9/11 brought big changes to our northern
border. These days even a minor criminal conviction can keep you
out of Canada. Our services can help you get back in.
BUSIEST BORDER IN THE WORLD
Canadian border is the busiest in the world.
The two countries are each other's largest trading partner. For years,
crossing the largest undefended border was routine and pleasant.
Once again, 9/11 changed everything.
At least five of the September hijackers crossed into the U.S. from
Canada. In response, both countries promised big changes.
A THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
On November 1, 2001, the Canadian
Parliament replaced its twenty-five year old Refugee Protection
The new law demands tighter border
security and stronger barriers against all who "pose a threat to
public health, safety, order, and national security."
WHO IS INADMISSIBLE
In general, an individual is
inadmissible if they:
Were convicted of an act outside of Canada that Canada considers a
Were convicted of a crime in Canada.
Committed any act or omission that
either country considers a crime
whether or not they were convicted.
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CRIMES THAT QUALIFY
All felonies and most misdemeanors
are included in the list. For the
most part, unless they are serious
felonies that could be tried as an
adult in either country, juvenile convictions are not considered.
As mentioned above, an individual may still
be denied entry even if their case was
This means every individual who
received a deferred sentence,
deferred prosecution, or stipulated
continuance should apply.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Driving under the influence is
considered a very serious offense in
Canada. In addition, reckless driving,
driving with a suspended license
and other major traffic offenses may
bar your admission.
MINISTER'S APPROVAL OF
The only way a convicted individual can enter Canada is
through a process called rehabilitation. Click
here to read more.