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February 20 2023
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Entering canada with a misdemeanor

Want to visit Canada for a vacation or visit your family? Perhaps you have a more permanent motive and want to move to Canada. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or planning on moving, ensure you have the necessary documents and a clean criminal record in front of the Canadian border agents. This includes […]

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July 26 2021

Canada's Plan to Reopen its Borders: What You Need to Know Before You Travel

As vaccination rates increase, both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Joe Biden are under intense pressure to provide a reopening plan. The pushback has come from all over, including lawmakers, business leaders and families who have been separated from their loved ones. While many people are waiting for the borders to be fully open, this […]

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March 26 2021

Why was I allowed entry to Canada with a criminal record before and denied this time?

Every year, millions of Americans travel to Canada to visit places such as Niagara Falls, Old Quebec City and the CN Tower. What many people don’t realize is that Canada border control denies access to tens of thousands of Americans every year as well. While there are a number of reasons why this happens, the most […]

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February 22 2021

Can I travel to Canada to visit my family during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions?

If you are planning to travel to Canada to visit immediate or extended family, your plans may be interrupted due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions. With so much mixed information, it can be difficult to understand the rules and regulations for traveling to Canada. Below is more information regarding traveling to Canada during COVID-19 and […]

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December 16 2020

Who are considered "essential" travelers to Canada during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions?

Travel restrictions remain in place for Canada. These restrictions are designed to protect Canadians from the spread of coronavirus. Of course, closing off the borders isn’t practical in every circumstance. This is why Canada has deemed certain trips “essential” and others “non-essential.”  For instance, foreigners who are exempt from Canada’s coronavirus travel restrictions include temporary […]

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December 6 2020

How Do Canadian Border Agents Know that I Have a Criminal Record?

If you are a U.S. citizen/resident traveling to Canada, and you have a criminal conviction on your record, you’ll want to review all of the border regulations before you travel. The United States and Canada share criminal information sources, including the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. They also have access to most county […]

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August 20 2020

Can a DUI Court Supervision in Illinois Stop Me from Traveling to Canada?

If you have ever been arrested for a DUI in the state of Illinois, getting into Canada can be difficult. The Canadian government can deny entry to anyone who has a criminal record or even an arrest record. Because a DUI charge may be deemed a felony in Canada, border patrol officers can stop you […]

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April 2 2020

Traveling to Canada during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

What are the current travel restrictions to Canada? On March 20th, 2020, the Canadian and the United States (“US”) governments agreed to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-US border. Currently (as of April 2nd, 2020), a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident cannot enter Canada for leisure or […]

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March 27 2020

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) at the Canadian Border

A lot goes into planning any successful trip, whether you’re planning to visit Canada for business, pleasure or family reasons, as you already know, it helps to plan ahead so that you can enjoy your time once you arrive. However, there are some things that need to be taken into account prior to your arrival […]

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January 9 2020

Can you go to Canada with a Wet Reckless conviction?

Although in some states, such as California, a Wet Reckless offense is a less serious charge than a DUI for example, under Canadian criminal law, an arrest or conviction for a Wet Reckless can still prevent you from entering Canada. What is a Wet Reckless? The term “Wet Reckless” is used to describe a situation […]

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