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Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Inadmissibility Issues Other than Criminality

Other Inadmissibility Issues Apart from Criminality

When a foreign national attempts to enter Canada, they must ensure that they do not have any inadmissibility issues. If they do have inadmissibility, unfortunately, they will be denied entry into Canada. Inadmissibility issues come in different forms other than criminality. Additionally, if a foreign national has an inadmissibility issue that does not involve criminality, it is important to determine why they have become inadmissible. In this blog, you will learn about different inadmissibility issues other than criminality that a foreign national can incur.

Different Inadmissibility Issues

If a foreign national has any of the following issues, they will be deemed inadmissible to Canada and must then obtain the proper authorization to re-enter or return to Canada.

Health Reasons

In both temporary and permanent immigration applications, medical examinations are required in order to determine whether the foreign national is medically healthy and will not pose a risk to Canadian society. These medical examinations usually consist of physical examinations, blood tests, urine tests, and possibly x-rays, depending if you need one. Additionally, a foreign national’s previous medical records and their mental state can also be examined if required. With regards to inadmissibility due to health reasons, a foreign national can be denied entry into Canada if their condition could potentially endanger or threaten the health and/or safety of Canadian society; or, if their entry and stay in Canada may cause an excessive demand on social or health services provided by the Canadian government. An Immigration officer must determine whether a foreign national is medically inadmissible by considering a variety of factors, such as the nature, severity and duration of the medical condition. Specifically, the Immigration officer must determine the endangerment of contamination; the unexpected or unpredictable behavior or circumstances that may cause a risk to public safety; and the supply of social and health services that may be needed for the foreign national.

Financial Reasons

When travelling to Canada, it is essential that all foreign nationals have a sufficient amount of funds to ensure they can adequately enter and leave the country when visiting. If they cannot prove they have sufficient funds, by showing their bank statements or assets for instance, they may be denied entry into Canada based on financial inadmissibility issues. Keep in mind, there is not a set amount of funds that is required. In other words, the Canadian government has not provided a dollar amount for the funds you need. However, depending on how and who you are travelling with, this should determine how much funds you should bring with you. For instance, travelling alone would require less funds compared to travelling with a large family.

Security Reasons

The safety of Canadian citizens and permanent residents is a constant concern for all Immigration officers. When examining whether a foreign national should be permitted entry into Canada, they analyze whether they pose a security threat to the country. If a foreign national is deemed with inadmissibility for security reasons, this can be because of violence or terrorism; subversion; espionage; or membership in an organization involved in any of the aforementioned security issues. Canadian Immigration takes security threats very seriously and will not allow individuals who have these kinds of offences on their record to come into the country.

Human and/or International Rights Violations

Canada is a country that highly values equality and human rights for all. Therefore, if a foreign national is deemed inadmissible due to human and/or international rights violations, this is regarded as a very serious reason for inadmissibility. Thus, they will be denied entry into the country. For example, if a foreign national has participated in crimes against humanity, war crimes, or if they are a senior official in a government that is subject to international sanctions, however, actively participates in gross human rights violations, they will without a doubt be denied entry into Canada. Any human or international rights violations are treated very seriously.

Misrepresentation and/or Fraud

Misrepresentation has become a very serious problem for Canadian Immigration. Often times, foreign nationals decide to misrepresent themselves, either intentionally or unintentionally, for the purpose of the possibility of obtaining entry into Canada. However, this can cause severe consequences for the foreign national in the future as misrepresentation is a serious offence that will remain on their record. Furthermore, in order to understand what misrepresentation entails, it includes providing or submitting false, inaccurate, inconsistent or incomplete information to Canadian Immigration. Another circumstance that can be considered misrepresentation is omitting information from Immigration. By providing false information or not providing the information at all, this can ultimately affect the decision made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). The Immigration officer has the discretion whether to forewarn the foreign national about the possibility of misrepresentation on their application or they can advise the foreign national that the application is misrepresentation and then further consequences will result. Thus, misrepresentation or fraudulent activity that a foreign national participates in will result in inadmissibility to Canada. In most cases of misrepresentation, Canadian Immigration will ban the foreign national from returning to Canada for a minimum of five years.

Contact Akrami & Associates

As previously mentioned, Canadian government is very strict when it comes to assessing foreign travelers’ inadmissibility. In order to overcome your inadmissibility, you will need to prepare for the correct documents. However, having to prepare all the required documents can very confusing and exhausting. It is also essential to note that this type of application is difficult to pursue on your own. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help prior to submitting the application. Akrami & Associates work and have experience with many different immigration matters. We have helped many of our clients overcome their inadmissibility. Please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at 416-477-2545 for more information, or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.

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