Boost Your Chances of Entering Canada: Three Strategies to Overcome a Cannabis Conviction

Three ways to overcome a cannabis conviction before coming to Canada

“Foreign Nationals with Cannabis-Related Convictions: Are They Inadmissible to Canada?”

Inadmissibility to Canada, for all crimes including cannabis-related convictions, depends on how a foreign conviction equates to the Canadian criminal code. If a foreign national is deemed criminally inadmissible to Canada, it is because the crime they committed in another country equates to a crime under Canadian law that would render the individual unable to enter this country. However, some foreign nationals with cannabis-related convictions may still be admissible to Canada due to changes in Canadian law regarding cannabis offenses.

The Canadian Perspective on Cannabis-Related Inadmissibility

Despite new Canadian laws that make foreign nationals with certain cannabis-related convictions admissible to Canada, a few common cannabis-related offences can still bar a non-Canadian from entering the country. These include possession (over 30 grams) of dried cannabis, possession of cannabis (in non-dried forms) equal to more than 30 grams, cannabis-related Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, and illegal sale or distribution of cannabis. These offenses are still considered serious under Canadian law and can lead to inadmissibility.

Is there any way to enter Canada if I have committed an inadmissible offence related to cannabis?

Foreign nationals with cannabis-related (and other) convictions can still travel to Canada by overcoming their inadmissibility through a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). With a valid reason to travel to Canada – including for business or an emergency – foreign nationals can use a TRP to overcome a cannabis conviction if they prove that the benefits of their entry outweigh any potential risks to Canadians and the country. TRPs can be granted with a validity period of up to three years and applicants do not need to complete a criminal sentence to be eligible for this permit.

Additionally, legal opinion letters prepared by Canadian immigration lawyers can help foreign nationals justify their admissibility by outlining details related to their convictions and the lawyer’s opinion on the matter. Criminal Rehabilitation Applications also offer a way for successful applicants to enter Canada after permanently clearing their past criminal history.

Concluding Thoughts

The issue of inadmissibility for foreign nationals with cannabis-related convictions is a complex one, with Canadian laws constantly evolving and changing. While some individuals may still be barred from entering Canada due to serious cannabis offenses, there are avenues to overcome inadmissibility and gain entry to the country. As attitudes toward cannabis continue to shift, it is important for foreign nationals to be aware of their options and seek legal advice to navigate the Canadian immigration system.



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