In recent years many of those trying to cross the Canadian
border with a criminal record, have claimed an increase in
difficulty when attempting to do so. Individuals without the proper
paperwork and documentation have been increasingly turned down when
approached by border agents causing for a rise of much confusion
and frustration. This article hopes to shed light on a couple of
reasons why many with criminal records are facing issues.
One of the first reasons, observed through past experiences and
the tales of clients, involves the changing of personnel at many
border locations. Though once staffed with a healthy amount of
immigration and customs officers, current trends have shown that
border stops now contain many fewer immigration officers. As
immigration officers handled the entry of people and customs
officers the entry of goods, many found immigration officers were
more open to work with when it came to crossing the border. As
customs officers had a main focus of enforcement, they were a bit
more rigorous when dealing with those trying to cross the border.
In the situation where an individual with a criminal record, no
matter how old, appeared at the border without paperwork, a customs
officer would be more likely to turn him down.
Another reason, also out of the control of many, is the downturn
of the Canadian economy. With a recent rise in unemployment, and
Canadians everywhere complaining about job security, the government
has decided to turn to protectionist policy barring more immigrants
from getting work permits to come into this country.
Fortunately for many there are multiple Labour Market Impact
Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits one can use to get around the
blockages of the government. Unfortunately, these are commonly
assessed directly at the border which can lead to the bias of
border agents turning down the applications. As these officers are
only human, they may have friends or family that are suffering from
unemployment, this could influence their decisions when assessing a
Continuing on the topic of LMIA exempt permits, over recent
years the requirements have changed multiple times making the
process of obtaining one, once again, increasingly difficult. The
job for lawyers trying to get their clients into the country has
also become harder as past standards are no longer useful
indicators in judging whether or not an individual will be allowed
into the country.
In all it's important to be prudent when attempting to cross
the Canadian border. Having all of the proper documentation is
essential and without it you may have your trip cut short by a
border agent. To check your eligibility to enter Canada check out
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