5 Crimes That Will Make You Inadmissible to Canada

Are you thinking of immigrating to Canada? Did you know that there are a number of crimes that can cause you to be denied entry to Canada? From violent crimes like manslaughter, to fraud and drunk driving; there is a list of offenses that could stop you from entering Canada.

Types of Crimes that Can Cause You to be Denied Entry to Canada

1. Serious crimes

Canada considers crimes that are punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison, serious crimes. Crimes such as first or second degree murder would be deemed serious crimes and can result in you being unable to enter Canada.

Manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter also lowers your chances of being able to enter Canada. Vehicular homicide, also called vehicular manslaughter, is the killing of another person due to reckless driving. Whether it is voluntary or involuntary, the crime is looked at as serious and can stop you from getting into Canada.

2. DUIs

DUI stands for driving under the influence. This refers to drinking alcohol while driving, or driving after you have consumed alcohol. This is a driving offense, and if you are arrested for driving under the influence, chances are, you will not be admissible to Canada.

Drinking and driving could result in major injury and even death for the driver and other innocent people on the road. Canada takes the safety of its people seriously and will not allow people to enter who could risk the safety of others.

3. Theft

If you have been charged with theft, this can also bar you from entering Canada.

4. Drug possession and drug trafficking

Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) states that having drugs on you, on your property, or giving it to someone else with the intention of using the drug for your own benefit, is an unlawful act known as drug possession.

Drug trafficking involves the manufacturing and selling of illegal substances. Drug related charges like these are among the top offenses that can prevent you from entering Canada for a number of years, before you are given a chance to apply for a visa again.

5. Weapons violation

This refers to a violation of provincial or local laws that prohibit the manufacturing, buying, selling, transportation or use of firearms or any other deadly weapons.

The crimes mentioned can all pose a risk to Canadian citizens and people living in Canada. Therefore, if you are charged with any of the crimes discussed, you will not be allowed to enter Canada.

However, there might still be hope for you to travel to Canada, even if you have been charged with a criminal offense.

Ways to Overcome Criminal Inadmissibility


Offenses outside of Canada:

If you have been declared inadmissible to Canada due to previous criminal charges, here’s how you could try and overcome criminal convictions:

  • Apply for rehabilitation
  • Be deemed to be rehabilitated if 10 years has passed since you committed the offence

You can apply for rehabilitation if 10 years have passed since you have committed the crime. However, the offense needs to be punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment in Canada.

Offenses both inside and outside of Canada

If you have offenses both inside and outside of Canada, you may need to take an extra step to be able to enter Canada.

You may need to get a pardon in addition to your approval for rehabilitation, to be able to overcome your inadmissibility. You would need to meet with an immigration lawyer in order to do this.

An immigration lawyer will help you gather sufficient evidence if you need to file an immigration application so you can be granted permission to enter Canada with past convictions or offenses.

Get to Canada Even With Past Convictions


Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

A temporary resident permit or TRP, is a document that allows those who are technically inadmissible to Canada, to visit the country. A TRP is only issued to someone if their need to come to Canada outweighs the risk to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

David Allon, one of the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) we work with, answers a frequently ask question below.

Question: Can someone who was arrested but not charged be considered inadmissible?
Answer: If there was no charge against the person then there will be no issues, what is important that there is no criminal record. It doesn't really matter if he got arrested or not.

If you still have unanswered questions, the following may help:


What crimes make you inadmissible to Canada?

We have covered the top five crimes that can stop you from entering Canada. However, there is a long list of crimes that could stop you from getting into Canada:

Reasons for inadmissibility to Canada

Past criminal convictions can stand in your way, but there are also other reasons that you could be denied entry to Canada:

Can Canada stop immigration?

You cannot be stopped from applying to immigrate to Canada, but you can be declared inadmissible to Canada for various reasons and be unable to enter the Country as a result.

It may look complicated or difficult to overcome convictions so you can visit Canada, but don’t fret. We can take some of the stress away by helping you see if you can get to Canada, step by step.