Entering Canada with a Felony Conviction
Three Types of Criminality that is Ground to Inadmissibility to Canada
Serious CriminalitySerious Criminality refers to the offence that is punishable by a maximum of 10 years or more imprisonment. If the offence was convicted outside of Canada then it would be reviewed to determine the equal counterpart of that offence in Canada and the charge for it.
CriminalityCriminality refers to grounds of inadmissibility for foreign national only and not to permanent residents living Canada already. This is a lesser threshold of criminality which involves convictions that are summary, indictable or hybrid offences.
Organized CriminalityOrganized Criminality refers to a permanent resident or a foreign national’s involvement with an organized crime group which leads to inadmissibility. In case where a person holds a felony conviction on his or her record and needs to enter Canada, the best option is the Temporary Resident Permit. TRP are awarded by the minister to foreign nationals who may be barred from entering Canada as a temporary resident either because of inadmissibility or because of a failure to meet the requirements of the IRPA. TRP makes it possible to enter Canada in those situations. However, for felony conviction, it has to have been five years since the sentence to apply for a TRP.
Other Reason for Allowing an Inadmissible Person into Canada Include:
PardonA pardon may be granted under the Criminal Code, a person who is pardoned from the offence at issues is exempt from inadmissibility. A foreign pardon must be equivalent to a pardon in Canada. This applies regardless of whether the offence occurred in or outside Canada.
AcquittalAn acquittal or finding of not guilty also exempts a person from inadmissibility. This applies regardless of whether the offence occurred in or outside Canada
Deemed RehabilitatedA person whose conviction occurred outside Canada may be deemed rehabilitated thus removing the ground of inadmissibility if it has at least been 10 years since the completion of sentence for the crime, or the conviction is not considered serious in Canada or the conviction did not involve serious property or physical damage and did not involve a weapon, and the offence in Canada would have been punishable in Canada by a maximum term of 10 years in jail.
Individual RehabilitationIndividual Rehabilitation is not Deemed Rehabilitation; in this case the person must apply for rehabilitation. The person to be eligible under this must show it’s been 5 years since the sentence, in which the conviction equates to a hybrid or indictable offence in Canada.
Contact Akrami & AssociatesFor further information on this subject, feel free to contact us at 416-477-2545 or dial our toll free number 1-877-820-7121
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