The following reports, released by the Canadian Border Services Agency, contain documented incidents of American citizens being found inadmissible to Canada over the past year.
In January, CBSA officers at the Fort Frances Port of Entry (POE) conducted 355 immigration interviews. Following these interviews, five individuals were granted work permits, five individuals received visitor records, six individuals were refused entry for criminality, one individual was allowed to enter on a temporary visitor permit, and 68 Remote Area Border Crossing permits were issued.
On January 5, a U.S. resident of Oregon seeking entry into Canada was referred for further questioning. Subsequent background checks revealed that this traveller had multiple criminal convictions in the United States, including: aggravated robbery, assault of a peace officer, receiving stolen property, theft, theft by cheque, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence (DUI), and multiple probation violations. He was reported as being criminally inadmissible and was returned to the United States.
Also on January 5, a U.S. resident was refused entry due to three convictions for assault and battery in the state of Michigan.
On January 12, a U.S. resident of Minnesota presented himself at the Fort Frances POE to determine whether he was admissible to Canada. A background check showed a 2008 conviction for fraud. The individual also had a DUI conviction on his record. He was found to be inadmissible and returned to the United States.
On January 25, the CBSA received information that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for a Canadian citizen who was in the United States. The following day, the individual returned to Canada at the Fort Frances POE. An outstanding warrant for two counts of Failure to Attend Court under paragraph 145(5)(b) of the Criminal Code was confirmed, and the individual was placed under arrest. Border services officers then turned the subject over to the Ontario Provincial Police.
On January 28, a U.S. resident of Wisconsin presented himself at the Fort Frances POE for a snowmobiling and fishing trip to Nestor Falls. Background checks revealed two previous convictions for driving under the influence and a third conviction for disorderly conduct. The individual was unaware of his inadmissibility and was forthcoming with information regarding his convictions. The individual was issued a Temporary Resident Permit for the duration of his trip and allowed into Canada since the convictions were more than 10 years old. He was also counselled on the criminal conviction rehabilitation process and how to obtain rehabilitation for future trips.
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