Getting Into Canada with a Criminal Record

I’ve been denied entry to Canada with a criminal record?

Many people travel to Canada each year for vacations (we have great fishing up here!), to visit family or friends or even to work. However, a large number of people are also denied entry to Canada each and every year – sometimes, it’s very unexpected. Denied Entry to Canada

Even a “small” criminal conviction, such as a DUI charge that is decades old, can result in your being denied entry to Canada and hold you back. If you are a US Citizen with a criminal record, you can be denied entry to Canada even if you’ve been allowed in before – consider your previous success a fluke.

How to get into Canada with a criminal record

First, don’t panic if you have a criminal record and want to come to Canada. You have options. You will be able to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, which is also considered a Canadian visitor visa. This Temporary Resident Permit, or TRP, will allow you into Canada despite being inadmissible for having a criminal record.

You may either apply for a Temporary Resident Permit at the Canadian border or port of entry, or at the Canadian Consulate. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. For example, when you apply for a Temporary Resident permit at the Canadian Consulate, it can take quite a while. If you apply at the border, the results can be immediate but you could also find yourself denied entry anyway despite traveling all the way to the border – after all, it’s up to the border official.

While you can obtain for a Temporary Resident Permit at the border or port of entry, it is recommended that you meet or discuss your case with a licensed immigration lawyer – it is not a guarantee that you will get into Canada with a Temporary Resident Permit. A licensed immigration lawyer will help you have the best chances for getting into Canada with a criminal record.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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