Entering Canada With A Conviction

A DUI, felony, or misdemeanor conviction committed outside Canada will prevent a foreign national from entering Canada.

There are two ways to overcome inadmissibility.

Temporary Resident Permit

Any person living in the United States who possesses a recent criminal record and wishes to travel to Canada will need a Temporary Resident Permit. This is valid up to one or two years.


One may also apply for a Rehabilitation. This document is a permanent approval allowing lifetime hassle free border crossing into Canada. This document never needs to be renewed.

The Canadian Government will look at each application individually. They will consider the following factors:

✓ Nature of conviction

✓ Date of last conviction

✓ Sentencing

✓ Reasons for travel

A Temporary Resident Permit may take up to 4-12 months for processing. It is important to note, if you’ve been denied entry in the past, you must have an approved permit to cross in the future as you may risk prosecution and/or deportation.


A Temporary Resident Permit or Rehabilitation does not permit one to work in Canada. These approvals allow visitation for a period determined by the admitting officer.

Canada Border Crossing Services offers free, private phone consultations to assess your eligibility. Call us today!