Reasons You Could Be Inadmissible to Canada
There are various reasons you could be inadmissible to Canada. While it may seem unlikely, it is even the case sometimes that individuals find that they are inadmissible to Canada, and they had no idea until they tried to enter at the Canadian border. Recognizing that this is the case for many individuals, we have set out to try to explain all the various reasons an individual could become inadmissible to travel. Keep reading to learn more!
Reasons Which Require Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC)
One of the reasons you could be inadmissible to Canada, is because you received a deportation order, or, you received a departure or exclusion order and failed to comply with the conditions.
1. A departure order states you must leave Canada within 30 days of receiving the notice, and on your way out, you must inform an immigration officer that you are leaving and complying with your departure order to receive a certificate of departure. If you comply with the order you will not be inadmissible to Canada, though, failing to comply turns it into a deportation order immediately.
2. An exclusion order is essentially the same as a departure order, with the added condition that you must remain outside of Canada for a minimum of 12 months. If you comply with all the conditions of the order, you are not inadmissible to Canada in the future. Though, failing to comply with the conditions of your order, say, for example, you do not get a certificate of departure as you leave, or, you wish to enter Canada again before the 12 month period is up, will result in you needing authorization to return to Canada before you are permitted to enter the country.
3. If you receive a deportation order, you must leave the country immediately. Unfortunately, you are also always going to be an inadmissible traveler going forward, and will need authorization to return to Canada.
Reasons Which Require a Temporary Resident Permit
You can be denied entry into Canada because you are not financially stable enough to support your stay in Canada, and the immigration officer reviewing your file is concerned you will either require support from social services, or, not be able to return to your country of origin at the end of your authorized stay. To prove that you have sufficient funds, you can show bank statements, proof that you have a steady job, etc.
Unfortunately, some health issues will leave you inadmissible to Canada, as there is reason to believe that you will put undue pressure on the Canadian social services and health care system. One can overcome this by proving they have an alternate plan for private medical care and expenses to cover their stay, to avoid putting undue pressure on the public services. Nevertheless, it is good to be aware ahead of time, if a chronic medical issue will render you otherwise inadmissible to Canada.
Misrepresentation or Incomplete Application
This is a very serious issue to Canadian immigration services, as they must be sure everyone is represented completely truthfully, to be able to permit them to enter the country without putting Canadians at risk. Therefore, failure to disclose everything necessary on your application, or, misrepresenting yourself in some way, will result in you becoming inadmissible to Canada for the future. It is very important to be completely accurate and truthful on any application you submit to Canadian immigration services, as inadmissibility due to misrepresentation is very difficult to overcome, because immigration officers have no way of determining if the individual is being truthful at that time.
Inadmissible Due to Security Reasons or Previous Human Rights Violations
If you have been accused or charged with any crime against the security of any country, or, have been accused of committing war crimes or human rights violations, you will absolutely be inadmissible to Canada. As with anyone, you have the right to apply for a temporary resident permit to overcome this inadmissibility, though, it is important to know granting a temporary resident permit is completely at the discretion of the officer.
Inadmissible Family Member
If you have an inadmissible family member, you may yourself be inadmissible to Canada. In the event an individual is travelling with their inadmissible family member, it is important to know, they will also need their own temporary resident permit to be permitted to enter the country.
Other reasons that can raise a concern for Immigration are failures to comply with any provision within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and/or having an inadmissible family member.
Reasons Which Can be Solved with a Temporary Resident Permit, or Criminal Rehabilitation
Inadmissible Due to Criminal History
Criminal inadmissibility issues can be both minor, and major. If you have been convicted of 2 or less offenses which are equivalent to a summary offense under Canadian law, your criminal inadmissibility will be considered minor. Where on the other hand, if you have been convicted of a felony, or your crime equates to a indictable offense under Canadian law, your criminal inadmissibility will be considered serious. Regardless, you have the options of applying for a temporary resident permit to temporarily overcome your inadmissibility. Or, you could apply for criminal rehabilitation and permanently overcome your inadmissibility. Whether you are eligible to apply for criminal rehabilitation is entirely dependent on the length of time that has passed, and the crimes you are inadmissible for in the first place. It is important to know if you are convicted of a crime which carries a minimum of a 10 year sentence in Canada, you will never be eligible to apply for criminal rehabilitation.
Contact Akrami and Associates
It is essential that you have taken all of the aforementioned requirements and documentation into consideration before you attempt to apply for any of the applications to resolve your inadmissibility. These applications are difficult applications to pursue on your own and it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to submit the application. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients that have criminal inadmissibility apply for these applications to resolve their inadmissibility. If you believe that you may be eligible, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office 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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