Are You Allowed Into Canada With a Criminal Record From Austin in 2012?

Canada is very strict when it comes to who they allow into the country. If someone has a criminal record, they can be determined to be criminally inadmissible to Canada by border officials. This can and does happen if you are a United States Citizen, your record is from a conviction that occurred decades ago or your conviction was for something small. Criminal Record

While United States citizens who do not have criminal records could typically just enter Canada at the Canada-US border or port of entry with only their valid passport, this is not the case for those with criminal records. Canada may run a background check on you before you cross the border, and information sharing between the United States and Canada means that any criminal information that the United States has on you, Canada will be able to see.

How can I visit Canada if I have a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record, you will need to apply for a temporary resident permit, also called a Canadian temporary resident visa or a visitor’s visa. This will allow you to come to Canada despite being criminally inadmissible otherwise. However, you are still applying to come to Canada with a criminal record and will need to prove to Canadian immigration authorities that you do not pose a threat to Canada and will leave at the end of your stay.

Do you have a criminal record, or are you inadmissible to Canada for other reasons? Do you worry that you will be denied entry to Canada if you try and visit? We can help! We have handled thousands of denial of entry cases. Contact us using the form on the right, or call us with the phone number above.

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