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What does eTA mean for the criminally inadmissible?

Latest electronic pre-screening news What does eTA mean for the criminally inadmissible? AUGUST 2016 – Last summer, Canadian Immigration began accepting applications for the then-forthcoming electronic Travel Authorization system (eTA), which subsequently launched earlier this year on March 15th. Beginning on September 30th, 2016, Canadian immigration authorities will be required to pre-screen and authorize visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling or transiting through Canada by air before

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Summer 2016 Tips to Enter Canada with a DUI

Part 1: What vehicle-related offenses put me at risk of criminal inadmissibility? The summer months offer much-needed time for travel and leisure, and Canada is a prime destination for many vacationers. No one likes having their travel plans disrupted, but unforeseen difficulties can arise if you have a criminal record. Drinking and driving lead to some of the most frequent criminal charges that can affect

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Wisconsin man tries to cross Canadian border concealed in pickup truck

Border officers apprehend 58-year-old man attempting to enter the country illegally MANITOBA, June 2016 – On Monday, June 13th, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers discovered something unexpected in the back of a pickup truck: an American traveler hiding under a pile of camping supplies in an alleged attempt to cross the border into Manitoba. As reported by the CBC, CTV, Winnipeg Free Press, and

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Sucker punch lands Kelowna man under deportation order in jail

Former refugee found criminally inadmissible to Canada in 2009 KELOWNA, May 2016 – A criminally inadmissible Kelowna resident under a five-year-old deportation order was recently jailed for an assault conviction involving a sucker punch thrown in a bar fight in September 2014. Steven Edward Kollie was found guilty of assaulting Michael Martin outside a downtown Kelowna nightclub called Sapphire. Kollie delivered the incriminating blow after

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Police arrest 68th offender from “Wanted by the CBSA” list

OTTAWA, May 2016 – As reported by Global News and other media outlets, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced the arrest of William Arquimides Orellana Melendez. Now 35 years old, Melendez is the 68th individual from the “Wanted by the CBSA” list to be found and arrested in the country. The El Salvadoran-born man was on the list for nearly five years before Saskatoon

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