Canada Immigration – Permanent Residents Can Be Deported

2011-07-22

So at long last, you’ve managed to navigate the Canada immigration rules, waited months for approval,  landed in Canada and received your permanent residence card.

You are free and clear of any immigration hassles from this point forward, correct?

No.

A permanent resident of Canada may be deported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

How?

The permanent resident has to be convicted of an offense in Canada that has a minimum penalty of at least 10 years (regardless of the actual penalty).  As well, if the permanent resident was sentenced to more than 6 months prison for any federal offense, he or she could be the subject of a deportation hearing.

There is the discretion to allow the permanent resident to remain in Canada, however, the more serious the offense, the greater the chance the permanent resident will face deporation.

As well, any sentence over 2 years means the permanent resident loses all administrative rights of appeal – going to court for an appeal would be the only option remaining.

It always a good idea to apply for citizenship as soon as you have 3 years of residence in Canada to avoid the even remote chance of facing a deportation order later in time.

 

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

  1. July 22, 2011

    Whoa, thanks, I had no idea. I thought once you had PR it was like citizenship, but obviously not.

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