Individuals who were convicted of or if they have committed a criminal offence outside of Canada, may be inadmissible to Canada.
It is possible to overcome this criminal inadmissibility and be allowed entrance to Canada:
- By applying for rehabilitation, or
- They may be deemed to have been rehabilitated if at least ten years have passed since they have completed the sentence imposed upon them or since they committed the offence, if the offense is one that would be an indictable offence in Canada punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years; or
- If the offence is one that would, in Canada, be prosecuted summarily, and if they were convicted for two or more summary offenses, the period for rehabilitation is at least five years after the completion of the sentence.
In certain situations, individuals are automatically deemed to be rehabilitated. In other situations, individuals may apply for Criminal Rehabilitation in order to overcome their inadmissibility to Canada and enter the country without a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). TRP’s are a temporary solution to individuals who wish to enter Canada, whereas Criminal Rehabilitation applications are a permanent solution.