If you are an American citizen seeking entry into Canada, but can’t gain access due to a previous criminal conviction, please consider hiring us to take care of your entire government application process.
All foreign citizens - including Americans - with certain criminal records cannot legally cross the Canadian border and need to have their records cleared before they can enter Canada.
In Canada, this process is referred to as "Criminal Rehabilitation", and, for Canadian immigration purposes, a successful application will essentially clear a criminal record.
For the average person, gathering the required documents and properly completing the paperwork for the Criminal Rehabilitation applications can be time consuming and very confusing.
As Criminal Rehabilitation experts, we can help you submit the most accurate and complete application possible so that you'll stand the best chance of being approved.
As stated above, “Criminal Rehabilitation” is an application for individuals considered inadmissible to enter Canada legally for one reason or another, often due to a criminal record or previous criminal history.
The application requires you to compile a number of documents to prove you are not a threat to allow into the country.
To avoid being turned away at a port of entry or an international airport, it is advised that you submit a formal application with the appropriate government body.
In certain circumstances, you may attend the border in person with supporting documents in hand, however, there is no guarantee you will be approved on the spot which means you may have simply wasted your time.
As with any application of importance, we strongly recommend seeking professional guidance to assist you.
Reach out to one of our team with any of your unanswered questions.
That being said, we tend to find that the majority of people who try do it themselves eventually contact us for help.
If you’re not used to dealing with this sort of thing, the process can be tedious and confusing, to say the least.
Obtaining all of the required documentation, analyzing your application against the government’s criteria and subjective decision-making prevent people from moving forward and they tend to procrastinate instead, unfortunately.
Even once someone gets the ball rolling, reminders, follow-ups, encouragement and support are helpful when dealing with the hard stuff in life.
If you have a foreign criminal record of conviction you will be required to complete this application to request permission to enter Canada.
Canadian and American governments share criminal record databases, so it is ill advised to attempt to enter Canada if you have a criminal conviction on file in your home country.
If your criminal record does not consist of a conviction, it is recommended you seek further advice or direction on how to legally enter Canada without potential upset of finding out you will be denied entry after making concrete travel plans.
Contact us to review your case and answer any questions you may have.
Any criminal record or conviction outside of Canada is grounds for being denied entry.
If you have been charged by police for a criminal offence outside of Canada, this will be available to border officials and being refused entry and possibly being held for interviews is very likely.
To avoid travel arrangements being hampered, we encourage you to do your due diligence before booking flights or hotel accommodation.
Offences rendering you inadmissible include, but are not limited to:
We are happy to discuss your particular situation further, so feel free to reach out with questions.
It is illegal to enter Canada with a criminal record of conviction, however, there are solutions to resolve your inadmissibility.
Depending on how long ago your offence took place and your need to enter, different immigration applications will serve you.
Pardon Partners offers services for individuals with offences more than 5 years ago or older, and will provide alternative resources for individuals with more recent offences.
We would strongly advise against trying this.
DUI (an american term or abbreviation) is the equivalent to Drive While Ability Impaired (DWI), Drive with over 80 mgs alcohol in blood, Care & Control of Vehicle all of which are considered illegal offences under the Canadian Criminal Code.
If you have an offence of this nature on record outside of Canada, you must follow laws governing the borders if you have intentions of entering Canada.
The Criminal Rehabilitation application takes place in two phases: The first requires document collection and analysis and the second is government decision making.
Collecting and analyzing the required documentation can take anywhere from 4-10 months, followed by government decision-making which can take upwards to 12 months, but sometimes happens sooner.
Correspondence is most often sent out to confirm the process is underway and an estimated timeline to expect a decision.
Make sure to start well in advance of any intended travel to ensure you are permitted to enter and do not experience delays or worse, refusal of entry to Canada.
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Once you agree to work with us, we’ll get all of your information and get started on your application.