For foreign nationals hoping to enter Canada, a criminal record has the potential to create a significant barrier. Since tightening its criminal admissibility laws in 2013, some would-be immigrants have found it next to impossible to enter the country.
Whether you’re considering making the move to Canada or hope to help loved ones join you, it’s important to know what you may be up against.
If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be denied entry into Canada. Regardless of how serious or benign the offence may seem, inadmissibility has the potential to derail even the best-laid immigration plans. Some of the common crimes that prevent foreign nationals from gaining admission to Canada include:
The more recent the conviction, the less likely it is that you will be able to have an inadmissibility decision reversed.
Despite the complexities associated with challenging a refusal to enter the country, there are options available depending on your individual circumstances. In some cases, you may be able to apply for deemed rehabilitation which means that enough time has elapsed between your conviction and your potential admission into the country.
Generally, immigration lawyers recommend beginning the qualification process for deemed rehabilitation well in advance of your intended entrance into Canada. Even though you may fulfill the requirements to be considered for deemed rehabilitation, there is no guarantee that it will be granted.
Immigrating to Canada can be a time-consuming and costly process. If you are concerned about having a criminal record, ensuring that you exercise your due diligence can save you from significant stress and disappointment.