Denied an Entry in Canada? 3 Ways to Overcome Inadmissibility

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Unfortunately, success isn’t always the story for hopeful immigrants. We understand that it is a difficult and upsetting event. 😥

But don’t lose hope! You can enter Canada and not worry about being denied. There’s a way!

Whether you have a DUI (driving under influence) or anything more serious on your record, you may still be allowed to Canada if you have the ‘proper’ documents in place, and here’s how you can do it.

Published on December 6, 2023

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⛔ Who can be denied an entry in Canada?

Many factors can result in a denial of entrance into Canada. Some of the causes might be:

  • Lack of Valid Travel Documents
  • Proven Intention to Work Illegally
  • History of DUIs and DWIs
  • Fake Immigration Documents
  • Infectious illnesses and health problems that can be contagious to Canadian public
  • Lack of Funds
  • Failure to comply with IRPA’s requirements
🛫 How to Travel to Canada with a Criminal Record

There are 3 options for you to consider when it comes to traveling to Canada with a criminal record, such as:

One option to enter Canada even with a criminal record is to undergo Criminal rehabilitation prior to coming to Canada. Individual rehabilitation and deemed rehabilitation are the two types of rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation eliminates the reasons for a person’s rejection from entering Canada. When you’re rehabilitated, you’re living a steady life and aren’t likely to get into any further trouble.

To be qualified for rehabilitation, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Committed a crime outside of Canada and it’s been five (5) years since the crime was committed.
  • Was convicted of a crime outside of Canada and it’s been five (5) years since the sentence was served.

2 steps are required if you want to submit an application for rehabilitation:

➡️ Step 1: Fill Out the Application Form

There are a number of documents that need to be submitted together with your Application for Criminal Rehabilitation (Form 1444).

➡️ Step 2: Submit Your Application

To make sure you satisfy the requirements for a TRP, you can apply for criminal rehabilitation before you apply for a temporary residence permit. To accomplish this, you must fill out an application and send it by mail or courier only to the visa office in your location.

A permanent residence permit (PRP) application must be submitted in person at a government office, not at the border or the airport. You can do this with the help of our immigration experts at CanadaCIS who can submit it under your behalf.

As a temporary resident, a Temporary Resident Permit (TRV) is a document provided by the Canadian visa office showing that the applicant has satisfied the conditions for entry into Canada. Although do take note, entry to Canada is not guaranteed simply because you have a TRV.

To apply for a TRV, you will need to gather the following:

You must satisfy the following conditions in order to apply for a Canada Temporary Resident Visa:

  • You must be at least eighteen years old to apply for a primary visa
  • Have a passport that is valid and has at least one blank page on it when you go
  • Make sure all documents are in English or French, and then translate and validate them
  • Clear your criminal record using court documents
  • Make a budget to cover the costs of applying for and processing a visa when necessary
  • Sign all of the paperwork (don’t forget to add the dates)
  • Complete the VAC Consent Form and sign it
  • Give a brief explanation of your current immigration status, whether you’re in your native country or abroad
  • Prepare for arrival to Canada in advance
  • Convince the government of Canada of the temporary nature of your stay, and the fact that you will be returning to your home country shortly thereafter

If you’ve been charged with a crime but haven’t been convicted yet, you can still apply to come to Canada. It is possible for a Canadian immigration lawyer to produce a legal opinion letter containing information on the charge and the lawyer’s legal judgments of the issue for the client. In order to receive a legal opinion letter, you may discuss your immigration plans with one of our immigration experts who can assist you in finding a proper lawyer for this option.

📝 Other Possible Reasons for Inadmissibility to Canada

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🛤️Possible Immigration Routes To Canada

Canada offers various immigration routes to individuals seeking to move to the country.

These routes cater to different categories of immigrants, including skilled workers, entrepreneurs, investors, family members, refugees, and more.

It’s important to note that immigration policies and programs can change, so it’s advisable to check the official website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or CanadaCIS immigration experts for the most up-to-date information before making any immigration plans.

☑️ Who Can Help You Overcome Inadmissibility to Canada?

There are several immigration agencies available who can help you overcome your inadmissibility to Canada, although do take note that only selected agencies can help. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to help, our services do not include assistance towards inadmissible candidates. The best option would be to head over to the government of Canada’s website and search for more information on how to apply for criminal rehabilitation and which organizations provide proper help in doing so.

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