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Can felons enter Canada?

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Those convicted of certain minor and serious crimes may be considered inadmissible to Canada during the visa application. Felons also can be turned away at ports of entry, according to the Government of Canada.

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Can felons enter Canada?
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The Canadian government lists convictions of theft, assault, manslaughter, driving under the influence and possession or trafficking of controlled substances as common reasons for denial of entry into Canada. Those convicted of these crimes do have options to gain entry. Canada's immigration law provides a pathway for convicted persons to show that they meet Canada's criteria for rehabilitation. The crime itself, time passed since the completion of the sentence and whether the person has multiple criminal convictions all play a role in whether an application for entry is approved.

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