Can I be denied entry to Canada for a criminal offense?

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the past and it led to you having a criminal record, this could prevent you from entering Canada. It does not matter how not serious or serious your original crime was, as any criminal record has the potential to cause you to be denied entry to CanadaCriminal Inadmissibility to Canada

If this happens to you, you will be turned away at the border or airport. It can be costly and embarrassing, and will definitely put a dent in your plans to visit Canada no matter how important they were. Before you travel to Canada, it pays to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to determine if you are inadmissible to Canada or not because of your criminal history. If you are inadmissible, you do have options.

Overcoming criminal inadmissibility to Canada

If you are inadmissible to Canada because of a criminal record and this criminal record is less than five years old, you could consider applying for a temporary resident permit, which is like a visitor’s visa. This is almost like asking for advance permission to enter Canada, and you can apply for a temporary resident permit at the Canadian border. But keep in mind, applying for a temporary resident permit is not easy and just because you apply for one does not mean you will be accepted.

For criminal records that are more than five years old, you could consider applying for criminal rehabilitation. Unlike a temporary resident permit, this is not something that can be done at the Canadian border. It actually takes several months to complete a criminal rehabilitation, so you should discuss beginning this process with a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as you know you need to travel.

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