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Going to Canada With a Criminal Record? Not so Fast

May 18, 2017

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  • Ah, Canada. Our northern neighboring country is filled with many amazing things: pristine mountains, amazing wildlife and picturesque cities. Planning to make a visit? If you have a criminal record, you may want to rethink it.

    Canadian law states that individuals with a criminal record may enter the country ten years after their sentence is complete, as long as it is the only mark on their record. Furthermore, the offense must be deemed as “non-serious,” or punishable by less than ten years in prison under Canadian law. Those with more serious criminal convictions like violent crimes or a sexual assaults must go through a formal application to clear the marks. For those with non-violent offenses, they would need to file Criminal Rehabilitation application to resolve their mark.

    Those with DUI’s trying to enter Canada are barred from the country. While there are temporary and permanent waivers available to U.S. citizens and other countries, these files can take years to go into effect. It is unlikely Canada will be changing these rules anytime soon. (Source: VICE)

    If you have a criminal record that you would like to expunge, we encourage you to take our confidential, online eligibility test to see if you qualify for an expungement or similar criminal record removal service. We are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to remove charges from your criminal record. Even if you do not qualify for an expungement, our firm would be happy to discuss what other options you have in cleaning up your criminal record.

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