Entering canada with a misdemeanor

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KLM Immigration Law
February 20, 2023
Entering canada with a misdemeanor

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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 misdemeanors!

Luckily, if you have a criminal inadmissibility issue to enter Canada, there are several ways to overcome past criminal offenses and cross the border without risk and legally.

Please note that the best course of action may vary depending on your criminal history, the severity of those offenses and the date of completion of the criminal sentence imposed. We strongly recommend working with an experienced Canadian immigration lawyer to obtain the most accurate legal advice and to increase your case’s likelihood to succeed.

Entering Canada with a misdemeanor can be tricky and can be a challenge. Common misdemeanor convictions include:

  1. Vandalism;
  2. Trespassing;
  3. Disorderly conduct;
  4. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or drugs;
  5. Dangerous Driving and Reckless driving;

Consult a list of felony offenses that make you inadmissible to enter Canada. Even if you don’t have a felony on your record, these indictable offenses could prevent you from crossing into Canada.

Can I Go to Canada with a Misdemeanor

Unfortunately, if you have a misdemeanor on your record, you may not be able to cross the Canadian border control. To enter Canada with a misdemeanor, you might need to obtain criminal rehabilitation (CR) or a temporary resident permit (TRP application) to be able to cross legally.

As you can imagine, going through these steps requires a lot of preparation and a good understanding of immigration law. We suggest working with an immigration attorney to increase your chances of success. Contact our team of attorneys today to discuss your criminal record and how we may assist you in overcoming any criminal convictions which prevent you from entering Canada.

Can I Move to Canada with a Misdemeanor?

You may not be able to move to Canada if you have a misdemeanor charge on your record, depending on the severity of the offense committed. Consult a Canadian immigration attorney to review your case and to ensure that your application for permanent residency will not be rejected.

The Canadian government will be able to access your arrest records and will have a full view of your past offenses and criminal background. Entering Canada with a misdemeanor is already very difficult; thus, moving requires further processes. Work with an immigration professional to see how you may overcome this criminal inadmissibility.

KLM Immigration is Here to Help

Our Canadian immigration law firm is located in Montreal and Los Angeles and practices immigration law exclusively. All our Canadian immigration lawyers are licensed to practice both in Canada and the United States, and therefore know the ins and outs of each country’s immigration policies.

Entering Canada with a misdemeanor charge? Our experienced admissibility lawyers can help you. Call us today at 1(888) 302-0093 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case, and our lawyers will help you prepare the required legal travel documents to ensure your Canadian entry. We offer competitive flat-rate fees and guarantee a personalized approach.

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