American Hunger Games Actor Wes Bentley Denied Entry to Canada

According to Radar Online, Hunger Games actor Wes Bentley was denied entry to Canada because of a drug arrest in 2008. He had been expected to come to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to promote his new film, but the drug-related arrest resulted in his being denied entry to Canada. Canada is generally very strict about who can enter the country, and having a criminal record can be a serious impediment if you want to visit Canada. Hunger Games Wes Bentley

The actor has been upfront about his troubled past, which included a heroin addiction, massive debt and homelessness. He first received recognition in 1999’s American Beauty.

If you are denied entry to Canada

Unfortunately, even if you have worked to change your life around like Mr. Bentley, you can still be denied entry to Canada with a criminal record – even if the offense seems small, or occurred many years ago.

If you are denied entry to Canada because you have a criminal record, you may be able to apply for a temporary resident permit or visitor’s visa to come to Canada despite your criminal inadmissibility. The temporary resident permit can be applied for at the US-Canada border, or at the Canadian consulate. If you apply at the border you could be instantly approved, while processing times at the Canadian consulate are much longer. However, if you are denied a temporary resident permit at the US-Canada border you will have to turn around and go back where you came from – very inconvenient!

Do you have a criminal record and wish to come to Canada?

If you have or fear you will be denied entry to Canada because of a criminal conviction from your past, give us a call. We have handled countless denied entry to Canada cases and can help you too!

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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