Asked to Leave Canada? | Authorization to Return to Canada

Canada is a land of opportunity for many people seeking a better life. Whatever your reasons are for immigrating to Canada, you must be sure that you comply with all the regulations of the Canadian immigration system. Depending on what you are applying for, rules will apply.

For example, if you are applying for a temporary status document like a Visitor Visa, officially known as a Temporary Resident Visa, you will need to demonstrate factors like:

  • Your ability to leave Canada once your authorized period of stay is over;
  • Funds available;
  • Your Intentions in Canada, etc.

If you are applying for a permanent matter, like Sponsorship or the Federal Skilled Worker program, you will need to demonstrate:

  • You have an eligible sponsor, when it comes to Sponsorship and you are in a genuine relationship;
  • You have the skills required for your intended occupation in Canada;
  • You meet language requirements, etc.

Complying with these regulations is key if you wish to be successful. However, many people attempt to undercut the immigration system, which can lead to removal orders.

Removal Orders

A Removal Order is an official request to leave Canada. These requests can came for a number of reasons and you are required to comply. If you do not, you can face serious repercussions.

If you have been in Canada on temporary status like a Temporary Resident Visa or Work Permit that is close to expire, it is not uncommon for you to receive correspondence from Citizenship and Immigration Canada noting this fact and asking you to either update your status or exit Canada. This is a Voluntary Departure, where you have been given the option to exit Canada of your own free will.

If you comply with this departure and notify the border of your exit of Canada, you will not face any issues when attempting future applications. However, if you do no, your Departure Order will automatically become a Deportation Order.

A Deportation order means that you are barred from re-entering Canada unless you receive special approval to do so. This approval is called an Authorization to Return to Canada. In this situation, once removed from Canada, you will never again be able to re-enter without one regardless of your intended purpose.

Lastly, an exclusion order can also be issued to you if you have made too many attempts to enter Canada or not complied with some other regulation. An exclusion order means that you are barred from entering Canada for at least one year. If you wish to enter Canada prior to this, you will need to apply for an Authorization to Return to Canada.


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