Information to Know Before Coming to Canada with Inadmissibility
In order to enter Canada as a visitor or if you intend on immigrating to Canada, you must take Canadian Immigrations laws into consideration; these laws are in place for the safety and security of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Canadian Immigration is extremely selective with who they allow into the country and under what circumstances. This is especially the case if you are deemed inadmissible to Canada for a past criminal offence made in or outside of Canada. In order to enter Canada, you must first overcome the criminal inadmissibility by taking certain steps. There are specific considerations and factors that you should know before coming to Canada with an inadmissibility issue. In this article, I will address those factors and other information you should be aware of before attempting to enter Canada with inadmissibility.
What to Ask a Canadian Immigration Professional about your Inadmissibility
Before attempting to cross the border or enter Canada, there are some essential aspects of the process that you must be aware of. There are a lot of American citizens that assume that it will be very easy and simple to cross the border into Canada without first analyzing why they are coming to Canada and if there are any further requirements they need. For instance, if you have a criminal inadmissibility from a past criminal offence, you will need to apply for either a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation. For these specific applications, please read our blogs on these topics. Furthermore, even if you’ve had a criminal offence from 40 years ago, most immigration officers will refuse your entry due to inadmissibility. There are many people who are unaware of this or forget about their past convictions and/or offences and consequently become disappointed when they are not permitted entry into Canada. You can be travelling to Canada as many times with a criminal record should the day come that an immigration officer scans you in then you have no choice but to overcome your inadmissibility. Immigration border is not frequently scanning travelers to Canada to ensure the safety of Canadian citizens.
Therefore, before you attempt to enter Canada, it is important to ask a Canadian immigration professional certain questions to see what is required of you with regards to your particular circumstance. Below is a list of questions that you may ask.
- What are the forms and/or documentation required of me to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit?
- What are the forms and/or documentation required of me to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation?
- If I am approved for either application, how long is it valid for?
- What does it mean to be inadmissible?
- I have entered Canada and the Immigration officer had informed me that I may be inadmissible – what are my next steps to overcome my inadmissibility?
- I have entered Canada several times but this time I was refused entry due to inadmissibility – why is this?
Once you address these questions to the Canadian immigration professional, they should be able to answer these questions for you. So long as you provide them with sufficient information and documentation about your past experiences and criminal offences, they will be able to determine the best solution for you and which application best suites your circumstance.
What are my Chances for Successful Entry
In order for you to have successful entry into Canada, you must ensure that you have a well-prepared and fully compliant collection of forms, documents and an exceptional submission that includes why you should be granted entry into Canada and be forgiven of prior offences. The forms and documentation requested of you depends on which application you are applying for, either a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation. By submitting all of the appropriate documentation and information to the immigration officer, they will ultimately have the discretion on whether you are allowed to enter. They will review all information and consider a number of different factors; the factors can range from the reason you want to enter Canada to the particulars of the criminal offence(s). They will specifically want to see your explanation for each of the offence(s) made and your behaviour since you committed the offence(s). This will show whether you will be a threat or risk to Canadian society. When submitting the documentation to the officer, you will also provide him/her with reasoning for why you are unlikely to reoffend and how you have changed your lifestyle for the better. If you decide to go with an immigration professional, such as Akrami & Associates, we can give you an idea of whether you have a strong case or not. However, as aforementioned, the decision is entirely up to the immigration officer and is entirely out of the hands of the applicant and the immigration professionals.
Important Information to Know
Recently, many Canadians are concerned with their chances of entry into the United States because of the changes in Immigration that have been implemented. However, surprisingly enough, the opposite is occurring and Americans are having more difficulty coming into Canada. Approximately over 30 thousand Americans have been refused entry into Canada in 2016 which is a 31% increase in one year. The results are even more outstanding when compared to 2014 when just over 7 thousand Americans were refused entry. The number of Americans that are refused entry are skyrocketing and Americans should be aware and proactive of this new information. Being well-prepared and organized with the appropriate documentation and information when attempting to enter Canada will increase your chances of entry. Nevertheless, it is not only Americans who are being refused entry into Canada. The largest number of people who are refused entry into Canada come from the United States, Mexico, China, India, Colombia, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, and France. Therefore, if you are not an American and would like to come to Canada, it is also important for you to consider the previously mentioned factors before entering.
Contact Akrami & Associates
It is essential that you have taken all of the aforementioned factors and information into consideration before you attempt to enter Canada. If you are inadmissible to Canada and would like to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation, it is important to note that these are difficult applications to pursue on your own. It is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to submit the application. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients gain entry into Canada as visitors. If you believe that you may be eligible for a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advise. With Akrami & Associates, there is always a way!