A foreign national seeking to visit Canada but has a criminal record, can also be permitted to enter Canada after meeting some conditions. There is a possibility of a legal travel to Canada for foreign nationals who are criminally inadmissible to Canada, to be approved to enter Canada, if their offense is evaluated and understood when equivalence of the offense is made as per Canada’s Criminal Code. Only after the comparable way is done, there is a process of identifying the Criminal Inadmissibility.

The most common reasons for foreign nationals to be inadmissible to Canada are:

  • Possessing a criminal record
  • Being diagnosed with a transmissible disease
  • Being deemed a security risk
  • Misrepresenting information in order to gain entry to Canada, or to maintain immigration status
  • Violating the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)
  • Being unable to demonstrate that you can financially support yourself and your family during your time in Canada

Some of the main offences most travelers may be denied entry for, are listed below. If a person has been convicted of any offences on the mentioned list, Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) and criminal rehabilitation applications may help to overcome the inadmissibility:

  • Driving Offences Involving Alcohol or Drugs:
    • DUI (driving under the influence)
    • DWI (driving while impaired/intoxicated)
    • DWAI (driving while ability impaired)
    • DWUI (driving while under the influence)
    • OWI (operating while intoxicated)
    • UI (operating under the influence)
    • OMVI (operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Theft & Fraud
  • Assault
  • Drug Offence

Many people may get affected by being inadmissible to Canada as a visitor or permanently if the reason is valid. It can especially affect the people in certain situations such as airlines and their staff, performing artists or athletes, transiting Canada or travelling to and from Alaska, those who are engaged in cross border trade, people who committed a crime or have been charged with one in Canada.

To overcome Criminal inadmissibility, so the individual may enter Canada on temporary or permanent basis they may apply for the following:

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
Criminal Rehabilitation Application
– Apply for a Legal Opinion Letter

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