I was denied entry to Canada from the US

Did you know that if you try and enter Canada and you have a criminal record, you can be denied entry to Canada? It can come as a big surprise and be a very unpleasant and inconvenient if this happens to you. Even if you’ve gotten into Canada before with a criminal record, you may have just been lucky. And even if your initial criminal offence was seemingly small or years and years ago, a border official can still declare you inadmissible to Canada. If this happens, you will be turned away at the border. Denied Entry

What can I do if I’ve been denied entry to Canada?

Luckily, you have options if you have been denied entry to Canada or fear you will be denied entry to Canada! Your best bet is to apply for a temporary resident permit, which is also called a temporary resident visa, tourist’s visa or visitor’s visa. By obtaining a temporary resident permit, you can likely bypass your reasons for inadmissibility to Canada in order to visit Canada for a temporary stay. However, that does not mean that obtaining a temporary resident permit is easy! You will need to make a very clear and effective case for yourself, disclose details about your criminal conviction/criminal record and prove to Canadian immigration officials that you will be leaving Canada at the end of your stay.

When you apply for a temporary resident permit, you have two options: you can apply at your nearest Canadian consulate or Canadian Embassy, or you can apply at the border. Each of these methods have pros and cons. For example, if you apply at the Canadian border or port of entry, you can be approved instantly. However, if you are denied at the border or port of entry, you will have to turn around and go back where you came from – quite frustrating and even expensive depending on your travel circumstances.

If you apply for a temporary resident permit at the Canadian consulate, you will not have to travel and risk being denied at the border. However, it does take much longer to process your application this way.

Have you been denied entry to the Canada? We can help you! We have handled thousands of denied entry to Canada cases and we can help you too. Contact us using the form on the right.

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.