You may be denied entry to Canada for the following reasons:
Failure to comply with any provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) (Government of Canada)
- Working or studying without necessary permit
- Having an inadmissible family member
- Health grounds
- Criminal Inadmissibility
If you do not meet the requirements of the IRPA, you may be denied entry to Canada. However, if you have compelling reason to travel to Canada, you may overcome your inadmissibility to Canada by obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit.
According to the Government of Canada, your compelling reason to gain legal entry with a Temporary Resident Permit must be sufficient enough to overcome the health and safety risks to Canadian society.
Denied Entry to Canada DUI
You will be denied entry to Canada with a DUI. Minor convictions such a Driving Under the Influence, also known as Driving While Impaired (DWI), will result in your inadmissibility to Canada. If this conviction happened less than 5 years ago, then you will need to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit to enter and stay in Canada. If it has been longer than 5 years, you will need to apply for rehabilitation, or may be deemed rehabilitated.
Denied Entry to Canada Misdemeanous
You may also be denied entry to Canada for any misdemeanours, even if the offence is not a felony or indictable offence in Canada. Customs and Immigration officers have the ultimate authority to permit and deny entry to Canada because of misdemeanours and other offences.
Almost all convictions can cause a person to be denied entry into Canada. These include DUI/DWI, misdemeanour drug possession, reckless or negligent driving, domestic assault, shoplifting, theft, and all felonies. For this reason, it is always recommended that a person obtain the proper documentation before travelling.
Denied Entry to US from Canada
The Canada Immigration and Refugee Act outlines the grounds under which an individual would be denied entry to Canada from the US. Many individuals believe that possession of a U.S. passport implies that they can travel to other countries; however, this is not the case.
The increase in information sharing between Canada and the US has resulted in a greater number of individuals being denied entry to Canada from the US because of past convictions and criminal records. Therefore, it is considered illegal under Canadian Law for an individual who has a criminal record, regardless of when the offenses occurred, to enter Canada without the proper documentation.
Getting a Temporary Resident Permit to travel to Canada with a criminal record is a lengthy process that must begin well in advance of travelling.
For further information on entry requirements, call us toll-free at: 1-800-298-5520. Or start your application today