Due to various medical, security, or criminal reasons, a person may be considered inadmissible to enter Canada. However, they could be eligible for a TRP (Temporary Resident Permit) for Canada entry. Originally gathered from the main article on the http://www.duicanadaentry.com/ website, the information listed here will focus on obtaining a TRP for someone who’s been convicted of a previous DUI or other offence and needs access into Canada.
What is a TRP and Am I Inadmissible to Enter Canada?
A TRP, or Temporary Resident Permit, enables any person to gain admission into Canada for a specific timeframe and for a specific reason. They must provide credible reasons as to why they need to enter Canada’s borders. Any individual who is considered inadmissible for Canada entry due to criminal reasons, such as a DUI, is also inadmissible to visit, study, or work there as well as from submitting an official application to permanently reside in Canada. But, a TRP can help an inadmissible individual to get into Canada, although it’s only temporary. As such, a foreign student, worker, or visitor can use a TRP to enter Canada, but not for permanent residency.
Until an individual is no longer considered inadmissible due to criminal reasons, either because they’re deemed rehabilitated or approved through the process of applying for criminal rehabilitation, a TRP is legally required.
There are a number of reasons and specific circumstances that could potentially cause someone to be considered criminally inadmissible and therefore need a TRP. For instance, if an individual was convicted of any kind of offence relative to a DUI, and if the following is true:
• Five years or less has gone by since their sentence was completed
• Five years or more have gone by since their sentence was completed and the inadmissible individual has not yet received, or applied for, a “green light” decision in terms of applying for criminal rehabilitation
Note: It is crucial to point out that people, who qualify for criminal rehabilitation and need Canada entry but have not yet applied, should both apply for criminal inadmissibility and a TRP. Although a TRP is considered only a temporary solution with regards to criminal inadmissibility, criminal rehabilitation is deemed permanent.
Three Conditions for Criminal Rehabilitation Eligibility
1. You have admitted to, or been convicted of, committing the offence.
2. You committed the offence outside of Canada’s borders that’s considered an offence according to a Federal Statute.
3. Five years or longer have gone by since you fully completed your sentence(s), including any jail time, probation, or paid fines.
Essentially, the most important aspect to consider is to determine the equivalent offence based on Canadian law. In other words, regardless of how severe or light a crime is considered or how it’s dealt with in the country where it happened, the nature of the offence only matters under the federal criminal code in Canada when trying to enter its borders.
Once the equivalency factor is established, it’s crucial to figure out what the maximum sentence would be comparable to Canadian law. As such, it will identify what kind of criminal rehabilitation is necessary.
The Importance of Applying Early for Admissibility
Canada’s government encourages anyone who knows they’re inadmissible and needs to enter Canada to apply in advance. Anyone can submit a TRP application at any port of entry or visa office in Canada. It’s also necessary to fully understand each option’s pros and cons in order to choose the one that will best accommodate your situation. In general, which venue you ultimately choose will likely influence your potential for success, along with the overall processing time as well.
Although the TRP processing fee is $200 whether it’s at a consular office or a POE, submitting an application can save you a great deal of time at a POE. The processing time can range anywhere from 4-6 months at a consular office, while submitting a TRP application can be processed immediately at a POE.
Once you’ve made the choice to use a POE to submit your TRP application, it’s important to note that all POEs are technically supposed to process each application in the exact same manner. However, it’s come to light that there are some material differences when processing the thousands of applications that people are submitting. For example, by air, the probability of someone’s offence getting detected is much higher since larger international airports typically employ the most experienced staff. As a result, there are usually a higher number of very well-informed advisors concerning the details surrounding immigration policies.
Sea Travel and Admissibility
The probability of your offense getting detected and having your TRP successfully issued when traveling by sea can vary widely. Although agents working at a more isolated port may not always check to make sure that you’re admissible to enter Canada, big ships are legally required to transmit passenger manifestos in advance to various ports. Therefore, a more conscientious agent may discover your inadmissibility even before you arrive in port. Also, people who are simply passing through on a ship in Canadian waters, like on a large cruise ship, are also required to have the proper documentation in order to get a TRP just in case a border agent from Canada should board the ship and start checking.
Both air travel and sea travel are coupled together. In order to get on or off a ship, it’s often easier to issue a TRP than to refuse a person entry, particularly if entry involves simply boarding a ship to leave the country. Furthermore, it’s often easier to get a TRP for a vacation at a standard POE rather than at a consular or visa office. Therefore, if you intend to leave Canada whether you’re at the airport or on a ship, there’s a much higher probability of having a TRP issued to you.
In terms of traveling by land, it’s very easy for any border agent to stop a vehicle from crossing the border into Canada, especially since it takes little to no resources or time. However, an isolated border crossing will probably not have an official supervisor in place, which is necessary for a TRP application approval. As a result, even if your application isn’t immediately rejected, you may have to sit and wait a number of hours until a supervisor shows up from a different border crossing to help you.
Because most land-border crossings are somewhat picky, it’s not recommended that you pre-pay for any services or accommodations for your trip to Canada before you’re 100% sure that your TRP application has been accepted while trying to cross at a Canadian land border. In such a case, it may be better to use a consular office to apply for a TRP instead.
Depending on a number of factors, including an individual’s reason to enter Canada, a TRP can be issued for as long as three years or as little as one day for someone with a previous DUI conviction on their record. Find out more at duicanadaentry.com/temporary-resident-permit/ or at temporaryresidentpermitcanada.com.