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Under normal circumstances, you are not allowed to enter or stay in Canada if you are deemed ‘Criminally Inadmissible’. However, there are some alternatives that may be available to you to allow you to enter Canada and overcome your prior criminal conviction.
What is ‘Criminally Inadmissible’?
Under Canada’s immigration legislation, if you have ever committed a criminal offence and been convicted, you may be declared ‘criminally inadmissible’ and be refused entry.
This includes both serious and minor offences such as, but not limited to:
What are my options?
If you have committed any of these offences or others, it is important that you speak to an immigration lawyer or the Canadian Consulate before you book your trip. If you are deemed ‘inadmissible’ you may become admissible again if you:
Under normal circumstances if you have ever been convicted of a criminal offence you are ineligible to enter Canada unless issued a permit. A permit has a processing fee of $200 Canadian Dollars.
However, since 2012, a temporary resident permit offers an alternative as long as you:
Being deemed rehabilitated depends on the following criteria:
You can be assessed for rehabilitation or admissibility by a Canadian visa office. More information on assessment, immigration, criteria and conditions of entry can be found on the Canadian Government website www.cic.gc.ca. If you require more information about your criminal conviction, would like to appeal a recent conviction or would like a recommendation for a competent immigration lawyer, please contact Armstrong Legal on 02 9261 4555 for an obligation free consultation.
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