Are you inadmissible because of past criminal activity?

In general, temporary residents and applicants applying for permanent residence are considered to be criminally inadmissible if the person:

  • was convicted of an offence in Canada;
  • was convicted of an offence outside of Canada that is considered a crime in Canada; and/or
  • committed an act outside of Canada that is considered a crime under the laws of the country where it occurred and would be punishable under Canadian law.

Note: In order to determine inadmissibility, foreign convictions and laws are equated to Canadian law as if they had occurred in Canada.

Have you been charged, discharged or pardoned?

If you have been charged, discharged or pardoned, this chart will help you determine if you are inadmissible:

Outcome of Charges/Convictions Offence Occurred In Canada Offence Occurred Outside Canada
Charges Withdrawn or Dismissed You are not inadmissible. You may be inadmissible.*
Absolute or Conditional Discharge You are not inadmissible. You may be inadmissible.*
Pardon Granted If pardoned under the Criminal Records Act in Canada, you are not inadmissible. You may be inadmissible.*

*You must provide an officer with complete details of charges, convictions, court dispositions, pardons, photocopies of applicable sections of foreign law(s), and court proceedings to allow the officer to determine whether or not you are inadmissible to Canada.

The information above was reproduced from CIC. It is possible to have those inadmissibility barriers removed. Please seek legal advice for more accurate information and on how to deal with inadmissibility issues and secure your entry into Canada. We will be happy to explain your options to you if you contact us.

If you have any inadmissiblity issue, please contact us

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