Refused at the Canadian border? What are your options for Admission to Canada?

Refused at the Canadian border?

Being refused at the Canadian border or being denied entry to Canada can be extremely time consuming, frustrating and costly. Imagine paying upfront for a nice vacation only to find that you cannot enter Canada or stop at any Canadian airport – or, you have an important event such as a wedding or funeral to go to. Many people think they have nothing to worry about may be wrong – even the tiniest criminal conviction from decades ago can result in your being refused at the Canadian border. Most often, it is simply a customs officer (or member of the Canada Border Services Agency, or also known as a border official) who decides you are inadmissible to Canada – for varying reasons, including not having sufficient ties to your home country or visiting Canada too much… or you could be inadmissible for the aforementioned criminal convictions or health issues.

Temporary Resident Permit as an Option for Admission to Canada

Luckily, people who have been refused at the Canadian border do have options. Specifically, people denied entry to Canada because of criminal convictions can apply for a temporary residency permit (or TRP), which will allow them to visit Canada.

We have written extensively about TRPs. TRPs can be issued for people with DUI’s, assault charges, or other even more serious offences. TRPs are usually issued at a Canadian Consulate but in some cases can be issued at a Canada border. TRPs require a lot of documentation including  information about your criminal convictions, background information etc.

Otherwise, people who are concerned about being refused at the Canadian border or who have been denied entry to Canada previously should speak with an immigration lawyer to learn more about what can be done in their situation.

Have you been Refused Entry to Canada? Need Admission to Canada?

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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