If you have committed a serious crime, you will probably be denied entry into Canada on the ground of criminal inadmissibility. Serious crimes may include theft, dangerous driving, or assault. Now you may wonder what options are available to you.
There are four ways you may overcome your criminal inadmissibility,
1. Convince a immigration officer that you should be deemed rehabilitated
2. Apply for rehabilitation and receive an approval
3. Be granted a record suspension
4. Obtain a Temporary Resident Permit
In terms of convincing an immigration officer that you should be deemed rehabilitated, you need to understand a little bit about rehabilitation. Very briefly, being deemed rehabilitated means that a certain amount of time has passed by where you have not committed any crimes and have displayed good character.
Depending upon the type of crime you committed, how much time has passed by, and how many convictions you have on your records, you may or may not be successful in convincing an immigration officer that you should be deemed rehabilitated.
If you do not prefer to make your case informally, you can instead, apply for rehabilitation, wait for an approval, and then make an application to come to Canada for whatever purposes. Applications can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
If your conviction was in Canada, you can apply for a record suspension with the Parole Board of Canada. If you were granted a record suspension in another country, you must check to see if the record suspension is valid in Canada.
If neither of the options above applies to your situation, you may also make an application for a Temporary Resident Permit.
For more information, contact Akrami & Associates. Our experienced legal team will assist you with any concerns you may have and be with you every step of the way. With Akrami & Associates, there is always a way.