Refused Entry to Canada at the border

When you are refused entry at the border, it can be very frustrating. If it comes as a surprise, it can be more than frustrating. It can be expensive if you’ve made plans, and a huge waste of time if you’ve travelled from afar or bought plane tickets. Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Being refused entry at the Canadian border can happen to anyone, and it happens for a number of different reasons. However, one of the main reasons this happens to foreign nationals – including United States citizens – is that they have a criminal record.

A criminal record can keep you out of Canada. And we aren’t just talking about major criminal offenses that result in jail time – Driving under the influence charges and even marijuana possession charges from years and years ago can spark a denial of entry.

Denied entry to Canada? Here are your options

When you are denied entry to Canada, you are left with several options. It is vital that you contact a licensed immigration lawyer (or attorney for our American friends), to discuss why you were denied entry and what you can do about it. This is because while there are options available, which option is right for you depends on your specific circumstances.

For example. If you have a criminal record stemming from longer than five years ago, you could consider criminal rehabilitation. Unfortunately, this application process can take several months – but if you are approved, you can remove your inadmissibility permanently.

If your criminal record is less than five years old, you could temporarily overcome your inadmissibility with a temporary resident permit. These can be applied for at the border – but that doesn’t mean they’re given out easily. Contact our immigration law firm for assistance.

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