border Crossing Requirements

If you are crossing into the Canadian border, there are many things you should know before doing so. Mostly you need to keep in mind what documentations need to be provided and what your responsibilities are as you are entering.

In terms of documentation, there are many that you will need to provide including,

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Can I Enter Canada If I Have A DUI?

Can I Enter Canada If I Have A DUI?

Entering Canada with DUI or DWI

If you are attempting to enter Canada and you have a previous conviction, you may or may not be already aware that you may be considered inadmissible to Canada.

Having a DUI is a serious offense in Canada and can be translated into Canadian law as a hybrid or indictable offense.

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How Do I Get a Temporary Resident Permit for Canada?

How Do I Get a Temporary Resident Permit for Canada?
  • Have you made an application to Canada?
  • Were you denied entry into Canada?
  • Were the denial grounds based on inadmissibility like DWI or DUI?
  • Do you need to come to Canada for something important?

If you answered yes to these four questions, then you may be facing the challenging question, what can I do now?

Let us face the reasons for inadmissibility briefly to better understand the situation. Inadmissibility can be in the form of,

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Authorization to Return to Canada ARC

Authorization to Return to Canada

Have you been subject to a removal order?

If so, you may have to acquire an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC), depending upon the type of removal order you were subject to. It is important to note that a decision on your admissibility may only be made when you apply to come to Canada or at the port of entry. There are three types of removal orders; departure order, exclusion order, or deportation order.

The departure order allows you to return to Canada without an ARC if you followed the correct procedures. This means that, when you received the deportation order, you left Canada within thirty days and you confirmed your departure with an immigration officer at the port of exit. If you did not follow proper procedures, your departure order automatically becomes a deportation order, and an ARC application will need to be made.

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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.

There are many ways to bypass inadmissibility at the border:

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Travelling To Canada With a Criminal Record

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If you have faced issue at the border when attempting to enter 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.

People wish to enter Canada with a previous criminality are required to obtain a 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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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.

There are many ways to bypass inadmissibility at the border:

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Denied Entry to Canada from US

Denied Entry to Canada from US

It is a common misconception that an individual in possession of a US passport can travel to Canada without incidence or concern. The increase in information sharing between Canada and the US has resulted in a greater number of individuals being denied entry to Canada from the US due to past convictions and criminal records.

The North American Free Trade Agreement did bring our countries together in the sense that US Citizens do not require prior authorization to enter Canada but this does not mean they cannot be denied entry.

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