Reasons to be Denied Entry to Canada

There are many reasons a refusal of entry to Canada would be made. Some of these grounds include past criminal offences, health risks to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, lack of financial resources or inconsistent documentation presented at the boarder.

There are many ways to bypass inadmissibility at the border:

  • Temporary Resident Permit (depending on the country of origin)
  • Be Deemed Rehabilitated
  • Apply for Individual Rehabilitation
  • Record Suspension

An assessment is conducted by an Immigration officer on whether the past criminality can be equated into Canadian law, which would be the Canadian Criminal Code or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

You may be denied entry to Canada due to one of the following:

1. Security Grounds

  • An officer has reasonable grounds to believe the foreigner is engaging, will engage or has engaged in acts which breach security
  • Involvement in an organization that would harm others, including violence or terrorism
  • History of human or international rights violations
  • Spying or gathering information for the benefit of the country of origin

2. Criminal Grounds

  • A conviction outside Canada must be equivalent to an offence in Canada may be subject to inadmissibility
    • Under an Act of Parliament, constitute an indictable offence, or two offences not arising out of a single occurrence
  • Common convictions that will likely impair an individual from entering into Canada include: impaired driving convictions, reckless or dangerous driving, common assault, street racing, resist a police officer, any drug related offences and theft or fraud

3. Health Grounds

  • Every foreign national upon entry into Canada requires a medical certificate; indicating they are not inadmissible on health grounds base don the last medical examination (previous 12 months)
  • Any health conditions that is likely to cause or endanger health and safety of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • A health condition that, if treated, will excessively burden Canadian health or social services

4. Financial Grounds

  • There is a lack of resources to provide for yourself and your family members
  • Must satisfy an officer that sufficient arrangements for care and support are in place, which does not involve any social assistance.

5. Misrepresentation

  • Any material facts related to a current application which is either withheld or misrepresented, is grounds for inadmissibility into Canada
    • Providing false information or withholding information
    • Fraudulent documentation

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