African Volleyball Teams Denied Entry to Canada

According to African news site All Africa, four separate African volleyball teams from Rwanda, Guinea Conakry, Morocco and Burundi were denied entry to Canada and will not be able to participate in the upcoming Swatch Junior World Volleyball Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There are 32 teams, including the four African teams, that had qualified for the championship. Canada Immigration

Why were the volleyball teams denied entry to Canada?

According to the article, the Canadian government was concerned the volleyball teams would not leave Canada at the end of their trip and didn’t have enough money to support themselves while in Canada. In their visa refusal letter, they wrote:

“I am not satisfied that you have sufficient funds, including income or assets, to carry out your stated purpose of going to Canada or to maintain yourself while in Canada and effect your departure.”

The Rwanda Volleyball Federation is expected to sent a complaint to the International Volleyball Federation, asking it to ban Canada from hosting competitions in the future.

Avoid being denied entry to Canada

This situation is very unfortunate for the volleyball teams that have been denied entry to Canada.

When you want to visit Canada or obtain a visa to come to Canada from a non-visa exempt country, you will be required to show you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in Canada, as well as proof that you have sufficient ties to your home country and will leave Canada at the end of your stay. Some of the ways you can prove these things include obtaining a statement of account from your bank, providing information about your family in your home country to Canadian visa officials, as well as indicating information about your job, assets and home address when you apply for a visa to come to Canada.

If you are concerned about being denied entry to Canada, contact one of our licensed immigration lawyers. We would be happy to discuss your case with you and help you prepare your application for a Canadian visa, including determining what supporting documentation you will need.


Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

Tags: Athletes denied entry to Canada denied entry to Canada Sports Teams in Canada

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply