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Getting a Canadian work permit in spite of criminality issues

Austin Campbell



Securing a Canadian work permit is not easy, and there are many obstacles to overcome. Having a minor criminal offense on the record can prove to be a roadblock for any applicant. Foreign nationals have their work cut out for them because of the strengthened security measures and immigration laws in Canada. It can be difficult to be eligible for a work permit in Canada when one is subject to criminal charges. With temporary Canadian work permits, applicants can live in Canada along with their immediate family. Having Canadian work experience can prove to be helpful for someone who is aiming for permanent residence in Canada.

Offenses that can keep applicants from getting work permits in Canada include but are not limited to impaired driving (DUI), assault, theft, possession of drugs, or any other controlled substances, traffic violations, and dangerous driving.

Applicants can still secure a Canadian work permit if they have minor criminal charges, but it will depend on the time that has elapsed between the date of the offense and the date of filing of the application for the work permit. The completion of the sentence given to the individual because of the crime must have occurred at least five years before the process of obtaining the work permit if the individual wants to apply for criminal rehabilitation. This could prove to be a permanent solution because the individual will be able to enter Canada without the burden of the criminal record once the request is approved.

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If the time elapsed since the end of the sentence is five years or less have elapsed, the applicant request for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) along with submitting the application for a work permit. The TRP acts as a temporary exemption and allows individuals to stay in Canada for a fixed amount of them, even if they are inadmissible.

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