What Happens If You Are Refused Entry to Canada?

When someone is refused entry to Canada, they are expected to simply turn around and return to where they came from. This can be especially inconvenient and even embarrassing for the person who is being denied entry to Canada, and entire carloads of people are often turned away at the border just because one person is inadmissible to Canada. denied entry to Canada

The frustration, wasted time and lost money when you are denied entry to Canada make it important to determine whether you are admissible or not before you travel to the border or port of entry. By knowing beforehand if you are inadmissible, you can avoid the inconvenience of being denied entry. But more importantly, you can do something about it.

Reasons for being denied entry to Canada

Most commonly, medical problems or a criminal history are the most common reasons why someone would be denied entry to Canada from a country like the United States. For example, a medical problem or health concern that can pose a threat to others (like a contagious disease) or one that could excessively strain Canadian health services can make one inadmissible to Canada.

A criminal record, particularly one for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also make someone inadmissible to Canada. Criminal histories such as ties to terrorist organizations or organized crime can also cause inadmissibility to Canada.

But these aren’t the only reasons, as anyone who has broken immigration laws (like withholding information or falsely representing themselves) can be denied, as can people who don’t have sufficient funds to support themselves while in Canada. Even those who have an immediate family member who is inadmissible to Canada can be denied entry themselves.

But you do have options when it comes to removing your criminal inadmissibility permanently or overcoming it for a short period of time. However, it’s vital that you act quickly if you intend to come to Canada in the near future. Contact us to learn more about your options.

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