If you are a musician or a person employed by a music tour but
you have a criminal history, you will likely be inadmissible to
enter Canada unless you apply for a permit.
People travelling to Canada as part of a music tour often wonder
if they will be free to travel if they have a past criminal
history. Luckily, these people are often able to travel after
securing either a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal
If you are an American citizen and you have no criminal history,
you are free to travel to Canada. Under some circumstances,
depending on what sort of show you'll be involved in, you may
need a work permit but this will likely be specified by the venue
at which the show will take place and the nature of your position
If you do have a criminal history however, you may be
temporarily criminally inadmissible to Canada. However, this
inadmissibility can be overcome by applying for a permit.
If you have multiple offences, you will be able to enter Canada
but only with a permit. In this case, the permit you can obtain
depends on the dates of completion of all the terms of your
sentence. If it has been over 5 years since that date, you can
Criminal Rehabilitation, a permit which will grant you
permanent admissibility to Canada. This permit will however be
revoked if you commit another offence. Additionally, Criminal
Rehabilitation applications often take approximately a year to
process and therefore if you have urgent travel, we also recommend
applying for a Temporary Resident Permit.
If it has been less than 5 years since the completion of your
sentence, you can apply for a
Temporary Resident Permit. This permit will grant you access to
Canada on a temporary basis for a specific trip. You can however
also apply for a multiple entry TRP which is useful, for instance,
if you are a part of a tour which will be entering and exiting
Canada several times. These however only grant you temporary
admissibility to Canada so if you travel to Canada frequently, you
may want to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation as soon as you are
If you have only one offence on your record and over ten years
have passed since the date of completion of all the terms of your
sentence, you will be Deemed Rehabilitated simply by the passage of
time. However, it can still be good to obtain a Legal Opinion
Letter from a Canadian attorney certifying that you are in good
legal standing to enter Canada.
FWCanada is pleased to offer all of these services and more. We
have successfully assisted many large and small scale performers
and their support staff enter Canada and we can do the same for
If you are interested in obtaining one of these permits or would
like more information about travelling to Canada, please fill out
our free online assessment form here.
To read FWCanada's FAQ on Immigration please
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