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Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Common Myths about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

Misconceptions about Criminal Inadmissibility to Canada

An individual may be inadmissible to Canada due to a variety of reasons; one of the most common types of inadmissibility is criminal inadmissibility. While entering Canada with a criminal record is possible, there are many misconceptions that need to be dispelled. In this blog, you will learn about common myths about criminal inadmissibility to Canada, so that you may be better prepared prior to coming to Canada with a criminal record.

I have been allowed into Canada in the Past

Often times, foreign travelers assume that they will be admissible if they were admitted to Canada with a criminal record before.  Unfortunately, this is not always true. Whether or not you are inadmissible is at the discretion Canadian immigration officers. That being said, while a previous officer might have deemed you admissible, another office may not do the same. Anyone with just a minor offence on their record, or who has had any interaction with the criminal justice system, stands a chance of being denied entry to Canada.

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Will I be Denied Entry to Canada with a Criminal Record

Will I be Denied Entry to Canada with a Criminal Record

Denied entry into Canada with an Criminal Record

The Canada Border Service Agency has very strict health and safety regulations when it comes to who can enter Canada. One reason why you may be denied entry is due to ‘criminal inadmissibility’. If you have ever committed or been convicted of a crime, whether it is a minor or serious offence, you could be denied entry into Canada. For many this may come as a shock, especially as your crime may have been a minor offence for which no jail time was sentenced that occurred over 20 years ago; even a situation such as this can render you inadmissible.

Whether you are unsure if you are going to be denied entry, or if you have already been denied entry into Canada because of your criminal history, you may still be able to overcome your criminal inadmissibility, and enter Canada. Understanding what makes you inadmissible, and the options for how to overcome this can help you determine which option is best for you.

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