Why are people denied entry to Canada?

A Saskatchewan newspaper called the Estevan Mercury has compiled a load of information from the Canada Border Services Agency on many different individuals who were denied entry to Canada in late 2012. Canadian Visa Applications

It is interesting to see all of the different “everyday” reasons that people are denied to Canada, no matter who they are or where they are coming from.

Everyday reasons for being denied entry to Canada from the US

In one case, a man said he was coming to Canada to look for work, but had a long list of criminal convictions including a DUI charge and a drug possession charge, resulting in his being denied entry to Canada. Another US man wanted to get to Alaska and needed to pass through Canada, but he too had a long criminal record and was also denied entry while being told how to get to Alaska without having to go to Canada.

Another man was visiting Canada for three months, mentioned that he would like to work in Canada but had no ties to the United States – no address, and no job. In addition to being denied entry for a criminal record, he was also denied entry for being a non-genuine visitor.

A woman tried to enter Canada through the North Portal border checkpoint and stated she wanted to make a refugee claim, but it was discovered she had already been deported from Canada. She was denied entry to Canada as well.

As you can see, average people are denied entry to Canada for a number of reasons everyday. Previous immigration law violations, criminal records and trying to bring prohibited items into the country are just some of the reasons the Canada Border Services Agency is kept so busy.

The entire article is available here and makes for an interesting read.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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