Sorting Out the Impact of Criminal Charges on Canadian Immigration
If your application for a visa or permit has been denied on grounds of criminal inadmissibility, you have been turned away at the border, or you are concerned about the impact of a pending charge on your immigration status, you should talk to an experienced lawyer.
At Embarkation Law Group, our Vancouver criminal inadmissibility lawyers advise and represent clients worldwide in matters involving findings of criminal admissibility. These issues can affect both permanent residents and foreign nationals, as follows:
- Permanent residents: If you are a permanent resident of Canada and have been convicted of an offence, in Canada or elsewhere, that would be punishable by imprisonment for 10 years or more in Canada, you could lose your status. In some cases, a permanent resident may have an appeal on humanitarian and compassionate grounds if the appeal is filed on time.
- Foreign nationals: If you do not have any permanent resident status in Canada, you could be found inadmissible if you have been convicted of any offence that is considered indictable in Canada. This could be something considered minor in another country, such as a drunk driving conviction.
If you have been found inadmissible on grounds of criminality, you have several options. Five years after you have completed any criminal sentence you have been given, you may be eligible for criminal rehabilitation. In the meantime, you may be eligible for a temporary resident permit.
Both of these options are completely discretionary on the part of the government. Our lawyers can help you make your case for why you deserve rehabilitation and/or a permit.
Contact Our Experienced Canada Immigration Lawyers at 877-804-3230
We are available to consult with prospective clients in person at our downtown Vancouver office or by telephone. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, please phone us — toll free in Canada and from the U.S. — at 877-804-3230 or send us an e-mail.