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Can You Enter Canada with an Assault Charge?

Potential travelers to Canada do not always realize that a prior assault conviction may render a person criminally inadmissible to Canada. Regardless of whether or not the person's country of residence classifies the assault as a felony or a misdemeanor, they may be considered inadmissible to Canada if the crime is equivalent to an indictable offense under Canadian law. The Canadian border is notoriously strict, and prospective visitors with a criminal history that involves violence can face particularly harsh scrutiny from immigration officials. Even if a person has been arrested for assault (including domestic battery or domestic violence) and is currently waiting for trial, they still risk being refused by Canadian immigration officials since the border treats pending criminal charges essentially the same as a conviction.

To overcome criminal inadmissibility in order to visit Canada with an assault record, a person needs a Canada Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or Permanent Rehabilitation. If the conviction is only for a single assault charge and it is considered a non-serious offense, such as misdemeanor common assault not causing bodily injury, after a period of 10 years from full completion of sentencing an individual may be deemed rehabilitated and considered admissible to Canada without the need for special permission. In the meantime, however, any arrest or conviction for assault could cause the individual to be refused entry into Canada if they have not obtained a TRP or undergone Rehabilitation.

If you are interested in going to Canada but have domestic violence, criminal harassment, or an assault conviction on your criminal record, or are facing pending criminal charges for any of these crimes, phone us today for a free consultation.

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