Denied Entry To Canada

by | Jul 9, 2020

If you’ve applied to come to Canada and your application has been refused, it is possible that that refusal might have been based on what’s known as an inadmissibility. An inadmissibility is simply a decision by the Canadian immigration authorities to not admit you into Canada, based on a very specific reason. These very specific reasons are referred to as inadmissibilities.

Types of Inadmissibility

There are different kinds of inadmissibility. One of the most commonly known inadmissibility is a criminal inadmissibility. Persons who’ve been found to have carried out certain types of crimes while they were outside Canada are automatically rendered to be have a denied entry to Canada, and will have their applications to enter Canada denied. This is unless they’re able to show that they’ve been able to overcome this inadmissibility. 

One of the reasons that a person can be found inadmissible to Canada  is on security reasons. Persons who were involved at the governmental level internationally outside of Canada, in matters pertaining to espionage, or persons who’ve been involved in political attempts to overthrow a government outside of Canada, then that automatically will render you inadmissible to Canada..

Similarly, if you were involved in any kinds of international human rights violations, such as war crimes or crimes against humanity, or you were a part of a government that was involved in any of these acts or atrocities, then you are likely going to be found to be inadmissible as well. 

Serious Crimes

One of the more common reasons for persons to be found to be inadmissible to Canada, occurs where  a person has committed certain kinds of serious criminal acts outside of Canada. Thisincludes riving Under The Influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI).

And so if you are a US national, who is looking to come to Canada, and you have a DUI conviction, you will likely be found to be inadmissible to Canada, on grounds of having committed a serious crime outside Canada.

Medical Inadmissibility

Another reason you may be denied entry to Canada is because of medical factors. If you have a medical condition that the authorities believe could pose a danger to public health or could endanger public safety, then you may be medically inadmissible. You may also be impacted if  the immigration authorities decided that the cost of treating the condition will result in an excessive demand being placed on Canada’s healthcare services and social services. 


Another reason for being found inadmissible to Canada is that of misrepresentation. This will likely impact persons who might have misstated information in a previous immigration application, and that misrepresentation has subsequently been discovered. , then that could lead to the person being found inadmissible to Canada as well. 

This is not a complete listing of all the possible grounds on which you may be found inadmissible to Canada.

How To Avoid Being Found Inadmissible

If you’ve been found to be inadmissible to Canada, there are a number of options that may be available depending on the extent of the inadmissibility. One of the ways in which an inadmissibility may be overcome is if a significant enough amount of time has passed since the conviction, and you’ve been found to be “Deemed Rehabilitated.” Typically it requires that at least 10 years have passed. And also this is only possible where the criminal matter isn’t of a serious nature.

Similarly, you have the option of applying for something that’s called rehabilitation. Rehabilitation means that the issue for which you would have initially been found in inadmissible will no longer be a factor. Perhaps the most common ways of getting over the issue of an inadmissibility is by applying for what’s called a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). 

A TRP is a different thing from a work permit. That TRP allows you the limited entry and access to Canada, and they’re issued only in situations where an officer is convinced that the reason for your visit to Canada outweighs any threat or risk you may pose to the Canadian public and the Canadian population in general.  

Another option happens where there’s been a record suspension, which is also known as a pardon. If you’ve been issued a record suspension, then that may be something that could be used to help overcome a finding of inadmissibility. 

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Ultimately, these are going to be very complex applications that require supporting documentation and supporting legal arguments to allow for an officer to allow you enter into Canada after your application has been denied.

Let us help you put together the strongest possible application.

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