Ministerial Relief for Inadmissibility to Canada
Janet, a US citizen, grew up in a troubled family. They lived in an unprivileged neighbourhood in Los Angeles. Janet joined a gang at the age of fifteen. Thus, she engaged in burglary and drug trafficking. Janet eventually ended up in prison at the age of seventeen. However, she got released two years later and started a crime-free life. Consequently, she is an educated 28-year-old lady nowadays. Janet applied for immigration to Canada three years ago. However, she realized she was inadmissible to Canada because of Organized Criminality. Nonetheless, her lawyer says they could request Ministerial Relief to remove her inadmissibility to Canada.
If you are inadmissible to Canada, you may not immigrate to Canada. You may not even travel to Canada. Depending on the nature of the inadmissibility, you could resolve this issue. This article covers one of those options. Of course, if you are not familiar with the reasons for inadmissibility read the following article first:
Who needs to apply for the Ministerial Relief to concur inadmissibility to Canada?
You may not resolve every admissibility issue. However, sometimes you could resolve inadmissibility through one of the following options:
- Rehabilitation or deemed rehabilitation for specific criminal issues
- Record suspension for criminal convictions in Canada
- A Humanitarian and Compassionate application
None of the above options are available to the following issues:
- Security reasons under section 34 of IRPA
- Human rights violations under section 35 of IRPA
- Organized criminality under section 37 of IRPA
However, you could apply for Ministerial Relief if you are inadmissible for any of these reasons.
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What is Ministerial Relief?
Simply put, you ask the Minister, and if he or she agrees with your request, you become admissible to Canada. Of course, the Minister in charge is the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. However, before submitting the request, consider the following:
- Minister does not delegate this task to other officials. In other words, expect significant wait times.
- Don’t take this task lightly. You must submit a comprehensive package.
- You may not request relief if the inadmissibility is because of paragraph 35(1)(a) of IRPA. Consequently, there will be no permanent admissibility solutions for war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity. Regardless, a TRP is still on the table for temporary relief.
The process of requesting Ministerial Relief for inadmissibility to Canada
As mentioned earlier, the Minister decides on such requests. Nonetheless, you need to apply to the Ministerial Relief Unit (MRU). They review the forms and documents and then make recommendations to the Minister. Of course, they could communicate with you directly or through a local visa office, interview you or ask for more materials. Regardless, the final decision is by the Minister, not anyone else. The following chart shows a typical process.
Of course, the actual process could vary due to personal circumstances.
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Document checklist and forms for the Ministerial Relief
There is no specific document checklist. However, you need to offer a complete set of documents to cover the following issues:
- Your personal information
- The reasons and circumstances that led to your inadmissibility
- A history of all your previous efforts to resolve the matter
- Documents that show you deserve the exemption
- A comprehensive cover letter that binds all the submitted material together
If the documents are not in the English or French languages, you must officially translate them to either. Of course, you also need to include the completed form BSF766 in the package. Needless to say, if you are hiring a professional, you must include a signed copy of form IMM5476.
Where to send the Ministerial Relief package
You could email the package to Ministerial_Relief.Exemptions_Ministerielles@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. Alternatively, mail it to:
Ministerial Relief Unit (MRU) Canada Border Services Agency 100 Metcalfe Street, 10th floor Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8
We’ll do our best to keep this information up-to-date. However, the contact information of MRU could change at any time.
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Some points about inadmissibility relief by the Minister
Keep in mind that Ministerial Relief for inadmissibility to Canada is only for exceptional cases. Consequently, it could be prone to refusals. It could also be a time-consuming and costly process. However, if you believe you deserve it and have exhausted all other options, then go for it. Nonetheless, if you intend to stay in Canada temporarily, then you probably need to apply for a TRP.
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