Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Visiting Canada With A Less Than Pristine Record

So what is a person to do who needs to travel on business or wishes to go to Canada for pleasure? Well, there’s no need to cancel that fly-in-fishing trip because of a prior offense. There are several legal processes that can permit an otherwise excludable person to enter Canada temporarily or even permanently. However, those with convictions in a Canadian court require additional effort.

If more than 5 years have passed since all sentences related to the conviction(s) were completed, a traveler may apply for Approval of Rehabilitation through a designated Canadian Consulate in the United States or Canadian Immigration Service. The process is not terribly complicated, but can be tedious. Often, people find it easier to hire a competent lawyer to handle the paperwork for them and insure that nothing has been missed that can hold up their vacation. Ample time (sometimes months) should be allowed prior to travel for an Approval of Rehabilitation. The decision to approve rehabilitation is at the discretion of the Canadian authorities, so there’s no guarantee of admission to Canada for that guys’ weekend, or even a Niagara Falls honeymoon. However once a person receives it, the Approval is permanent as related to offenses prior to the application. The best rule of thumb is to examine your own legal history, as well as those of your traveling companions and insure that issues are handled before you reach the 
Canadian border.


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Satveer S. Chaudhary is a lifelong sportsman and former wildlife and conservation policy- maker. As an attorney, he represents hunting and fishing organizations, businesses, individual hunters and anglers, and serves on the board of Safari Club International. He has worked in a variety of capacities with National Association of Sportsmen Caucuses, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. He knows the law because he helped make it.

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