I Have a Criminal Record, Will I Be Approved For a Canadian Visa?

Many people are denied Canadian visas or denied entry to Canada because they have criminal records. Their criminal records could be due to something seemingly small or insignificant, as well as stemming from a crime committed decades ago. If you have such a criminal record, you can be considered criminally inadmissible to Canada and be denied entry to Canada or denied a Canadian Visa. Denied entry to Canada

Can I be approved for a Canadian visa with a criminal record?

Whether or not you can be approved for a Canadian visa with a criminal record depends greatly on the different factors surrounding your criminal record and original criminal conviction. It is important to consult with a licensed immigration lawyer if you have a criminal record that could interfere with your being admitted to Canada or obtaining a Canadian visa.

In many cases, people with criminal records can obtain a temporary resident permit that will allow them to visit, work or study in Canada even if they have a criminal record. However, what you can do on a temporary resident visa is quite limited and you may need a different type of visa depending on your reasons for coming to Canada.

Another route you could take is obtaining a pardon in your home country that will clear your criminal record. However, not all pardons from other countries are recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Canada maintains strict requirements for who is allowed and who is not allowed to obtain a Canadian visa. If you have a criminal record and are worried about an immigration refusal or being denied entry to Canada, a licensed immigration lawyer can help you. Contact us using the form on the right!

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