How To Enter Canada After Being Denied

Being denied entry to Canada is no laughing matter. It can be embarrassing, and all of the plans you had in Canada – whether you were visiting family, going on a nice vacation or attending an important meeting – will be effectively cancelled and you have to turn around and go back where you came from. But just because you have been denied entry to Canada doesn’t mean you have no options or are out of luck. But first, why were you denied entry to Canada? 

Reasons for being denied entry to Canada

The list of reasons someone would be denied entry to Canada is vast – after all, it’s the job of the Canadian Border Services Agency to keep Canada and Canadians safe.

Anyone found in breach of immigration law, anyone found to have misrepresented themselves, had an inadmissible family member, those with criminal records, those who have health problems that could cause excessive demand on health or social services and those who are not financially stable can all be refused entry to Canada.

However, sometimes Canada is a bit overzealous when it comes to keeping people out of the country, and people who pose absolutely no threat get caught in the crossfire. Here’s what you can do about it. Most commonly, a criminal record for a somewhat minor offence or a health issue is what will cause you to be denied entry. If this is the case, you can:

When you are denied entry to Canada…

If you are denied entry to Canada because of a criminal record and your criminal conviction occurred over five years ago, you may apply for criminal rehabilitation at your local Canadian consulate.

You could also apply for a temporary resident permit, which will allow you to enter Canada even though you were inadmissible otherwise. Visitors to Canada from countries who require visas to come to Canada also apply for these, but if you are a visitor from a visa-exempt country, you may need one if you are inadmissible.

Please note that both of these applications are difficult, and they are often denied. They may be your only shot at being allowed to visit Canada, and it is a very good idea to consult with a licensed immigration lawyer beforehand.

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.

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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.

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