Understanding Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC): Who needs it and Why

If you’re a non-Canadian citizen who has been issued a removal order by Immigration Canada, you might need to request an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC).

Whether or not you need an ARC depends on the type of removal order you received. If it was a deportation order, an ARC application is mandatory before you can return to Canada. Additionally, your return to Canada is subject to the decision of Canadian immigration. Once you have been granted an Authorization to Return to Canada, you can come back to Canada at any time.

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and are planning to leave the country for an extended period, you may require an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC) to ensure that you can re-enter the country when you’re ready. An ARC is a document issued by the Canadian government that allows individuals who have been deemed inadmissible to Canada to re-enter the country.

The process of obtaining an ARC can be complex, and it’s essential to have a clear understanding of what it is, who needs one, and how to apply for it. An ARC is typically required for individuals who have been deemed inadmissible to Canada for a variety of reasons, including criminal convictions or security concerns.

It’s crucial to note that an ARC is not a guarantee of re-entry into Canada. The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) has the final say on whether an individual will be allowed back into the country, even if they possess an ARC. However, having an ARC can increase the likelihood of being granted re-entry.

It’s important to keep in mind that failure to obtain an ARC when required can result in significant consequences, such as being denied re-entry into Canada, or in some cases, being deported. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand the requirements for obtaining an ARC and to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation before leaving the country.


What do you need to know before apply to ARC

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has been removed from Canada and need to return, it’s important to understand the factors that immigration officers will consider when reviewing your application for an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC). One of the most critical factors is the reason for your removal order. If the issue that led to your removal from Canada is still unresolved, the likelihood of a successful application may be low.

To increase your chances of success, you will need to demonstrate to the immigration officer that you understand the reasons for your previous removal and can prove that you will not repeat the same behavior that led to your removal. Additionally, you will need to provide a compelling reason for re-entering Canada. The length of time since the removal order was issued and your current situation may also be taken into consideration.

At Akrami & Associates, our experienced legal staff can provide you with the necessary legal advice and guidance to help you navigate the complex ARC application process. We can help you understand your options, provide you with valuable insight into your situation, and assist you with procedural matters. Don’t hesitate to call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.


How to apply for ARC

To apply for an ARC, individuals must complete an application and provide supporting documentation, which may include police certificates, court records, and any relevant immigration documents. The processing time for an ARC application can vary, and it’s essential to apply well in advance of your intended return date. 

Additionally, you must also provide two passport-sized photographs taken within the last six months, a copy of your passport, and a written letter explaining in detail the reasons why you should be allowed to return to Canada. The letter must be in English or French and written in block letters in black ink or typed.

It is important to note that if you are from a visa-exempt country and require an ARC to re-enter Canada, you must submit all these documents by mail to the visa office responsible for your region. In case your departure order became a deportation order because you did not leave Canada within 30 days of the date the departure order was issued, you must explain the reasons why you did not leave Canada within the allotted time.

To complete your application, you will need to pay a processing fee of $400 CAD, which you can pay online. If you are required to repay any costs related to your removal from Canada, the amount will be communicated to you during the application process.

It is also essential to note that if you send any documents in a language other than English or French, you must include a certified translation. In case an interview is necessary or additional documents are required, you will be notified in writing. Similarly, you will be notified of the final decision in your case in writing as well.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, our experienced legal staff at Akrami & Associates can guide you through the application process. Please feel free to contact us for a consultation.


Important information about the application

It is essential to understand that there are several factors that the immigration officer will consider while assessing your application for an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC). 

Apart from your reasons for re-entering Canada, the officer will also take into account the reasons for the previous removal order, the probability of the same behavior being repeated, the duration since the order was issued, and your present circumstances. These factors play a crucial role in determining the success of your ARC application.

It is important to note that an incomplete or illegible application will not be processed, and it will be returned to you. Hence, it is crucial to ensure that your application is filled out accurately and that all the required documents are included.

It is vital to remember that there is no guarantee that you will be granted an ARC. It is at the discretion of the immigration officer to approve or reject your application based on the aforementioned factors. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a legal professional who can guide you through the process and provide you with the best possible chance of success.

Akrami & Associates is a reputable law firm that has been providing Canadian immigration law services for many years. Our team of legal professionals specializes in assisting clients with various immigration matters, including the Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC) application process. By seeking their help, you can benefit from their extensive knowledge and expertise in navigating the complexities of Canadian immigration law. They will guide you through the application process, provide you with the necessary legal advice, and ensure that your application is filled out correctly and that all required documents are included. With Akrami & Associates on your side, you can be assured that you have the best possible chance of success in your ARC application.



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