What Happens if You Are Denied Entry into Canada?

Many people are denied entry to Canada every single day. In an effort to keep Canada safe and prevent people who shouldn’t be allowed into Canada from entering the country, sometimes people who pose no threat to the safety of Canada or Canadians are caught up in the crossfire. Screen Shot 2012 09 27 at 10.03.47 PM 300x197 What Happens if You Are Denied Entry into Canada?

Did you know that if you have a criminal record (even if it is a very old one) or a medical issue, Canadian border officials can deny you entry to Canada at the US-Canada border or at the Canadian airport?

If you are denied entry to Canada, you will simply be informed of this. You will either be told you are inadmissible to Canada or that you are being denied entry to Canada, and you will be told you must turn around and go back to where you came from.

If you do not co-operate, with border or immigration officials, you could be arrested or detained.

You may also be told about applying for special permission to enter Canada, also known as a temporary resident visa or temporary resident permit.

If you have already spent money on plane tickets or an expensive vacation in Canada, this can be extremely upsetting. Businesses (like a vacation resort or an airline) do not have to check to make sure you are admissible to Canada before they take your money, and in many cases your money will not be refunded.

Make sure you are eligible to enter Canada before you make plans! Call our immigration law firm as soon as you know you are traveling to Canada if you are inadmissible to Canada or worry that you could be refused entry and are not sure whether or not you are inadmissible to Canada. We can help you apply for special permission to enter Canada (A temporary resident permit) so you can enter Canada.

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B-1 Visa for Canadians

Did you know if you are going to visit the United States for business reasons, you may need to apply for a B1 business visitor visa? A B1 business visitor visa is needed if you are visiting the United States for business purposes such as attending business conferences and conventions, purchasing property in the US, negotiating contracts, investigating business opportunities, consulting with associates or attending business meetings. Screen Shot 2012 09 27 at 10.11.25 PM 200x300 B 1 Visa for Canadians

Should I apply for a B1 business visitor visa or a US work permit?

Whether or not you need a United States work visa or work permit or just an B1 business visitor visa to enter the United States can be difficult to determine. It is not always clear which visa you will need to conduct which activities.

For example, if you are a Canadian who intends to visit the United States and work for a United States employer or earn an income from a United States employer, you will require a United States work visa or work permit. But if you are only traveling to the United States for a little bit for a business meeting, a B1 business visitor visa should suffice.

Note that when you apply for a B1 business visitor visa, you will be required to demonstrate several things, including:

1. That you have close ties to Canada such as employment, family and financial ties that will prove you intend to return home and that you will not overstay your B1 business visitor visa.

2. That you will only be engaging in B1 business visitor visa activities that are allowed by the United States government, and you can demonstrate this by offering proof of your itinerary from entering the US to leaving the US.

3. Information from your foreign employer that states why you will be going to the United States and what you will be doing there, that also points out you are employed full-time in Canada and won’t be working in the United States.

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Business Visitor Visas for Canada

 

Canada offers foreign nationals the chance to apply for business visitor visas to come to Canada and engage in business activities. Screen Shot 2012 09 21 at 10.59.28 PM1 300x188 Business Visitor Visas for Canada

Some examples of other activities that can be conducted on a business visitor visa to Canada include buying goods in Canada for a foreign company, dealing with an after sales agreement, attending a product and sales training conducted by a Canadian parent company or a distributor and attending a business meeting or conference or conducting site visits to observe.

Who requires a business visitor visa to Canada?

Many foreign nationals require a business visitor visa to come to Canada to engage in business activities. Most people who are not on the visa-exempt list for Canada will require a visitor visa to come to Canada for any reasons.

When you apply for a business visitor visa for Canada, you will also have to demonstrate that you do not have a medical issue or criminal history that would render you inadmissible to Canada, and that you are employed by a foreign employer full-time.

What do I need to apply for a Canadian business visitor visa?

You will need:

A copy of your passport data page.
A copy of your itinerary for your business activities in Canada, from entrance to exit.
A resume that demonstrates you are qualified for whatever activities you intend to do, such as training for a particular product.
Proof of strong ties to your country of citizenship.
A letter from your employer stating you are employed full time by them.

We can help you apply for a business visitor visa to Canada! Give us a call at the phone number above. We have helped thousands of people obtain visas for Canada, and we can help you too!

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How to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents From Denver

It used to be that a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen could apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents to come to Canada and be permanent residents here. However, that changed in November of 2011. Screen Shot 2012 09 22 at 12.47.47 AM 300x200 How to Sponsor Parents and Grandparents From Denver

In November of 2011, the Canadian government announced they were stopping the acceptance of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents in an effort to clear a very large backlog that was causing these applications to take years and years to be fully processed.

While you can no longer sponsor parents and grandparents to Canada for the time being, you do have an option.

Introducing: The SuperVisa

The government of Canada introduced the SuperVisa, which is a visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents that lasts 10 years. During this 10-year period, parents and grandparents can come to Canada many times for periods of up to 2 years.

The permanent resident or Canadian citizen will apply for this visa on their parents’ or grandparents’ behalf, and to do so they must be able to obtain private medical insurance so their parents and grandparents will be covered, as well as make at least $17,000 per year.

As of November 2011, no new parent or grandparent sponsorship applications were going to be accepted for two years, but don’t expect that timeline to remain concrete. It could be extended at any time.

Please note that the media has been reporting that SuperVisa applications are being denied like crazy, and visa officers are also limiting those visits that are supposed to be up to two years to much shorter durations. Seek professional assistance when applying for a SuperVisa to bring your parents or grandparents to Canada, because it is quickly becoming very apparent that they are not easy to obtain.

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How to Apply for a US Business Visa for Denver in 2012

If you are traveling to the United States for business purposes, you may need a B1 Business Visa. This is a type of United States visitor visa for people who are entering the United States for business meetings, to attend conferences and engage in other activities that aren’t the same as working in the United States for a US employer. Screen Shot 2012 09 21 at 10.59.28 PM 300x188 How to Apply for a US Business Visa for Denver in 2012

If you are a Canadian Citizen, you can apply for a B1 Business Visa at the United States-Canada border or at the United States port of entry such as an airport. However, when doing so be advised that your application and supporting documents must be in perfect order or you could be denied and have to return to Canada.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen, the application process is as follows:

Application for a US Business Visa for non-Canadians

1. Ensure you have a digital photograph of the applicant for the visa. If you visit any location that provides passport photos, they will be able to provide you a photograph that is suitable for a US business visa – just tell them what it’s for.

2. Make an application for a US B1 Business Visitor Visa. You will need to obtain all of the supporting documentation needed to go with your application, including proof that you will return to your home country after your trip is complete (via ties to your family, property, employment or finances in your home country) and information that details your work itinerary for your stay in the United States.

3. Pay the fee for the B1 Business Visitor Visa application and make an appointment with your closest US embassy or consulate. You will need to undergo a visa interview.

4. Ensure that you bring the following to your interview:
– Your valid passport
– Your visa photos
– Your application
– Your visa fee receipts
– Your appointment letter
– Your supporting documentation as described in step 2.

Are you a Canadian citizen or other foreign national applying for a B1 Business Visitor Visa for the United States? Contact us! We can help you.

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How to Apply for a TRP for Canada

A temporary resident permit is required by the citizens of many different countries around the world who want to visit Canada for any length of time. A temporary resident permit is also called a temporary resident visa or a Canadian visitor’s visa. Screen Shot 2012 09 19 at 12.58.41 AM 300x222 How to Apply for a TRP for Canada

While a temporary resident permit is not a guarantee of access to Canada, you will still require one to enter Canada if you are not from a visa-exempt country.

How to apply for a temporary resident permit

1. Make an application for a temporary resident permit. Read and understand all of the instructions on the application. Whenever you fill out any kind of immigration form, you need to make sure you follow the instructions exactly – even a small mistake could result in the denial of your application.

2. Gather the required supporting documentation for a temporary resident permit. This will include proof of a valid travel document (like a valid passport), passport photos for the visa, information about your finances (to prove you can support yourself financially while in Canada), and other documents that may be necessary depending on your individual situation – they can vary.

3. You will need to pay the fee when you submit your temporary resident permit application .Even if your application is denied, you will not get your fee back.

The fees are:
$75 for a single entry visa
$150 for a multiple entry visa
$400 for a family multiple entry/single entry

4. Submit your application. There are two options for submitting your temporary resident permit application – at the Canadian border or port of entry, and at your nearest Canadian consulate. While the Canadian consulate can take longer to process an application, if you’re denied at the Canadian border you will have to turn around and go back where you came from. You may also have to undergo an interview and a medical examination depending on a number of factors.

We have handled thousands of temporary resident permit applications with success! Give us a call, we can handle yours.

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I have committed a small theft. Will I be denied entry to the United States?

If you have a criminal past, you may be criminally inadmissible to the United States. This is because the United States will deny entry to anyone who could pose a thread to the United States or its citizens.Screen Shot 2012 09 15 at 10.28.06 PM 300x198 I have committed a small theft. Will I be denied entry to the United States?

Petty theft is not generally considered a “crime of moral turpitude”, which is the basis for most criminal inadmissibility to the United States. Such crimes include:

• Controlled Substance Traffickers – Includes “assister, abettor, conspirator, or colluder”
• Conviction of 2 or more offenses with a combined sentence of 5 or more years
• Prostitution and Commercialized
• Certain aliens involved in serious criminal activity who have asserted immunity from prosecution INA

However, you cannot be too careful. If you have a criminal record in Canada and the border officials in the United States decide to run a criminal background check when you decide to cross the border, you could still risk being denied entry to the United States.

You may want to speak to a licensed immigration lawyer about your specific case, as all criminal records are different.

There is also another option for you if you’ve been denied entry to the United States:

Applying for a US Waiver of inadmissibility

A US Waiver of inadmissibility will allow you into the United States despite your criminal inadmissibility, but you should speak to a licensed immigration lawyer first. You may or may not need one, depending on your criminal record.

Do you have a criminal record and want to visit the United States from Canada? We can help! We have handled thousands of denial of entry cases and can help you with yours. You can contact us using the e-mail form on the right of this page or by calling as at the number above.

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Who can stop over in Denver?

The United States is an extremely common stopover point when you are traveling by airplane to any destination around the world. Even though you will just be inside of an airport and not actually going out into the United States, you may need to take extra steps if you would ordinarily be inadmissible to the United States. Screen Shot 2012 09 15 at 8.16.17 PM 300x219 Who can stop over in Denver?

Who is inadmissible to the United States?

There is a long list of criteria that could cause someone to be denied entry into the United States. Most of them have to do with medical issues or criminal records, but include:

– Committing immigration fraud or immigration violations.
– Being the immediate family member who is a drug trafficker and having benefited from their money.
– Having participated in genocide or being a Nazi.
– Having been previously deported or removed from the United States.
– Being a drug abuser (using drugs more than once within the last three years would qualify)
– Being likely to go on welfare
– Having a contagious disease
– Having a criminal record for multiple crimes.
– Being a polygamist.

As you can see, many different types of people are inadmissible to the United States and might not even know it. If you are inadmissible to the United States and your travel itinerary will have a stopover in the United States, you’ll need a US Waiver. In addition if your need for travel is very urgent you could apply for humanitarian parole. If your criminal conviction is very, very small you could also obtain a petty offence exception.

If you need to stop over in the United States and think you might be inadmissible or know you are inadmissible, contact a licensed immigration lawyer as soon as you know you will be traveling through the US. There are several different options and whichever one is best for you depends on your specific circumstances.

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How Can a Canadian Citizen Work in the Denver in 2012?

Like most other foreign nationals, Canadian citizens require a work visa to work legally in the United States. Luckily, the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) makes it a bit easier for Canadian (and Mexican) citizens to obtain a work visa for the United States. This is thanks to a special visa called a TN Visa, which only Canadian (and Mexican) citizens are eligible for. Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for a TN VisaScreen Shot 2012 09 14 at 11.17.51 PM 300x221 How Can a Canadian Citizen Work in the Denver in 2012?

Requirements to be eligible for a TN Visa for Canadian Citizens

1. Be a Canadian citizen, with proof of your citizenship in the form of a birth certificate or a valid passport.

2. Have an existing job offer from a United States job offer that is for a temporary basis, of up to three years. This job offer must be in the proper TN Visa format.

3. Your job offer must be consistent with the NAFTA list of approved TN Visa professional occupations. Some of these acceptable occupations include doctors, dentists, scientists, geologists, chemists, registered nurses, lawyers and engineers. A complete list is available here: http://www.visaplace.com/usa-immigration/tn-visa-applications.php

Top 10 TN Visa Tips from our Immigration Law Firm

• US Job offer should be consistent with your Education
• US job offer should appear on the NAFTA LIST
• US job offer should not exceed three years
• US job offer letter should be properly formatted with all relevant information
• When you apply, READ and UNDERSTAND all your documentation
• Your resume should be well organized and complete
• Employment references should be consistent and relevant
• Bring a valid Canadian Passport for at least three years
• Foreign degrees and diplomas should be evaluated as equivalent to Canadian or US Standards
• Get your TN Documentation reviewed by an Immigration Professional

Is your occupation not on the NAFTA list? There are many other types of United States work visas that Canadian Citizens can apply for. Give us a call for an assessment on your case, we would love to help you! You can also e-mail us by filling out the form on the right.

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How Do I Properly Fill Out An Immigration Application?

The Canadian and United States immigration departments are very busy, as well they should be – both countries are beautiful and full of opportunity, with many people from around the world wanting to live and work in both of them. Screen Shot 2012 09 13 at 11.26.37 PM 300x222 How Do I Properly Fill Out An Immigration Application?

Did you know even a slight mistake, omission or error on your immigration application can cause it to be denied? We can help! We’ve compiled a list of tips for making sure your immigration applications to the United States of Canada are flawless and in good order.

Tips for Filling Out Immigration Forms

1. Read, understand and follow the instructions on your immigration application exactly. You want to make it as easy as possible for the immigration officer reviewing your application – if they can’t read it, how can they approve it?

2. Do not leave any blank spaces on an immigration form. This might make the immigration officer think that you’ve forgotten something. If you cannot answer something or it does not apply to you, write “not applicable” in the field.

3. Include all of the documentation necessary. The needed documentation depends on the type of application, but it might include copies of your passport or birth certificate, your resume, degrees, educational transcripts, financial information or more. Be sure not to miss anything. If you cannot include something that is required, enclose a cover letter that explains why it is missing.

4. Have your immigration application checked out by a licensed and qualified immigration lawyer/attorney. We have handled thousands of immigration cases in both Canada and the United States. Just think – it’s your first time dealing with immigration papers, while we’ve been going over them and filling them out for over 15 years. We will be able to make sure your application is perfect, and nothing is missing.

Contact an immigration lawyer today for the best chance of success with your immigration application. You’re closer than you think!

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I’ve Been Denied Entry to the United States for Medical Reasons

Many countries will deny entry or visas to people they deem medically inadmissible. The United States is certainly no different! Screen Shot 2012 09 13 at 9.55.10 PM 300x224 Ive Been Denied Entry to the United States for Medical Reasons

What is medical inadmissibility to the United States?

If you have an illness that the United States considers to be dangerous to others or that could threaten social services, you could be determined to be medically inadmissible to the United States. Some examples of conditions that could result in your being denied entry to the United States include:

Drug abuse or drug addiction
Not having the required vaccinations
Mental disorders or physical disorders that present a danger to others
Diseases that are contagious

As you can see, the reasons for medical inadmissibility to the United States are quite broad and varied. If you do fall into any of the above categories, keep in mind that individual people and cases are just as varied as these reasons for medical inadmissibility and your case will be reviewed individually.

What if I am medically inadmissible to the United States?

If you are medically inadmissible to the United States, you can apply for a waiver of inadmissibly to enter the United States despite your medical condition.

A medical waiver of inadmissibility can be applied for by spouses or unmarried children of a United States citizen or permanent resident, parents of children who are United States citizens or permanent residents and self-petitioning spouses or children who are victims of abuse.

If you do not fall into one of the above categories for applying for a medical waiver of inadmissibility for the United States, contact one of our licensed immigration attorneys right away. We have handled thousands of denial of entry cases and we can help you with yours. Use the form on the right of this page, or call us at the number above for an assessment of your case.

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