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Eight (8) Common Reasons You May Be Inadmissible To Canada

You could be inadmissible to Canada if you are found ineligible by border officials. A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you apply for a visa or when you arrive at a port of entry.

If you are found inadmissible to Canada, you will be denied a visa or refused entry to, or deported from Canada.

The condition of being ineligible for entry into a country is called inadmissibility. In Canada, there a two main types: medical inadmissibility and criminal inadmissibility. Aside from these two main types, there are other reasons as well.

Criminal Inadmissibility – Even little or very old offenses are taken very seriously by Canadian immigration officials. This is true even if the offenses occurred in countries outside of Canada. Having a criminal record is the major reason for being denied entry into the country.

Here are the eight (8) most common reasons you could be inadmissible to Canada and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

1. Past Criminal Conviction

You may be denied entry to Canada if you have been convicted of a crime. It could be a minor and serious crime that is illegal in the country where the crime was committed and in Canada. Examples include theft, manslaughter, drug possession, assault, reckless driving driving under the influence, and resisting arrest.

2. Human rights violations

If you on one time or several occasions found to have violated human rights, you could be denied entry to Canada. These include war crimes, crimes against humanity, or being a senior government official that has been internationally sanctioned or is liable for gross human rights violations.

3. Involved in organized crime

Proof of past or present involvement with a mafia, gang, terrorist group, or other organized crime group is ground for being denied entry to Canada.

4. Endangerment to Public Health or Safety

During the assessment, the immigration officer will consider the communicability of any disease an individual has as well as the potential impact of that disease on the health and safety of the Canadian public. For instance, you may be refused entry if you have influenza, hepatitis, measles, or other communicable diseases.

Non-communicable diseases such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia which may be associated with the risk of irrational or violent behavior are also grounds for medical inadmissibility.

5. Potential to Cause Excessive Demands on Health or Social Services

Medical inadmissibility can be categorized as excessive demand. A person can be denied entry if they are deemed to have a condition or ailment whose treatment could create a drain on the Canadian healthcare system. Of course, Spouses or partners of Canadian sponsors are exempted from the excessive demand clause.

In some cases, your lawyer can help you apply for humanitarian and compassionate discretion (H&C) which takes into account public policies and the interests of directly affected minor children.

6. Financial Reasons

This results from your inability to prove your ability to cater for yourself and your family financially. If you cannot convincingly prove that you have a meaningful income from entrepreneurship, skilled work, or investments, you may be considered a burden to the Canadian government and denied entry to Canada as a result.

7. Misrepresentation

This includes keeping away material facts that would prevent the enforcement of Canadian immigration laws as outlined by IRPA or falsifying said information.

For instance, if you are looking for immigration sponsorship from a Canadian citizen and forge their signature on your application, you are guilty of misrepresentation.

The same is true if you change your marital status or falsify your age to immigrate to Canada under a certain class. Misrepresentation is taken very seriously in Canada and can result in a two-year ban from the country or jail time. An immigration lawyer can help you overcome this decision based on the facts of your case.

8. Possible Overstays

You may be inadmissible to Canada if the border official suspects that you will overstay your visit or if they have evidence that you have done so in the past.

For example, if you went to college in Canada and stayed in the country beyond the expiration of your student visa, you may be inadmissible to Canada. In this case, you will need an ARC.

Keep in mind that this article is for reference and is not intended to assess inadmissibility. Your inadmissibility must be determined by Canadian immigration authorities upon your arrival at a port of entry.