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Reasons for Inadmissibility

A foreign national needs a Visa/Electronic Travel Authorization or a Study/Work Permit to enter and stay in Canada for different purposes, such as visit, work, study, conduct business, etc. Before a Visa/Electronic Travel Authorization or a Study/Work Permit could be issued, an immigration or visa officer considers the admissibility of each person planning to enter and stay in Canada.

A person may get a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) declined after the process of consideration of the application. After receiving declination, Canada prohibits a person from entering the country. Anyone can receive entry refusal or removal order from Canada. Here are the main reasons for inadmissibility:

Security reasons:

  • subversion (trying to bring down a government, etc.).
  • violent behavior or terrorism.
  • espionage.
  • connection to the organizations involved in any of these.

Human or global rights violations:

  • crimes against humanity.
  • war crimes.
  • being a senior official in a government engaged in disgusting human rights violations or subject to global sanctions.
  • committing a serious crime with a prison term of a minimum of ten years in Canada.
  • having been convicted of a crime. It also includes driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • organized crime, including a connection to an organization that takes part in organized criminal activity, people money laundering or smuggling.

Health grounds – if their state is likely to:

  • put in danger public health or public safety.
  • cause extreme demands on health or social services.

Financial reasons – if they are unwilling or incapable of sustaining themselves and their family members.

Misrepresentation – providing false information or withholding information directly associated with decisions made under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Failure to fulfill any condition of IRPA or having an inadmissible family member.

Examples of failure to fulfill any condition of IRPA include:

  • Temporary residents who do not respect the conditions of their stay. For example, they stay for a longer period than allowed, or work or study without the proper permits.
  • Permanent residents who have not lived in Canada for the required amount of time and
  • People who had deportation before and try to enter Canada without written approval.

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