Admissibility

Admissibility

Any person seeking entry to Canada must be Admissible regardless of the class under which they are applying. Admissibility is very broad and has many different aspects. This makes it a challenging area to properly understand. There are various different things that can make you inadmissible. You can also be deemed inadmissible to Canada because you have family members who are inadmissible, even if they are not accompanying you to Canada. In many cases inadmissibility is can be easily resolved in accordance with the law. Sometimes an inadmissible person is only steps away from overcoming their inadmissibility, or from obtaining permission for entry to Canada despite the issue. At MCIS, we are here to help you with understanding the challenges of admissibility. 

When setting the criteria for admissibility, Canadian legislators had several objectives. They wanted to:

  • protect the health and safety of Canadians and to maintain the security of Canadian society;
  • promote international justice and security by fostering respect for human rights and by denying people who are criminals or a security risk access to
  • ensure that decisions made under immigration legislation are consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including its principles of equality and freedom from discrimination, and of the equality of English and French as the official languages of Canada.
  • Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible to Canada if you have a criminal record. You might not be inadmissible if you have been convicted of something which is a crime in your home country, but is not considered a crime in Canada. There are also ways to be deemed “rehabilitated” which means that your criminal record does not count against you. Always speak to an immigration consultant to be sure of what applies in your situation.
  • Serious Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible for serious criminality if they have been convicted of a crime with a prison sentence of ten years. As with criminality, there are some exceptions to this category. Always speak with an immigration consultant who can help you understand how the law applies to your situation.
  • Organized Criminality
    • A foreign national or permanent resident can be deemed inadmissible for being part of a criminal organization.
  • Canadian national security
    • A permanent resident or foreign national is inadmissible on security grounds if they are deemed to be a danger to the security of Canada. This can include engaging in acts of espionage or terrorism, or engaging in acts that could endanger Canadian people.
  • Human rights violations
    • A permanent resident or foreign national is inadmissible due to human rights violations if they have committed any human rights violations, or if they are a senior official of a government which engages in terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide. Canada defines these violations in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.
  • Health
    • A permanent resident or foreign national can be deemed inadmissible on health grounds if they are likely to be a danger to public health and safety, or if they might reasonably be expected to cause and excessive demand on Canadian health or social services.
  • Financial status
    • A foreign national is inadmissible for financial reasons if they are unable or unwilling to support themselves or anyone travelling with them, while they are in Canada.
  • Misrepresentation
    • Misrepresentation means giving false or misleading information, or withholding information which would be relevant to an immigration matter. A permanent resident or foreign national can be inadmissible for misrepresentation if they have done this directly, or indirectly. It is important to always be completely honest in immigration matters.
  • Non-compliance with Canadian immigration law
    • A permanent resident or foreign national can be deemed inadmissible if they do not comply with the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Inadmissible family members
    • It is possible for a person to be inadmissible because a member of their family is inadmissible. A foreign national may be deemed inadmissible if they are travelling with a family member who is admissible for one of the reasons listed above, or in some cases, even if the inadmissible family member is not travelling with them.

When determining whether a person is admissible or not, Canadian officers make decisions by referencing the inadmissibility provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This law lists the things that make a person inadmissible to Canada, as well as any exceptions.

Part 1, Division 4 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act lays out the categories that make a person inadmissible. Canada Border Service Agency officer and CIC officers make distinctions based these categories of inadmissibility.

There are several different categories for inadmissibility:

As mentioned above, there are exemptions to some categories of admissibility, depending on your circumstances. If you have any questions about your admissibility or that of a family member, Contact us for assistance and advice. We will do our best to provide you with adequate and accurate advice for your situation. Contact us today to discuss your admissibility issue and let the experts help you.


Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Email: info@mcisfirm.com
Canada: +1 (613) 

Contact us today and ask for your eligibility for Canadian visa or immigration plans. You may fill out the free immigration evaluation form and after we assess your eligibility our staff will contact you.

Canada: +1 (604) 468-5747
Vancouver Office Address: 1500 West Georgia Street, Unit 1300, Vancouver, BC V6G 2Z6

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