How to enter Canada if you are inadmissible due to a felony or criminal record
Their are a number of things an inadmissible felon can do that will allow them to enter Canada. These include the following options;
- Be approved for a Canadian Temporary Resident permit (TRP)
- Prove that you are “Deemed Rehabilitated” to a Canadian immigration officer.
- Applied and have been approved for a “individual rehabilitation.”
- Be granted a record suspension.
Option #1 (Temporary Resident Permit – TRP)
If you have been found guilty of any crime you can apply for a TRP (Canadian Temporary Resident Permit). The fee for a TRP is $200.00.
The catch to getting a TRP is that you MUST be able to prove the following;
If you’re otherwise inadmissible but have a reason to travel to Canada that is justified in the circumstances, you may be issued a temporary resident permit (TRP).
To be eligible for a temporary resident permit, your need to enter or stay in Canada must outweigh the health or safety risks to Canadian society, as determined by an immigration or a border services officer. Even if the reason you’re inadmissible seems minor, you must demonstrate that your visit is justified.
There is no guarantee that you’ll be issued a temporary resident permit.
Source: Government of Canada – Immigration
How do you justify that you need to enter Canada in order to get a TRP/Temporary Resident Permit? In all honest, our organization, Help For Felons, is unclear about what qualifies. It seems as if it only highly benefits Canada will they even consider this option. Our recommendation is to speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer.
Option #2 (Prove that you are Deemed Rehabilitated)
Basically what this means is that you can try and prove to Canadian immigration officials that you are rehabilitated and pose no threat to the Canadian government or it’s citizens. If you are a US citizen you can ask to be assessed at any port of entry (entrance to Canada)
You will have to fill out an application that will ask the following thing:
- Number of crimes convicted of
- Circumstances of crime(s)
- Have you been clean since conviction
- Why you will not commit a crime again
- Do you have a support system in place
- Why you consider yourself rehabilitated
- What you do for a living currently
To apply and be deemed rehabilitated you must meet the following criteria:
- Have not been convicted of more than one crime
- Ten years have passed since you COMPLETED your sentence.
- Your crime is not considered a serious crime in Canada and involved NO property damage, violence or a weapon.
If you are deemed rehabilitated you will be allowed to enter Canada. If you are not you will be turned away. Before attempting this we suggest that you read everything on this page first.
Option #3 (Individual rehabilitation)
To be considered for this option you must meet the following criteria:
- Five years must have passed since you completed your sentence
- Have been rehabilitated
- Your risk of committing another crime is low
You also must meet all of the criteria for individual rehabilitation listed here.
Option #4 (Record Suspention)
If you have your record expunged then you may be able to enter Canada with no issues. You can check with your local visa office to see if your Expungement/Suspension is valid in Canada.