Recently in the news we read about a grief stricken father desperate for an answer on whether he would be granted entry to the US from Jamaica in order to attend his child’s funeral. The man had been deported from New York due to a marijuana arrest 16 years ago.

He was publicly requesting special permission from President Trump to re-enter the United States on compassionate grounds, despite being inadmissible to enter the US. Although the circumstance was heart-wrenching and garnered media attention, the father was inevitably denied a visa to enter the US by the US Embassy, Kingston, Jamaica.  

If we are to look at the same scenario with a Canadian lens, what would the process be if the appeal was made to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?  Can a foreign national re-enter Canada after receiving a removal order?

The short answer is ‘Yes’ but first you must confirm what type of enforcement order you were given by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and how you responded to the order.

There are 3 types of removal orders:

The Departure Order

If you left Canada within the required 30 days AND verified your departure with a Canadian immigration officer at the port of exit.

If you received this notice and completed the two steps above, then you can reapply for a visitor visa for Canada without any special application or permission. If not, you will need to apply for an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC).

The Exclusion Order

If you were issued an Exclusion Order and;

        • 12 months have passed since you left Canada and
        • you have a Certificate of Departure showing the date you left Canada

If the above fits your scenario You may be able to return to Canada subject to normal examination at the border.If you wish to return to Canada less than 12 months after the Exclusion Order was issued, or do not have a Certificate of Departure, you need to apply for an ARC.

Please note that reapplication for a visitor visa does not guarantee approval. 

The Deportation Order

If you were deported due to criminal activity, there is more details required and we suggest that you consult with Williams Immigration to truly understand what possibilities exist for your possible return to Canada.

If you have a criminal past in Jamaica and you are in a situation where you have a compelling reason that requires yo to visit Canada, but you are unsure about whether you will be granted re-entry, Williams Immigration can consult with you on your Canadian immigration matter. We can provide you with the correct advice and procedures when applying to the IRCC.

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Our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant will be happy to hear your case and provide you with the best solution for your scenario.


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