If I visit Canada with a criminal record will I be denied?

Did you know that if you have a criminal record and you attempt to enter Canada, you could be denied entry at the border or port of entry? This means that you will have to turn around and return to where you came from immediately, and any money you’ve spent on your trip will likely be wasted. Don’t let this happen to you! Read on: 

Being denied entry to Canada

Criminal records that are old or for seemingly insignificant offences can still cause you to be criminally inadmissible to Canada.

If you are denied entry to Canada it can be very frustrating and even embarrassing. However, there are two different options if you are criminally inadmissible to Canada:

What are my options?

If your criminal conviction occurred more than five years ago, you could make an application for criminal rehabilitation at your local Canadian consulate. If successful, this application will remove your criminal inadmissibility.

You may also apply for a temporary resident permit, which is sometimes also called a Canadian visitor visa. This will allow you into Canada even if you are criminally inadmissible, but be warned: You could still be denied entry at the border, or you could be denied for a temporary resident permit all together.

A temporary resident permit can be obtained at the Canadian border or port of entry, as well as at your local Canadian consulate. There are benefits and drawbacks to each method of application.

For example, when you apply at the border you can be approved instantly. But, you can also be denied just as instantly. If you apply at the consulate, the processing time is much longer but you will not have to face being denied at the border.

Whatever option you choose, speak to a licensed immigration lawyer if you are worried about being denied entry to Canada. We can help you make sure all of your documentation is in order for applying for a temporary resident permit, or we can help you determine if an application for criminal rehabilitation is a better idea. Don’t wait until your trip to discover if you’re going to be denied entry to Canada.

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