Common offenses that make people inadmissible to Canada
Every year, thousands of people are prevented from entering Canada because they are deemed inadmissible. In most cases, this is due to criminal activity, but there are other reasons why you may be found inadmissible. Here are a few common offenses that can make you inadmissible to Canada.
If you have been convicted of a crime—regardless of how long ago it took place or how minor you believe the offense to be—you will likely be found inadmissible to Canada. The only way to overcome this is to apply for an Authorization to Return to Canada (ARC), which can be a lengthy and complicated process.
Even if you were charged with a drug offense but not convicted, you may still be inadmissible to Canada. Border officers have the discretion to deny entry to anyone they believe has ties to the drug trade, even if there is no concrete evidence. If you have ever been arrested or charged with a drug offense—even if it was just for possession of a small amount of marijuana—it’s best to err on the side of caution and consult with an immigration professional such as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or an immigration lawyer before attempting to enter the country.
Diseases and Health Conditions
Certain diseases and health conditions can make you inadmissible to Canada. These include tuberculosis. You may also be denied entry if you have a medical condition that poses a danger to public health or safety, such as uncontrolled mental illness. If you have any kind of health condition, consult with an authorized immigration professional such as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or an immigration lawyer beforehand to find out if you will be able to enter the country.
These are just some of the common offenses that can make you inadmissible to Canada. If you’re ever unsure about your status, it’s best to consult with an immigration professional such as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or an immigration lawyer before attempting to cross the border.
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