Getting Into Canada with Criminal Record

As Americans get older and begin to retire, they often have the free time and disposable income to travel. One popular tourist destination is our neighbor to the North. Canada offers visitors a beautiful landscape, fantastic national parks, and clean and safe cities. If a US resident has a criminal record from their younger years, however, they may have trouble crossing the border especially if the crime was a felony. Canada and the United States share criminal databases now, and consequently the Canadian border has full access to the FBI database which includes all Rhode Island criminal records.

In order to travel to Canada with a criminal record, Americans must successfully attain special entrance permission which is available as Temporary Resident Permits. Even if you are aging and don't appear to present a threat to Canadian society, your ability to enter the country is solely at the discretion of border officials unless you are issued a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation. Seniors have been denied entry by Canadian immigration authorities before, so don't count on your age to get you into the country if you have a criminal record including for minor offenses such as impaired driving. Thousands of people are turned away each year from Canadian borders, and many of them only have a single misdemeanor DWI on their record which makes them ineligible for entry to the country. Want to go to Canada with a DUI or other criminal record? Here is a great guide to visiting Canada with a criminal record.