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) if you want to return. Whether you need one depends on the type of removal order that was issued.
Types of removal orders:
1. Departure Order
a) If you received a Departure Order and left Canada within the required 30 days and verified your departure with a Canadian immigration officer at the port of exit you do not need an ARC. You may return to Canada subject to normal examination at the port of entry.
b) If you left the country without verifying your departure, or more than 30 days after the Departure Order was issued, the Departure Order automatically becomes a Deportation Order and you need to apply for an ARC.
2. Exclusion Order
a) If you were issued an Exclusion Order and 12 months have passed since you left Canada and you have a Certificate of Departure (IMM 0056B) showing the date you left Canada you do not need an ARC. You may return to Canada subject to normal examination at the port of entry.
b) If you wish to return to Canada less than 12 months after the Exclusion Order was issued, or do not have a Certificate of Departure, you need to apply for an ARC.
3. Deportation Order
If you have been the subject of a Deportation Order you will need to apply for an ARC.
When an officer assesses your application, they will consider, among other things:
- the reasons for the removal order
- the possibility that you will repeat the behaviour that caused the order to be issued
- the length of time since the order was issued
- your current situation
- the reason why you want to enter Canada.
An incomplete or illegible application will be returned without being processed.
There is no guarantee that you will be issued an Authorization to Return to Canada.
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