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4 Surprising Reasons You’ll Be Denied Entry to Canada

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Espionage, terrorism, and crimes against humanity seem like obvious reasons you’ve been denied entry to Canada. And many of Canada’s reasons for inadmissibility, as outlined on the government of Canada’s website, are very straightforward. But some can come as a surprise to those who don’t know all of the rules.

Here are 3 surprising things that could cause you to be denied entry to Canada:

1. Just Visiting

Since not everyone has to get one, you may not realise that you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa to enter Canada temporarily. This has become especially significant recently, as a new entry requirement requires most visa-exempt foreign nationals to have an eTA. But depending on where you are coming from, you may need one of these documents even if you are just coming to Canada for a short trip.

The government of Canada has a list of the countries whose citizens require either an eTA or a visa to visit the country. This is a case-specific issue that can be remedied by getting one of the required documents. The next two circumstances can be more complex.

2.  The Company You Keep

In some circumstances, you don’t have to be the one who is inadmissible. The government of Canada’s website explains that sometimes it’s enough to be travelling with someone who isn’t admissible or to have an inadmissible family member–they may not even need to be with you to prevent you from entering the country. Since you probably do not know the full criminal, social, and medical history of your entire family or the people you travel with, denial by proxy can be surprising and confusing.

3. Minor Criminal History

While serious crimes could seem like clear causes for concern, a youthful marijuana charge or something similar could be an unexpected barrier to entry. If you were 18 or older when you were convicted, even a minor offense could pose a problem. “[H]aving been convicted of a crime” is on the Canadian government’s list of reasons for inadmissibility and could result in you being “denied a visa, or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), refused entry to, or removed from Canada.”

4. Every Little Thing: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) Violations

Even bending the rules can put entry into Canada or your status in jeopardy. It can understandably not seem like such a big deal at the time to add a few extra days to your trip or work a little part-time to support yourself while you are here, but even small violations of the rules can cause big problems. These violations can make your activities in general seem suspicious or indicate a potential for bigger problems down the road, even if you meant no harm. And if you’re trying to return to Canada, that unplanned day trip to Niagara on the Lake could prove not to be worth it.

What Are Your Options if You Are Deemed Inadmissible?

If you are denied entry to Canada because of inadmissibility, there are things you can do. Your next steps will depend on several factors, including the proposed length of your stay and the severity and complexity of the cause for your inadmissibility. Criminal inadmissibility can sometimes be overcome if you can be deemed rehabilitated or you succeed in applying for individual rehabilitation.

You may also be able to enter Canada with a temporary resident permit. In some cases, you may require an ARC (Authorization to Return to Canada). According to the Canadian government’s guide to ARCs, whether you need one depends on the type of removal order you’ve received.

An immigration legal professional could also be valuable in helping you determine the best route to future admissibility. Just as the reasons you were deemed inadmissible might have been surprising, you may encounter unexpected roadblocks along the way to gaining admissibility. An immigration legal professional can give you  a better idea of your chances of entering the country and help you navigate the path to admissibility.

Their assistance could range from dealing with paperwork to plotting out a step-by-step process for changing your status. Every situation is unique, and in some circumstance, the knowledge an immigration legal professional has of the law and the system surroundings it could prove to be priceless.

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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

12 thoughts on “4 Surprising Reasons You’ll Be Denied Entry to Canada

  1. Jennifer Horvath

    Hey i have denied entry to canada twice. I would really need to get some information or help how could i do it. Im 20years old my husband is 25 we would like to go study and work there.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jennifer. Being denied at the border is a serious matter that will stay on your permanent record. You must seek out some help to rectify the situation and see what is causing the problem each time. A study visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your studies are complete. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you and your husband. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. Sara

    My got deported after being here at a young age . He was deemed inadmissible after several charges. He has three young children and one more on the way. He got married to someone that doesn’t have a job and not sure if she will get one. Am paying for his Pardon so he will be able to come back into the country . What can I do now to help him faster. Please help me.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sara. If you want to explore all the options, I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for your friend. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  3. Stephen Jackson

    Hi Michael
    I’m currently in Edmonton and awaiting my second lmia.
    Is there any way we could talk please ?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Stephen. Yes, you can contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  4. jasvinder singh

    I’m to appear for my exams with Medical council of Canada, will you help me in getting the visa ?.I will be coming in December or should I write this examination from the USA?.Previously Canada issued my visa so I applied for MCCEE but couldn’t succeed.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Jasvinder Singh.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Dr. Singh. Thank you for writing to us. We have been helping people come to Canada for almost 20 years. Call us to make an appointment so that we can take a look at your entire situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. richmond adwini poku

    Please I have being denied entry to enter Canada after I have completely gone through my medicals 3 days after the medicals I got a mail to pick up my book from the visa center.the reason for my denial was insufficient funds to take care of my studies,maintain myself in Canada .but my sponsor gave me $154,000 stock account from fogro.am confused can you help me here with explaination which account Canadian embassy accept.my was students visa .thank u

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Richmond. A study visa is one of the most difficult to obtain because the reviewing officer needs to make 100% certain that you will return home after your studies are complete. Many people who attempt to apply on their own, face the same problem as you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you so that you do not face a denial again on your next application. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Tolulope Omogoroye

    I am interested
    I and my wife and 4 kids.
    I am 38 years old.
    wife is 32.
    kids are in between 9 and 1 year old.
    I am an external auditor with 6 years experience I also do part time concrete finisher jobs.
    my wife just finished university.
    how can u be of help

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Toluope. Thank you for writing to us. You may be eligible for the Express Entry program. It is a points based selection program that considers: education, language skills, family, work experience. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to evalaute your situation and see who well you qualify. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply

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