Last Updated: 11 August 2023
Some people aren’t allowed to come to Canada. They’re “inadmissible” under Canada’s immigration law.
Did you know that you could be refused entry at a Canadian port of entry, due to a previous criminal record or your application to visit, migrate, study, work in Canada could also be refused, on the basis of criminal inadmissibility?
A Canadian immigration officer will decide if you can enter Canada when you:
- apply for a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or
- when you arrive at a port of entry.
There are different reasons, such as security, criminal or medical reasons.
It is very important to understand that if you have been in a situation where you are already found to be inadmissible or at risk of being found inadmissible to Canada, there are options, available. In certain situations, you could overcome the inadmissibility, either criminal or medical.