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Inadmissibility

Being inadmissible to Canada could include reasons such as a criminal conviction, medical-related situation, financial reasoning, or misrepresentation when applying for your visa. While some situations may permanently prevent you from entering the country, there are times the inadmissible ruling can be overturned.

If IRCC has deemed you inadmissible to Canada, we encourage you to contact Canadian Immigration Group online, or by telephone at (780) 444-2844 or toll-free at (855) 944-2844 to schedule a consultation today.

Understanding Inadmissibility

There are strict background and security checks conducted when you apply for entry into Canada. A criminal conviction can weigh heavily on the decision of your application.

Some convictions that may deem a person inadmissible to Canada include the following:

  • DUI (including DWI, DWAI, and reckless driving)
  • Drug possession and/or trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing or cultivation
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault, battery, and aggravated assault
  • Weapons violations
  • Property crimes
  • Indecent exposure
  • Failure to appear
  • Cyberbullying
  • Breaking and entering
  • Identity theft
  • Resisting arrest
  • Child endangerment

While this list of offences may seem extensive, this is just a small example of convictions that may prevent you from being granted entry into Canada. It is important to ensure that any criminal convictions or charges are disclosed on your application forms before travelling. It is a crime in most foreign countries for an individual to travel with a criminal record and can bring about extensive fines and even imprisonment.

Your request to enter Canada may also be denied if you are considered to pose a security risk to Canada and its citizens. Some examples of acts or events that may be used against you include:

  • Espionage convictions
  • Subversion or other types of acts that were designed to overthrow a government
  • Acts of violence or terrorism
  • Membership in an organization involved in any of the above-listed acts
  • War crimes
  • Humanitarian crimes

The Canadian government views certain medical-related conditions as a danger to the public. If you have a medical condition that is a public health and/or safety concern, or if you require medical treatment that causes excessive demand on the health or social services of Canada, you may be found inadmissible.

If you can prove that you can financially fund your own treatment or are seeking treatment only offered in Canada, your case may be viewed as an exception.

Overcoming Inadmissibility

Depending on the conviction, you may have options to overcome your inadmissibility.  Rehabilitation applications are available to prove that you are a changed person and that you would not commit an offence that would constitute an act of crime within Canada.

  • You are deemed rehabilitated: at least ten years after completion of the sentence imposed.
  • You are eligible to apply for rehabilitation: five (5) years after completion of the sentence imposed.

This includes deemed rehabilitation and individual rehabilitation.

To get a better understanding of your rights and responsibilities under each of the rehabilitation options for criminal inadmissibility, contact Canadian Immigration Group. We will help you determine the route that will best serve your needs.

If you have a criminal conviction or medical issues, contact our office before applying to come to Canada.


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