Authorization to Return to Canada

If you have been the subject of a removal order from Canada, you will probably need an Authorization to Return to Canada(ARC).

Bon Voyage Immigration Services can help you demonstrate compelling reasons and underlying issues that necessitates an ARC.

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If you have been the subject of a removal order from Canada you will probably need an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC) if you want to return. Whether you need one depends on the type of removal order that was issued

52.(1) If a removal order has been enforced, the foreign national shall not return to Canada, unless authorized by an officer or in other prescribed circumstances.

Types of Removal Orders

  • Departure Order
    • An ARC is not required
    • Failure to leave Canada within 30 days or failure to verify their departure will make the Departure Order become a deportation order and an ARC is required
  • Exclusion Order
    • 1-year ban for regular exclusion
    • 5-year ban for Misrepresentation
  • Deportation Order:
    • An ARC is required
  • Security Certificate
    • An ARC is required

Over-Arching Principles

  • For cases where an officer considers the issuance to be justifiable based on the facts of the case
  • Applicants must demonstrate:
    • Compelling reasons to consider an ARC when weighed against the circumstances that necessitated the issuance of a removal order
    • They pose a minimal risk to Canadians and to Canadian society
    • Merely meeting eligibility requirements for the issuance of a visa is not sufficient to grant an ARC
  • When officers assess applications, they will consider, among other things:
    • The severity of IRPA violation that led to the removal order
    • The applicant’s history of cooperation with CIC
      • Previous immigration warrants
      • Failure to appear for a hearing/removal
      • Failure to pay for removal costs
    • The reasons for the applicant’s request to return to Canada
      • Exceptional circumstances or compelling reasons why you want to enter Canada
      • Best interests of the children
      • Financial independence
      • Length of time since the order was issued
      • Length of intended stay in Canada
      • Tangible/intangible benefits that accrue to Canada/person concerned
    • An ARC can be granted for:
      • Permanent Resident
      • A one-time visit
      • Occasional entries for a specified purpose over a prescribed period

At Bon Voyage Immigration Services Corp., we assist you with compiling evidence of compliance, addressing the underlying issues and reinforcing mitigating/compelling circumstances. For more information on ARC applications, contact us today!