New data highlights Americans as being the most ‘inadmissible’ foreigners to Canada.
Published by Paragon Legal on 22nd September, 2021.
Canadian border officials have deemed 267,499 migrants inadmissible to Canada, mostly for criminal convictions. At the top of the list: Americans, 63,590 of whom were found inadmissible between 2007 and 2016. In a distant second place were Mexicans (22,104), followed by Hungarians (13,082).
Under access to information laws, the Canada Border Services Agency released data on all migrants turned away from the Canadian border or removed from the country. These migrants included people who intension is to remain in Canada as permanent residents, as well as those who may be visiting for tourism, refugees, foreign workers, business people and international students.
Of those persons deemed inadmissible, some were denied entry due to a prior criminal record, while other individuals were deported for committing offences after their arrival in Canada. If you think you may be deemed inadmissible for any reason and must travel to Canada, consult our immigration professional who offers advice on criminal inadmissibility.
The increasingly high number of Americans who have found themselves inadmissible more than likely stems from the interdependence of the Canadian and American economies as cross-border trade is one of the most crucial aspect of both nations’ economic activity due to the fact that thousands of business people to travel across the US-Canada border each year.
Inadmissibility is a roadblock for many Americans and other persons with business ties in Canada as Canadian authorities take criminal inadmissibility very seriously. Visitors and business persons alike are unexpectedly surprised that a seemingly minor prior conviction would prevent them from entering or conducting business in Canada.
Charges such as a can make an American or any other individual inadmissible to Canada, which means they can be denied entry at the Canadian border. We have extensive experience handling a wide range of cases involving inadmissibility to Canada and we prioritize detailed review of each client’s case to optimize application approval.
Luckily, there are ways to overcome inadmissibility in Canada. Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit allows travel for valid reasons. Applying for Criminal Rehabilitation removes the crime from the record for admissibility purposes. If you are inadmissible or concerned about your admissibility, our Canadian immigration expert at Paragon Legal can offer advice about your status and assist you in travelling to Canada with a prior conviction.