Inadmissibility issues for Permanent and Temporary residents
Foreign nationals can be inadmissible to Canada due to a variety of reasons. They can be inadmissible even though they may possess a valid permanent residence card or a visa.
Reasons for Inadmissibility
- Criminal grounds – any conviction on criminal grounds renders a foreign national inadmissible whether the offence was committed in Canada or abroad (minor and major criminal offences are included)
- Misrepresentation – any misrepresentation done in front of immigration or associated government departments renders a foreign national inadmissible
- Medical reasons- reasons for medical inadmissibility include a serious health condition or contagious diseases which have the potential to burden Canadian healthcare system
- Failure to comply with any laid down Canadian immigration and associated laws
- Financial grounds- a foreign national has shortage of resources to maintain themselves in Canada
- Security grounds
- Previous criminal offences, with convictions outside Canada are also considered
How is the Inadmissibility Determined?
Inadmissibility is determined in many different contexts by immigration officers and the Immigration and Refugee Board officials. Different situations in which inadmissibility is determined:
- At a port of entry into Canada
- At a Visa office when the foreign national applies for a visa
- Within Canada when the foreign national is residing with a temporary visa
- Within Canada when the foreign national is residing holding a permanent resident status
Inadmissibility within Canada
In cases where a foreign national gets convicted of a criminal offence within Canada, the person becomes inadmissible only once they are convicted of the offence. Such an event can happen to a foreign national who may be present in Canada for work, study or visit on a temporary visa.
Certain options are available to foreign nationals to avoid being considered inadmissible and to prevent it as well.