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Old 01-14-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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I'm 21 going on 22 years old and want to go to Canada (and its not because of trump or any other politician, celebrity or any other public figure). Almost a year ago when I was 19/20 I was arrested for a misdemeanor, but never got convicted for the charge. I eventually ended up just doing community service through a diversion program since it was my first offense and getting my record expunged. I was wondering will I still be able to go to Canada or am I banned for life?

 
Old 01-14-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm 21 going on 22 years old and want to go to Canada (and its not because of trump or any other politician, celebrity or any other public figure). Almost a year ago when I was 19/20 I was arrested for a misdemeanor, but never got convicted for the charge. I eventually ended up just doing community service through a diversion program since it was my first offense and getting my record expunged. I was wondering will I still be able to go to Canada or am I banned for life?
If you were not convicted and don't have a record I don't see why you would have a problem. You should be good.
 
Old 01-14-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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I would contact the police service where the offence occurred and request a clearance letter. If you don't do anything about it, even a discharge can stay on your record and could cause you problems...I know it did for me. This is just a good thing to do in any case, whether for travelling or more importantly applying for a job.
 
Old 01-14-2017, 07:00 PM
 
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Actually I was looking for permanent residency in Canada to be exact.
 
Old 01-14-2017, 07:28 PM
 
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Actually I was looking for permanent residency in Canada to be exact.
That is a different story from just coming up for a visit. At your age, there's no way you have the skills and experience to qualify under the skilled worker program. You might be able to come up on a student visa and transition as some I know have. I could of course be mistaken, what program are you looking to qualify for immigration under? If you need more info, please see this link:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
 
Old 01-15-2017, 09:26 AM
 
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If it helps any I'm about to graduate with a degree in computer science and I have a couple of years in self taught programming/coding skills. I asked this same question on yahoo answers earlier and people are telling me that my chances are slim to none since I was still "convicted" although I never serve jailtime.
 
Old 01-15-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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According from another source since I did a diversion program I still pleaded guilty and even though it has been expunged it can still be seen on police databases as well as immigration databases.
 
Old 01-15-2017, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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Depending on the crime, how long ago it was and how you have behaved since, you may still be allowed to come to Canada, if you:

convince an immigration officer that you meet the legal terms to be deemed rehabilitated, or
applied for rehabilitation and were approved, or
were granted a record suspension or
have a temporary resident permit.
Overcome criminal convictions
 
Old 01-15-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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Does this means I can still get residency/citizenship in Canada someday?
 
Old 01-16-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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Any serious answers?
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