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Authorization to Return (ARC)

If a removal order was issued against you, you might need an Authorisation to Return before you can be allowed to enter Canada again. The type of removal order that was issued will determine if you need an ARC or not. There are three types of removal order. They are discussed below

Types of removal orders

1. Departure Order (form number IMM 5238)

i. 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.

ii. 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 before you try to enter Canada again.

2. Exclusion Order (form number IMM 1214B)

i. 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.

ii. 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 (form number IMM 5238B)

If you have been the subject of a Deportation Order you will need to apply for an ARC if you ever want to return to Canada

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