Canada’s international economy relies on trucks, and trucking in Canada needs a large number of drivers.
Approximately 20,000 trucking jobs are now available across the country. The demand for labour is so great in Saskatchewan, for example, that the province has established a separate immigration route for long-haul truck drivers.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, Canada declared international truckers to be essential employees. Many of the principal COVID19-related travel restrictions have been lifted as a result of their status.
Trucking businesses are interested in hiring personnel who can easily relocate between nations. A prospective trucker should check to see if they are eligible to work in Canada. The same is true for truckers who are already employed: a recent infraction can have an impact on future travel.
If you work as a truck driver or are looking for work, you must establish that you are eligible to enter Canada. A criminal record can make it difficult to gain admittance. There are, fortunately, potential remedies.
Inadmissibility to Canada can be caused by a variety of causes. The most common is a criminal history. The type of offence and the sentence received will determine criminal inadmissibility.
The most common offence seen among persons wishing to immigrate to Canada is driving while intoxicated (DUI). This is also known as “driving while inebriated” or “driving while impaired” (DWI).
DUI is taken quite seriously in Canada. Driving under the influence has been punishable by up to ten years in jail starting October 17, 2018. The DUI statute covers alcohol, marijuana, and any other controlled substance.
If a person is convicted of a DUI outside of Canada after that date, they are ineligible to enter Canada due to serious criminality. In theory, this status means the person will be permanently barred from entering Canada.
Due to the seriousness of the crime, other more serious offences, such as a felony in the United States, can pose larger dangers on admission to Canada.
Truck drivers, on the other hand, do have options. The best option will be determined by the circumstances of each individual.
A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) allows a person to enter Canada for a specific period of time. TRPs can last anything from one day to three years. A TRP may be valid for only one or more entries.
A traveller, such as a truck driver, may be able to demonstrate a need to enter Canada on a regular basis. When applying for a TRP, work that needs crossing the border on a regular basis is excellent. As a result of this necessity, applicants will be more likely to acquire a longer permit that allows numerous entrances.
A TRP can be obtained in advance via a Canadian consulate or at a port of entry (POE). Only citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to take the POE route. It is also generally frowned upon by truck drivers.
Being refused admission when transporting products might have a negative impact on future travel to Canada and employment opportunities. The application process at the consulate allows the applicant to get their TRP – or at least discover out if they will get one – ahead of time for a planned trip.
Criminal rehabilitation is a process that allows those who have been criminally barred from entering Canada to re-enter. Eligibility is determined by considerations such as the offence committed, the sentence served, and the amount of time since the sentence was served.
For the purposes of Canadian immigration, rehabilitation expunges your previous criminal record. If you were convicted of a crime in a foreign country and your sentence was completed more than five years ago, you are likely qualified to apply. Rehabilitation will be automatic in some circumstances.
Others, on the other hand, will require you to demonstrate why you deserve it. If you get approval, you won’t need a TRP to get in. Criminal rehabilitation is also a long-term solution: unlike a TRP, it never needs to be renewed.
Another approach is to get a legal opinion letter. A Canadian immigration lawyer can draught a legal opinion letter that includes information about the person’s charge as well as the lawyer’s legal conclusions.
The letter’s goal is to explain why the person should be considered admissible to Canada, as well as to clarify the legal situation, identify hazards, and provide applicable Canadian law.