Denied Entry to Canada for a Criminal Record

People from all over the world travel to Canada for a variety of reasons, including to shop, vacation, or visit friends and family. In some cases, people from certain countries require visas to come to Canada. In other cases, nothing but a valid passport is necessary to visit Canada – such as from the United States. 

Americans may visit Canada freely and for a number of different reasons, either by land at the US-Canada border or at a Canadian port of entry such as an airport. However, Americans can also be denied entry to Canada at both types of locations. There are several different reasons one may be denied entry to Canada, although commonly it has something to do with the traveler having a criminal record.

Even criminal convictions that occurred decades ago, happened in a country other than the United States or seemingly small criminal convictions can cause someone to be denied entry to Canada. Do you have options if you’ve been denied entry to Canada? Yes!

Options when you are criminally inadmissible to Canada

If someone is denied entry to Canada because of a criminal record, they are considered criminally inadmissible to Canada. When you are criminally inadmissible to Canada, you have two options.

First, if your criminal conviction is from less than five years ago, you may consider applying for a temporary resident permit, which is similar to a visitor’s visa to Canada.

Secondly, if your criminal conviction is from over five years ago, you could consider applying for criminal rehabilitation. This process would remove your inadmissibility allowing you to enter Canada without needing a temporary resident permit or any other form of advance special permission.

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