I was Denied Entry to Canada, What Can I do?

Surprisingly to many, people are denied entry to Canada all of the time – even if they are United States citizens who just want to visit Canada temporarily. People can be denied entry to Canada at the Canadian border or port of entry, such as an airport. If this happens to you, you will have to turn around and go back to where you came from. 

Why was I denied entry to Canada?

If you have a medical condition or a criminal record, you could be denied entry to Canada. A medical problem that would deny you entry to Canada could be something like having a contagious disease, being unpredictable and putting the Canadian public at risk, or threatening to pose an excessive demand on Canada’s social services.

A criminal record causing you to be denied entry to Canada is called being criminally inadmissible to Canada. Even a small criminal offence for which you have a criminal record can result in your being denied entry to Canada, whether it be decades ago or recent.

What can I do if I am denied entry to Canada?

If you are denied entry to Canada, you can apply for a temporary resident permit, which is also called a visitor visa in Canada. This will allow you to enter Canada despite being inadmissible for other reasons. However, you can still be denied a temporary resident permit for Canada because of your reasons for being denied entry in the first place. If you fear you will be or already have been denied entry to Canada, you will benefit from speaking to a licensed and qualified immigration lawyer about your case. We can help! Contact us at the telephone number at the top of this page or by using the email form on the right for a consultation with one of our licensed immigration lawyers before you travel!

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