10 Tips for Americans on the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) Required for Entry to Canada with a Criminal Record

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires Americans with a criminal record to obtain a Temporary Resident Permit in order to cross the border into Canada. These facts will help navigate the TRP process.

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Online applications are not accepted.

A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) is a document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It allows an individual who would otherwise be inadmissible to legally cross the border into Canada. A TRP is granted for a fixed period of time ranging from one day to three years.

A criminal conviction does not automatically bar entry into Canada, but it can make it difficult. Canada requires that all persons who are convicted apply for a Temporary Resident permit if fewer than five (5) years have passed since the termination of the imposed sentence. Consider these expert tips from the Record Suspension and Waiver Specialists at Pardon Services Canada when considering a TRP:

1.    Know the details of the conviction. It’s important to be clear on what the charge or conviction was for.
2.    Be aware that even if a person was not convicted, there is still a strong possibility that the arrest or charge will still appear when a search is conducted.
3.    Do not assume a “minor” conviction will not be an issue when trying to cross the border. Canada weighs a conviction in the United States against their own legal system statutes. A misdemeanor in the U.S. may be considered a more serious offence in Canada. For example, a DUI/DWI in the United States can bar a person from entering Canada.
4.    In order to file for a Temporary Resident Permit, Canada has an application fee of $200 CND. This application fee is non-refundable regardless of whether a TRP is granted or not.
5.    Fill out the application completely including all personal information, employment, education and conviction(s) details.
6.    Show that the need to enter or remain in the country offsets any health or safety risks to Canada.
7.    Be absolutely honest. If a lie is discovered on an application when conflicting information arises, it can result in never being allowed entry.
8.    Submit a copy of the travel itinerary and/or plane ticket and any other travel documentation as part of the application.
9.    Plan the trip to Canada in advance since processing times can range from 30-45 days depending on where the application is submitted.
10.    Online applications are not accepted.

Fortunately, help is available for preparing a TRP application by contacting Pardon Services Canada. They can provide assistance with navigating the paperwork and the entire application process. Call toll free 1-866-972-7366 to speak with a Client Advisor.

About Pardon Services Canada

An industry leader in helping individuals overcome the obstacles of a criminal record. Since 1989, Pardon Services Canada has successfully assisted over 100,000 Canadians exercise their lawful rights under the Criminal Records Act of Canada, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States. Services include US Entry Waivers, Record Suspensions (formerly called pardons), and fingerprinting. Now also assisting Americans enter Canada with Temporary Resident Permits and Criminal Rehabilitation Status. To get started, call toll free 1-866-972-7366 or visit our website: https://pardonservicescanada.com

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