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U.S. CITIZENS (Landed Immigrants or Citizens of Foreign Countries)

You are ineligible to travel to Canada if you have been convicted of any crime. No matter the length of time that has passed, all convictions will render you inadmissible to Canada. Youth convictions will not be considered. Entry to Canada at any port (land, air or water) may be denied unless the traveller holds a valid permit The permit may be valid up to 2 years and allows visitors entrance into Canada for vacation or business purposes. However, this pass does not allow one to establish residency in Canada.


This document allows multple entries into Canada at any port for a period of 1 or 2 years. This pass is valid for vacation or business travel. It is not authorization to work in Canada for a Canadian employer. A Temporary Resident Permit can take 3 weeks or up to 6 months to process. This document, when approved, is mailed to your residence. It must be produced upon making entry at the port when crossing.


Rehabilitation is proof to the Canadian government that you have led a stable lifestyle with little indication that there will ever be any involvement in further criminal activity. You qualify for rehabilitation five years upon completion of the sentence. This rehabilitation is permanent approval of admissibility to Canada. This pass never needs to be renewed. It is valid for multiple entries at any port. The length of stay is subject to approval by Canadian Immigration officers. Rehabilitation may take up to one year to process. As this waiting period is lengthy, it is advisable to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit first.


  • complexity of application forms
  • knowledge of filing information required
  • fee must be submitted with each application. If application is incorrectly completed, it is returned to you non-refundable
  • fees are more affordable (law firm rates are double or higher)
  • contacts with local, state and federal authorities
  • on-line services & processing


  • initial interview
  • acceptance criteria established
  • completion of appropriate documents
  • verification of offense
  • application to Canadian Authorities
  • waiting period for a Temporary Resident Permit is 3 weeks to 6 months. Rehabilitation can take up to 12 months

North Coast Adventures

Peter Klaui

P.O. Box 1011, Campbell River, B.C. Canada V9W 6Y4

In Season: Ph/Msg/Fax (250) 830-7434 Boat Mobile (phone only) (604) 640-9470

Off Season: Ph/Msg/Fax (250) 539-5751 Cell (250) 830-7676


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