Immigration and criminality: the impact of a criminal record for foreigners or permanent residents

Certain clients of Xavier Cormier, a criminal defense lawyer, are foreign citizens. Some of them are permanent residents waiting for their Canadian citizenship, while others are foreign students or refugee claimants.What are the consequences of a criminal conviction for these people? What would be the impact of a criminal record on their residence permit or their citizenship application?This issue, which relates both to criminal and immigration law, is partly resolved

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Two clients charged with violations of the Immigration Act receive absolute discharges

The Cormier Simard criminal law firm was representing two clients charged with attempting to enter Canada fraudulently in contravention of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Sections 18, 124 and 131 of the Act). Mr. Cormier discussed with the Prosecutor and explained his clients’ situation. The latter had to avoid having criminal records in order to be able to enter Canada once again. The Judge agreed to the lawyers’ suggestion

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