I'm not sure if this is the right place for this tread but here goes. My boyfriend is coming in August to visit me in canada. He has a spent record in the UK. I'm worried that he wont be allowed into canada even though its been over 12 yrs since his offence. He says his conviction is spent so there shouldnt be a problem. Is this true?
I'm not sure what kinds of questions they ask at customs. Im planning on meeting him at the airport upon his arrival. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
With immigration, always be 100% honest with them. Lie and they may not let you in.
He could contact the Canadian embassy in London.
Here are my tips (advice) to you.
1.When it comes to immigration, be honest! Lying doesn't help and the likelihood that they will let him in, if he doesn't lie, is much, much bigger than when he lies.
2.Speak logically! If you get stopped by immigration, you will be probably a bit nervous. Calm down and make sure that your story sounds logical!
3.Before your (his) trip call the embassy and ask if any special documentation is needed.
4. You as his girlfriend : be on time at the airport! If he is pulled aside from the immigration, they might ask you as well a few questions. Be ready to answer questions ab your relationship, his stay in Canada (how long, why, what are you going to do) and what he has changed (why he is now a better person), why should they let him in. Also make sure your BF can answer all those questions.
5. In the airport he should act normally and calmly; they will suspect him immediately if he acts nervously or uncertainly.
Don't worry too much! Hope everything will be fine!
Thanks for the help and advice.
I'll respectfully disagree with Love_Travelling and say that, 1.) depending on nationality and 2.) what passport you're carrying plus 3.) what was the nature of the conviction and 4.) how long ago it happened... that lying is precisely the correct action under certain circumstances.
That said, no one can offer an opinion when you give no clue whatsoever about any details regarding your boyfriend or his conviction.
There is an enormous pile of misinformation and uninformed opinions in this massive thread, but if you can wade through all the crap there's lots of good info here. Start reading at Reply #22.
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jul-2013, at 13:25 by CheersT ]
Thanks Terry. He is British and Iam Canadian. He's coming to visit me. We will be going to Toronto to see the falls and a few other things. We are both in our late 40's. His conviction was over 12 yrs ago and it had to do with a drug charge. Will there be a red flag come up at customs even though his conviction is spent. Does he need to get a letter saying its spent from the Embassy? i have no clue.
In my opinion forget it ever happened. Wipe it from your memory banks completely. Enjoy your holiday in Canada.
So in what you said in #22 point #1. Does the UK share info about a record with Canada? Im wondering if he should get a letter from the High Commission ( http://www.bouzanethomas.com/CriminalRehabLetter.pdf) before he travels. Or like you said just forget about it. Just not sure how long it will take
That letter would give you peace of mind, no clue how long it would take...
[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jul-2013, at 08:01 by CheersT ]
"... Canada is a very forgiving country and are always willing to give people a second chance so as long as they have not committed a serious criminal offence..."
That is absolute 100% bullshit. If you're in a US criminal database under some circumstances one simple DUI from years ago is enough to get you refused entry at the border (or deported, if at an airport.)