How can I resolve inadmissibility to Canada?

Inadmissibility could prevent foreign nationals from immigrating to Canada. It even could cause the removal of permanent residents or foreign nationals from Canada. However, depending on the reason, you could resolve the issues. Of course, if you do not address the underlying issues, you could seek temporary remedies. This article explores both temporary and permanent solutions to inadmissibility. Nonetheless, I recommend visiting the following page before reading this article.

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What to do if you believe you are admissible?

If an officer believes you are inadmissible, they send you a Procedural Fairness Letter (PFL). Of course, this is your moment to resolve the problem. If you believe you are admissible, you need to show convincing documents to the officer. However, if the officer refuses your application, you may consider filing for Judicial Review (JR). You need to hire a lawyer to file for the JR via the Federal Court. If you win the case, then another immigration officer will review your inadmissibility.

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Resolving inadmissibility temporarily

Regardless of the options, I present here; you could always consider requesting a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). Visit the following link to understand this option. However, keep in mind that TRP is a temporary solution (some exceptions apply).

Addressing criminal inadmissibility

If you are inadmissible due to criminality, you could address it depending on where the conviction occurred.

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Sometimes you do not need to apply for rehabilitation if you qualify for deemed rehabilitation. Of course, you need to consult with a professional to see if you qualify. Also, you could consider H&C.

Dealing with medical inadmissibility

The solution to medical inadmissibility is to apply under H&C. However, a successful TRP for medical inadmissibility could eventually result in permanent residence. Sometimes, you could address the medical inadmissibility by resolving the medical issues. For example, going through surgery. There are some alternative solutions, as well. For example, in excessive demand situations, you could cover some of the expenses yourself. Of course, you need to consult with a professional to see how to handle these options.

Financial InadmissibilityAddressing financial inadmissibility

Probably the best approach to financial inadmissibility is prevention. In other words, if you are immigrating to Canada, make sure you meet the financial requirements or don’t apply at all. It would be best if you also convince the officer you intend to remain financially independent in Canada. However, if you are inadmissible due to financial reasons, consider filing for H&C.

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Resolving misrepresentation

Misrepresentation causes temporary inadmissibility for sixty months. Therefore, the obvious solution is to wait for five years and then apply for Canada.  However, if you intend to resolve the issue sooner, consider H&C or TRP. Regardless, I encourage you to watch my video on this topic.

Inadmissibility due to serious issues

Unfortunately, H&C is not an option for the following issues:

  • Security reasons (e.g. terrorism and espionage)
  • Human or international rights violations
  • Organized criminality

In these situations, your ultimate solution is the Ministerial Relief. Of course, you could consider TRP as a temporary solution.

Family members’ issues

Sometimes, you become inadmissible because of a family member. Of course, the obvious solution is to resolve the inadmissibility of the family member. However, you could also explore alternative options such as H&C or TRP.

Inadmissibility with an expiry date

As I mentioned earlier, misrepresentation causes temporary inadmissibility. Some other examples of temporary inadmissibility include,

  • Losing the PR status because of not meeting the residency obligations: You are inadmissible for as long as you are inside Canada. However, if you comply with your departure order, you won’t be inadmissible as soon as you leave Canada.
  • Receiving an Exclusion order because of non-compliance with the immigration Act (e.g. if you overstay in Canada): You will remain inadmissible for only one year upon leaving Canada.
  • If the criminal inadmissibility is under paragraph 36(2)(d): In other words, committing an offence upon entering Canada, if that crime constitutes inadmissibility under section 19 of IRPR (Sorry for the gibberish :D). Such problems could lose their effect if you withdraw your request for entering Canada and leave the country. However, run your documents with a professional to make sure this is the case.
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Inside Canada inadmissibility

If you become inadmissible while inside Canada, you could receive a removal order. However, you usually need to fight for staying in Canada by attending a hearing at the Immigration Division of IRB. Consequently, you could also attend an appeal hearing at the Immigration Appeal Division of IRP. Of course, if you lose the battle, you will receive a removal order. Depending on the nature of the removal, you may need to apply for an ARC on top of addressing the underlying issue. Read the following articles for more information.

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    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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