Can a us felon move to canada

What is the first step an ex convict has to make to move to Canada legally. I am a Canadian citizen and my US boyfriend just got out of prison in ID. We want to get married and live in Canada. I can't go to the US to marrry him because I've been deported for life from the US. If there is a legal way I'd really like to know. I've been waiting for him for 5 years now. Thanks you...jc

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ANSWER #1 of 4

No felon is allowed to enter Canada - not even for something as small as a misdemeanor...he absolutely won't be granted citizenship.

You can try to have his record cleared, but if the charge is still fairly new, there's really no hope for that.


ANSWER #2 of 4

I am trying to learn the laws of Canada as well I currently live in Colorado. And am looking to move to Canada to be with my Fiance. I think your best bet is to let him come to Canada to marrie you then you wait about a year and can come back to the U.S. how long are you deported for?


ANSWER #3 of 4

I'm deported for life, so there's no chance of moving to the US for me. I don't want to give up hope, but from the answers I got it looks hopeless. Thank you everyone that answered.


ANSWER #4 of 4

"Section 19(2)(a.1) of the Immigration Act of Canada states that persons convicted of an offence outside of Canada, that would be an offence under Canadian law, cannot be admitted to Canada. Criminally inadmissable persons can, however, apply for a special permission to enter Canada. This special permission is expressed by a Minister's Permit."

Any person living in the United States who possesses a criminal record and wishes to travel to Canada will need a Ministers Permit. This is valid up to one year. One may also apply for a Rehabilitation. This document is a permanent approval, and allows hassle free border crossing into Canada.
The Canadian Government will look at each application individually. They will consider the following factors:

1) Nature of conviction
2) Date of last conviction
3) Sentencing
4) Reasons for travel

A Ministers Permit may take up to 6 months for processing. A personal interview may be required at the port of entry nearest the applicant's residence.

Rehabilitation allows lifetime access into Canada. This document never needs to be renewed. A Ministers Permit and Rehabilitation does not permit one to work in Canada. These approvals allow visitation for a period up to 6 months at a time.

Interestingly enough, President Bush had to file for these papers as he has a DUI conviction. He can cross the border until 2004 according to his paper work.


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