Denied Entry to Canada?

What to do if you are denied entry to Canada

Even if you have all of your travel perfectly planned, a valid passport, have been to Canada before and have paid in full for your trip and accommodations, you can still be denied entry to Canada.                    

There are many reasons someone can be denied entry to Canada – you may have been allowed into Canada previously, but an immigration official may decide that this time around there is a valid reason to prevent you from entering the country. Sometimes, it can be something as small as a minor criminal offense you were convicted of decades ago.

If you have already been denied entry to Canada

If you have already been denied entry to Canada, you can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. This is the best option for travelers who have to enter Canada immediately or are at risk of having their plans ruined because they could not cross the border, because a Temporary Resident Permit can be approved and granted at the border.

If you are worried about being denied entry to Canada

If you have not yet tried to cross the border into Canada but are worried about being denied entry into Canada, you can still apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. You can also apply to have your criminal offense officially pardoned.

For more information on applying for Temporary Resident Permits and what to do if you’ve been denied entry to Canada, visit our information page here.

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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