Travelling to Canada with a criminal record for hunting season
A criminal history may not be the end of your plans to go hunting in Canada. Although travellers who try to cross the border with a criminal record face a risk of being denied entry to Canada, there are a few options available to overcome inadmissibility.
An experienced inadmissibility expert can help you prepare the documents you need to cross the border with a criminal record.
Here are three options to overcome criminal inadmissibility to Canada.
A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) can help you gain temporary access to Canada. A TRP application should only be submitted for significant travel and can be granted from the duration of a stay up to three years, depending on the reasons for entry. Travel such as hunting or fishing may not be viewed by immigration officers as the most important reason for entering Canada, which can hurt the chances of success for a TRP application, especially if it is not well-prepared. For this reason, ensuring that your application conforms as much as possible to what immigration authorities are looking for in a successful TRP application is key to maximizing your chances of approval.
A criminal rehabilitation application approved by the Canadian government is a permanent solution that allows indefinite travel to Canada. If you have been denied entry to Canada, a Canadian immigration officer may suggest criminal rehabilitation as a method to eliminate future denials. Once you are approved, you no longer require a TRP for entry to the country.
A legal opinion letter can also be of assistance to you. An experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can draft a letter on your behalf explaining to Canadian authorities the relevant facts of your situation and the case for them allowing you into Canada.
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