Immigration Inadmissibility

Are you concerned about admissibility issues? Have you been turned away unexpectedly at the Canadian border?

Many people wishing to enter or immigrate to Canada are surprised to learn that a prior criminal record can result in a Canadian Immigration Officer refusing their entry, or application, on the basis of criminal inadmissibility.

If you have been found to be criminally inadmissible to Canada, or think you may be inadmissible, it is important to know that you still have options. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility

There are three main ways of overcoming criminal inadmissibility to Canada:
  • Rehabilitation
  • Individuals considered criminally inadmissible may be allowed to enter Canada if the government of Canada considers them criminally rehabilitated.
  • Temporary Resident Permit
  • A TRP is a document issued to individuals who are otherwise inadmissible to Canada, allowing them to enter the country.
  • Legal Opinion Letter
  • A legal opinion letter, written by an attorney, can help an individual gain entry to Canada.

Certain situations may result in an individual being inadmissible to Canada. However, there are ways to overcome inadmissibility.

These situations include:


  • Driving Offences Involving Alcohol or Drugs
  • Reckless Driving
  • Fraud
  • Assault
  • Drug offences
  • DUI convictions
  • Serious criminality
Inadmissibility to Canada may affect a broad range of people. However, individuals in certain situations may be particularly affected from a personal and/or professional point of view. These include:
  • Performing artists
  • Airlines and their staff
  • People wishing to go on a hunting or fishing trip to Canada
  • People traveling to and from Alaska
  • People engaged in cross-border trade
  • People transiting through Canada
  • People who have performed a crime in Canada or have been charged with a crime in Canada.

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