Many people dream of immigrating to Canada, but a criminal record—even one issued long ago in a different country—can seriously impede the process of immigrating to Canada. As a team of Vancouver immigration consultants, Racer Immigration understands the potential pitfalls facing prospective immigrants–and how to best handle them.
Some of the more common immigration issues include DUIs (driving under the influence) and other criminal issues like drug use.
An experienced Canadian Immigration Consultants, the team at Racer Immigration can help applicants navigate many potential issues when applying for permanent residence. For example, having a DUI can make for a tricky application, but it’s not the end of the road. Just remember, there’s no presumption of innocence when it comes to immigration.
It may be possible to overcome an inadmissibility issue through a process called Criminal Rehabilitation. This process takes about twelve months, and should be complete approximately five years before an application is submitted. However, upon completion, it’s possible to apply as though there is no record at all.
Given the long wait Criminal Rehabilitation, another option may be considered. A Temporary Resident Permit allows someone with a criminal record to enter the country for up to three years—if there is a valid reason for entry. However, this is a temporary measure, and there may not be enough time to gain eligibility for permanent immigration through another channel, such as family sponsorship. In most instances, Criminal Rehabilitation is the best choice.
It’s possible that a convicted applicant to be considered if the crime was minor and more than ten years since the sentence and/or probation has passed.
The process for immigrating to Canada, or any country, is always multi-layered and complex. Any mistakes while trying to self-navigate can jeopardise the process. That’s why it’s important to consult with someone who understands the system and can help applicants avert potential problems.
As a Vancouver-based team of immigration consultants, everyone at Racer Immigration provides one-on-one individualized attention. With proven ability to help prospective Canadian residents, they are a resource for those who have special needs when applying for permanent residence.