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Millions of people come to Canada on a yearly basis, each with different goals in mind. Some visit, some work and some intend to remain permanently. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to ultimately achieve these goals and are officially asked to leave Canada. Further, not everyone complies with this request. If you have ever been the officially asked to leave Canada or have been the subject of a Removal Order, you will need special authorization to return to Canada. There are three basic Types of Removal Orders:
A departure order is usually issued to those who have temporary status in Canada and their authorized period of stay has come to an end. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue this Order in an attempt to have you voluntarily depart from Canada.
This means that you are freely leaving Canada of your own volition in compliance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s request.
If you decide to comply and notify Border Officials of your departure, you may not need additional authorization to re-enter Canada at a later date.
An exclusion order is slightly more severe than a deportation orders. It is usually issued for those who have not complied with Citizenship and Immigration Canada Regulation, have committed a crime in Canada or have misrepresented information on an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
An exclusion order means that you cannot return to Canada for at least one year from the date your exclusion order was issued. If you need to enter Canada during this time frame, you will need special authorization to do so.
If you received an exclusion order because of misrepresentation, the exclusion order is in effect for two years instead of one.
If you have been issued a Deportation order, you are permanently barred from returning to Canada. This is a very serious situation indeed. Deportation orders are issued to those with a long standing past of noncompliance with Citizenship
To avoid any complications with your status in Canada, here are a few tips to help you:
If your intention is not to maintain your status, there are other things you need to do to avoid a removal order:
If you have received an exclusion order or deportation order, an application for an Authorization to Return to Canada may be in order. Depending on the nature of your removal order, you will need this special authorization before you can return to Canada.
In the case of an exclusion order, you will not be able to enter Canada for at least one year. If you wish to enter Canada prior to the end of this year period, you will need to obtain an Authorization to Return to Canada to facilitate this travel. Otherwise, you must wait for the year wait period to be over. If you received an exclusion order based on misrepresentation, the wait period is increased to two years.
If you have received a deportation order, you are never able to renter Canada without first obtaining the Authorization to Return. Note that a departure order, which has no serious consequences besides you being asked to exit Canada voluntarily, becomes a deportation order if not obeyed. This can have serious consequences on any further immigration goals to Canada.
If you have been issued an exclusion or deportation order, you will definitely need an Authorization to Return to Canada. Without this, regardless of your intended purpose in Canada, you will not be allowed to return. In addition to the authorization to return to Canada, depending on your purpose, you will also need the appropriate status document. For example, if you wish to work in Canada, you will also need a work permit in addition to the authorization to return.
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