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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 Act.

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 crime.

  • 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 dismissed.

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
REHABILITATION

The only way a convicted individual can enter Canada is through a process called rehabilitation. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

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