How can a U.S. Citizen visit Canada from NYC in 2012?

The friendly relationship between the United States and Canada means that citizens of either country are often traveling across the border to visit, vacation or go shopping.

In order to enter Canada, United States citizens need only show a valid passport and then they are often sent on their way into Canada.

However, this is not always the case. Many United States citizens are denied entry to Canada because the Canadian government deems them inadmissible to the country.

Will this happen to me? Can I be denied entry to Canada?

It is up to the border officials at the US-Canada border or port of entry whether you are allowed into Canada. A number of different factors can cause you to be denied entry to Canada, including:

Security reasons
International and human rights violations
Having a criminal record
Being involved in organized crime
Health problems
Financial concerns
One of your family members is inadmissible to Canada

The most common of all of these reasons are health problems and having a criminal record. If you are medically inadmissible to Canada or criminally inadmissible to Canada, you may be able to apply for a temporary resident visa (visitor visa) for Canada.

You could apply for this visa at the Canadian border or port of entry, or at the Canadian consulate.
You will have to demonstrate that you will not overstay your visitor’s visa, and that you have enough money to support yourself in Canada. You will also have to provide all of the information about your criminal case if applicable, and may need to undergo a medical exam.

Obtaining a temporary resident permit is not always easy, and you could still be denied for one. After we assess your case, we can help you determine if you are inadmissible to Canada and whether you are eligible for a temporary resident permit. Please contact us as soon as you know you need to travel to Canada!

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