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Canada immigration lawyer focused on helping Americans apply for a Temporary Resident Permit so they can travel to Canada with a criminal record. We offer free comprehensive consultations (unlike many businesses who demand a retainer before assessing your options).

Applying for TRP at Border

Any foreign national that has been convicted of a crime that can equate to an indictable offense in Canada may be considered criminally inadmissible and turned away at the Canadian border. To enter Canada with a DUI or other criminal record, Americans can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) which can enable them to overcome Canadian criminal inadmissibility for up to 3 years. TRP applications are mailed away to a Canadian visa office, and typically take 3-6 months to be processed.

In an emergency, it is possible to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit at the border. For example, a business professional from the United States might only find out about a very important business trip to Canada a few weeks in advance, which would not give him or her enough time to apply for advanced DUI entry permission. In order to apply for a TRP at the border, an applicant's situation must legitimately be urgent. If you do not need to go to Canada right away, it is always recommended to obtain a Temporary Resident Permit in advance of your trip. In general, Americans traveling to Canada for work purposes have a significantly higher chance of being issued a TRP at the border compared to a person visiting for leisure purposes. This being said, there are some non-work related scenarios, such as the death of a close family member in Canada, that can be a very valid reason for applying for a border TRP.

If you are applying for a Canada Temporary Resident Permit at the border, it is crucial for your application to be completed properly with no errors or omissions. If you are inadmissible to Canada due to criminality and immigration officials refuse your TRP application, you can be denied entry at the border and sent home. If you are flying to Canada and presenting a TRP application at a Canadian airport, a border refusal can result in being flown back to the US on the next available flight at your expense. Consequently, it is imperative that your Canada TRP application is done correctly and that it presents the strongest possible case. Our Canadian immigration lawyer has extensive experience professionally preparing Temporary Resident Permit applications on behalf of clients, and can help Americans with a DUI maximize their chances of success when petitioning the Government for entrance permission at the border.

Questions about applying for a Temporary Resident Permit at the Canadian border? Phone our legal team today for a free consultation.

Border TRPs vs. Consulate TRPs

If you can avoid requesting a Temporary Resident Permit at a Canadian Port of Entry by getting approved for a Waiver ahead of time, it is highly recommended. Applying for a border TRP is not ideal since authorities make a decision on the spot. Americans with enough time to obtain entry permission in advance of travel via a consulate should go this route so they know they are safe before arriving at an airport or land border crossing. Success rates are generally higher through a consulate, so visitors need to be extremely careful bringing paperwork to the border, especially if their travel is not of vital importance or if they have felony convictions or multiple impaired driving offenses.

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