If you have ever ventured to the border and been denied, or are simply aware that you are considered inadmissible to Canada; you know that additional documentation will be required if you intend on entering Canada. Reasons for denied entry may include past criminal offences, health risks to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, lack of financial resources or inconsistent documentation presented at the border.
An officer may have reasonable grounds to believe you are presently engaged (or previously or will be) in acts, which breach security. Any involvement in an organization that would harm others or acts that would violate international rights provide for reasonable grounds of refusal.
Foreign nationals with convictions outside Canada will likely be denied entry to Canada unless criminal rehabilitation is sought. Common convictions that will likely deny you from entering into Canada include: impaired driving convictions, reckless or dangerous driving, common assault, street racing, resisting a police officer, any drug related offences and theft or fraud.
Specific reasons for Denied Entry to Canada due to health grounds include health conditions that would either cause or endanger the health and safety of Canadian citizens or permanent residents or burden Canadian health or social services, if treated.
You must satisfy an officer that sufficient arrangements for care and support are in place, which does not involve any social assistance. If an officer is not satisfied with your financial submissions, you will be refused entry.
It is a criminal offence in Canada to provide any false information to authorities at the border. Any material facts related to a current application, which is either withheld or misrepresented, is grounds for inadmissibility into Canada.
If you are considered inadmissible to Canada, you may require or qualify for any one of the documents you will need in order to enter Canada. In order to overcome inadmissibility, you will require:
A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) will allow you temporary admittance to Canada, overcoming your inadmissibility for a set period of time. You can apply for this at a consulate or even at the Port of Entry – to accommodate urgent travel needs.
If you have offenses that occurred in the past and have long since not reoffended, you may still be considered inadmissible. If you are successful in obtaining approval on a Criminal Rehabilitation application, this will overcome said inadmissibility permanently.
If you have ever been officially asked to leave Canada or have received a removal order, for example, you may require special authorization to return to Canada (ARC).
When it comes to inadmissibility, knowledge of Immigration Regulation as well as the Canadian Criminal Code is essential. When submitting an application like this, you not only need to be able to translate foreign law into applicable Canadian Law, you need to also make sound legal arguments as to why you should be allowed into Canada.
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