Can I enter Canada with a criminal misdemeanor in my record?

You may be aware that it can be difficult for you to enter Canada if you have a criminal record. Most people understand this to mean that people with serious criminal histories will be denied entry to Canada, but this is not the only type of criminal history that can get you denied entry to CanadaEntering Canada with a Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor can also result in your being denied entry to Canada. Misdemeanor crimes may or may not result in jail time, and they are generally considered to be lesser crimes. However, Canada still treats any kind of criminal record as an issue and if you have a misdemeanor on your record you could be considered inadmissible to Canada for criminal reasons.

Your options when denied entry to Canada for a criminal record

When you are denied entry to Canada because you are criminally inadmissible, you still have options. Mainly, you have the option of applying for a temporary resident permit or for criminal rehabilitation.

A temporary resident permit could be an ideal option if your misdemeanor crime is less than five years old. This permit will allow you into Canada on a temporary basis, and once it expires you will still be criminally inadmissible to Canada. If you want to return to Canada, you’ll have to apply again.

Criminal rehabilitation is your second option, and this is actually a permanent solution. Once you are successfully approved for criminal rehabilitation your criminal inadmissibility to Canada will be removed. However, while a temporary resident permit application is processed almost immediately depending how you apply, criminal rehabilitation takes several months.

Are you criminally inadmissible to Canada? Contact our immigration law firm. We can help you overcome or remove your criminal inadmissibility.

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