I live in Los Angeles, California and I heard many wonderful things about Montreal and how it is the Paris of Canada. Two summers ago, I made plans to fly out to Montreal and to my surprise I was turned around on the next flight home. What I didn’t know is that my simple misdemeanor I had, cost me my trip. Needless to say I was furious, after all, it was minor and I didn’t think it was such a big deal. Plus, I lost money, couldn’t get any refund.
But I still wanted to travel to Montreal, it was on my bucket list after hearing and reading everything about it. And being a jazz lover, I wanted to visit during the International Jazz Festival which occurs every summer there. But now faced with the issue of having been denied entry. So I started doing some research on the internet. The process seemed mind boggling to me, it looked like it involved a lot of documents and so forth. Since I already lost a lot of money, I didn’t want to do this on my own and risk losing my money again. I decided to hire a lawyer after doing so much research, nowadays everything is available online. I found a law firm in Montreal, JTM Immigration, and they were able to explain everything to me in details which matched up to a lot of what I had learned already online.
Anyhow, to make a long story short, it took a few months and I was finally able to get a temporary resident permit for my travel. This permit allows you to enter the country for a limited time and it’s completely up to the Canadian government whether to give you this permit or not. I was very fortunate because even though I just had the one DUI on my record, apparently my reason wasn’t strong enough (a leisure trip as opposed to a business trip which is a stronger reason), but a TRP was still granted to me. The firm I hired was impressive and have good reviews. Thanks to them, I was able to have an amazing time in Montreal last summer and it was worth every bit of trouble I had to go through. I am writing this article because now a friend of mine is faced with the same issue, and I realized this is a problem that apparently many experience and I just wanted to put my experience out there to help someone else. I do recommend not to do it on your own though, find a good immigration firm to do it. It’s worth it at the end.