Are you planning to travel to Canada for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics but have a criminal record? Be Prepared.

Planning to travel to Canada with a criminal record?

Those planning to travel to Canada for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games have to meet the same requirements everyone else does to enter the country, and travelers from certain countries do indeed require a visa. Past criminal convictions or offenses can sometimes result in your being inadmissible to Canada.

If you are inadmissible to Canada due to a past criminal offense, your next course of action may be to acquire a Temporary Residence Permit to enter Canada. A Temporary Residence Permit will allow you to enter Canada as a visitor despite being inadmissible to Canada because of a prior criminal offense, and can be valid for periods of months or years, multiple visits or a one-time entry into the country. Temporary Residence status in Canada can include those who want to visit, work or study in Canada.

Do you have to travel to Canada via the United States?

If you are planning to travel to Vancouver via the United States, you may also need a United States visa that can be applied for in your home country well before your trip to avoid any delays or surprises.

Usually a TRP application is processed by a Canadian Embassy or Consulate, however, this process can take months. You can also apply at the border (if you are from visa-exempt countries), but there is always the risk of being turned away or very rarely, detained as visitors to Canada must always convince or satisfy the visa officer at the Canadian border or port of entry that the visit is a temporary one.

If you have been denied entry to Canada, please call Niren and Associates Immigration Lawyers at 1-866-929-0991 for a consultation regarding your problem and to discuss steps that can be taken to resolve your situation and travel to Canada if possible.

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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