Canadian Visitor Visa Inadmissibility
Visas such as a visitor’s visa can be refused by Canada Border Services Agency on grounds of a criminal history. While the United States citizens enjoy being able to come to Canada for shopping and short trips, an individual can be denied entry at the Border on the ground of a past offense which by Canadian Parliament would constitute criminal behaviour and cause concern enough to deny entry to Canada. So even though the United States is “exempt” from its citizens applying for visitor visas, in the case of someone who has been arrested and/or convicted of a criminal offense, in this case, this person would need to apply for a visitor’s visa and go through a formal process for being admitted to Canada.
An example that might cause a problem for a US citizen entering Canada would be if they have been arrested and convicted of drunk driving. In this case, that person would need to apply for a visitor’s visa and then prove to the CBSA that they pose no threat to Canada should they enter. Some people have this on their record from long time past, however, it is possible to get your papers sorted out and still enjoy a shopping trip or vacation to Canada through the visitor permits scheme.
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