Are You Criminally Inadmissible To Canada?

Since the global pandemic changed international travel, people have become focused on the pandemic admission requirements for each country.  They double check the destination country’s list of accepted vaccines, pre-entry Covid-19 test requirements, and quarantine procedures as a matter of course.  Reviewing these everchanging requirements can be exhausting and they may forget that there are other requirements to meet when applying to enter a foreign country. 

Depending on the nationality of the traveler, Canada has certain requirements that must be met to be permitted entry.  If the foreign national coming into Canada is from a country that requires a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), then they are reviewed against inadmissibility criteria before the TRV is issued.  Most foreign nationals from visa exempt countries must apply for an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before entering Canada, which also checks against the inadmissibility criteria before being approved.  In either situation, an application could be refused based on criminal inadmissibility even if the offence causing this finding was not a criminal charge where it was committed.  A common example is a person who has a drunk driving charge under the traffic laws of the jurisdiction where the offence occurred.   Despite the charge not being a criminal charge where it happened, it would be a criminal charge in Canada, hence the finding of inadmissibility due to criminality. 

When transferring workers, expanding operations, or developing a new business in Canada, it is best to review the admissibility of essential personnel before making decisions.  There may be remedies available to overcome the inadmissibility, or another strategy may need to be considered.  Moraka Immigration can help you or your clients with this process.