Frequently Asked Questions on Inadmissibility to Canada

Credit to Author: Julia Hornstein| Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2022 12:00:10 +0000

Before entering Canada, the country has admissibility requirements that each foreign national must meet. Such requirements include passing a criminal background check and undergoing medical examinations. If you are a foreign national who has been arrested or convicted of a criminal offence, you may be considered criminally inadmissible to Canada. Foreign convictions and arrests are […]

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Can I enter Canada if I have a criminal record, but I’m a performing artist?

Credit to Author: Julia Hornstein| Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 17:00:41 +0000

If you have a criminal record, it is likely that you will encounter issues entering Canada. If you are a foreign national who has been convicted of an offense or arrested, you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada. No matter the reason for travel, any individual with a criminal record is subject to Canada’s strict […]

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Can you return to Canada after committing a crime in Canada?

Credit to Author: Daniel Levy| Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 12:00:11 +0000

People who commit crimes outside Canada become criminally inadmissible as soon as the charge is laid, but this is not the case for offences committed within Canada. You only become inadmissible for a crime committed in Canada when an actual conviction takes place and not before. This is thanks to phrasing in the Immigration and […]

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Common offenses that make people inadmissible to Canada

Credit to Author: Daniel Levy| Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2022 12:00:21 +0000

Generally speaking, any act that is illegal both in the country where it took place and in Canada creates the potential for inadmissibility issues. That being said, the Canadian government offers options to allow newcomers to overcome inadmissibility. Some of the common offenses that may impact a person’s ability to enter Canada include the following: […]

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Will Canadian border services officers ask about your criminal record?

Credit to Author: Daniel Levy| Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 17:00:32 +0000

When you arrive at a Canadian port of entry, you may be asked if you have a criminal record. When asked, you will have to tell the truth. It is a serious crime to make a false statement to a border services officer. If you do, you may not be allowed to enter Canada. Although […]

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How to visit Canada this summer even if you have a criminal record

Credit to Author: Daniel Levy| Date: Wed, 11 May 2022 13:00:14 +0000

If you believe you are criminally inadmissible to Canada, don’t lose hope. You may still be able to take your vacation to Canada this summer. Canada lifted border restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists late last summer. This year will be the first full summer of open borders—provided you meet the government’s definition of fully vaccinated […]

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Obtaining a Canadian work permit despite criminality issues

Credit to Author: Stephen Sherman| Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2020 16:00:29 +0000

Acquiring a Canadian work permit is the goal of many foreign nationals all around the world. However, with strengthened security and enforcement of immigration laws, receiving a work permit in Canada can be difficult for those who are subject to criminal charges. A temporary Canadian work permit allows the applicant to come live in Canada […]

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Canada’s Express Entry system and criminal inadmissibility: What you need to know


Express Entry is the system that manages applications for Canada’s three main economic immigration classes – the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates are ranked on the basis of points awarded for their so-called human capital and other factors and only individuals who score above a […]

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A brush with the law can affect your electronic travel authorization for Canada


Prior to the introduction of Canada’s electronic travel authorization, almost anyone from a visa-exempt country could hop on a plane, show their passport or travel documents upon arrival, and be legally admitted to Canada. This all changed on March 15, 2016, when the electronic travel authorization, or eTA, became mandatory for citizens of temporary resident […]

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