Share this article:

Top Reasons You May Be Inadmissible to Canada

It’s never something we want to do, but on rare occasions, the Immigration, Refugee Council of Canada is forced to decline applications for Canadian visas, work permits, or permanent residency because the applicant is deemed to be inadmissible to Canada. There are a number of reasons why applicants may be inadmissible to our country, some you may not even be aware of. We will take a closer look at some of those reasons now, and what you can do to change your status if you are considered inadmissible. 

If you have no reason to believe you would be inadmissible to Canada, and you want to start your visa application process for Canada today, follow the link below and we will begin by testing your eligibility. Canada has over 100 different visa and immigration programs, and you could be eligible for any number of them.

Reasons You May Be Inadmissible to Canada

Access denied-inadmissible to Canada

If you have experience with one of the following issues, you may be deemed inadmissible to Canada.

  • Security - if you have ever been involved in espionage, subversion, violence or terrorism, or if you belonged to an organization that was involved in any of these activities.
  • Human or international rights violations - if you have ever been accused or convicted of a war crime, a crime against humanity or were an official in a government engaged in gross human rights violations or were subject to international sanctions.
  • Criminality - if you have ever been convicted of a crime, including driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A police clearance certificate is often a requirement for some types of visas.
  • Organized criminality - if you have been accused or convicted of being involved in an organization that takes part in any form of organized criminal activity, including smuggling people or money laundering.
  • Health grounds - if you have a medical condition that is deemed a danger to public health and safety, or that will place excessive demand on the health or social services of Canada. A clean bill of health is often required for many Canadian immigration programs.
  • Financial reasons - if you are unwilling or unable to support yourself and your dependents to settle in Canada,
  • Misrepresentation - one of the easiest and silliest ways to get yourself excluded from admissibility, is to provide false information or withhold information from the IRCC, it is absolutely vital that you always represent yourself truthfully on any official applications and to any border control or immigration official.
  • Non-compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) - if you don’t respect the conditions of your visa by for example overstaying or working full time on a study permit, you may be barred from returning to Canada.
  • Having an inadmissible family member.

How to Apply for a Canadian Visa

Become a permanent resident of Canada

Which Visa Program Should You Apply For?

Which visa you apply for will depend largely on what your intentions are in Canada. Do you want to visit? Do you want to find work while you are visiting? Do you already have a job offer? Do you want to live in Canada, enjoying a happy life and a bright future? Here are some of the Canada visa programs, see if any apply to you.

Express Entry System

The Express Entry system - a great way to immigrate to Canada without a job offer! This system fast-tracks skilled professionals’ permanent residency applications so they can be in Canada in as little as six months. The system is made up of 3 programs:

  • Skilled Worker Program - for people with experience and qualifications in managerial and professional roles; for example doctors; accountants, IT professionals, managers, architects, and designers.
  • Skilled Trades Program - if you are a qualified journeyman, good news; trades workers are some of the most in-demand professions in Canada. You will require authentication from a recognized body (such as a red seal) and at least one year of experience working as a tradesman. Popular skills urgently needed in Canada include carpenters, pipefitters, welders, mechanics, plumbers, and electricians.
  • Canada Experience Class - if you answered yes to either of the above two programs and already have or intend to obtain at least one year of experience working in Canada before applying for permanent residency, then this is your choice. The experienced class gets preference over the other two because simply put, the applicants have already shown that they are capable of living and working in Canada.

Provincial Nomination Program

If you know which province you want to live in Canada, you can apply directly to the provincial government. Within this program, there are at least forty to fifty different visa options. The reason there are so many? Each Canadian province has its own Provincial Nomination Program, and each of those has its own unique streams or visas for Canadian immigration. If you are successful in your application you will receive a provincial nomination, which so long as you meet the eligibility criteria for the program you are applying to, guarantees your visa for permanent residency in Canada.

Study in Canada

By getting accepted to a Canadian university, you can apply for a student visa. Once you graduate, you may be eligible for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) and to apply for permanent residency in Canada. You will be able to secure a great job, settle, live, and work in Canada if you follow the pathway of becoming a foreign graduate in Canada.

Applying for Your Canadian Visa

Once you know which Canadian visa program will give you the best chance of being able to live in Canada, and assuming you are admissible! You will need to complete and submit your application with any and all necessary supporting documentation. Some requirements are applicable no matter which visa or immigration program you are applying to, such as being admissible to Canada. Here is a shortlist of the regular requirements you can be expected to meet.


Canada Visa Eligibility Requirements
RequirementDescription
Admissible to Canadathe whole point of this blog!
Experience/Qualificationnot a requirement for every type of immigration or visa program
Educationevery program has a minimum requirement of at least a Canadian high school diploma or the equivalent.
Proof of fundsif you don’t have a job offer in Canada, you must show you can pay for your cost to move and settle in Canada
Language Requirementsdepending on your visa type, you will need to get a minimum score on one of the Canadian Language Benchmark tests
Medical Examinationyou may be required to have a doctor's examination to show you don’t have any terminal/life threatening illnesses.

How We Make Immigration Simple

hiker at lake-immigrate to Canada

With all of these immigration and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.

We take care of the fineprint while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for up to date information and interesting blog posts on Canadian Immigration.

Share this article: