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Criminal Inadmissibility Might Hinder Your Chances to Enter Canada

Do you want to move to Canada? If so, we urge you to check the inadmissibility clauses laid out by the Canadian Immigration laws. 

Inadmissibility means that you can’t enter Canada. And there are different types of inadmissibility, however, criminal inadmissibility is one of the most common reasons for no entry in Canada. 

As one of the leading organizations helping newcomers to Canada, we come across several people who have a criminal offence on the record but don’t know whether it will be considered under criminal inadmissibility.

Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility

So, let’s discuss criminal inadmissibility and the types of crimes that are considered under this clause. 


Types of criminal offences according to Criminal Code of Canada

  • Straight Summary Offences: Least serious criminal offence

  • Straight Indictable Offences: More serious criminal offences with severe sentences

  • Hybrid Offence: Based on the seriousness of the offence, the prosecutor holds the right to determine whether it is a summary offence or an indictable offence.


Criminal offences under these categories make you inadmissible

  • Hybrid Offence: 

The crimes that are considered under hybrid offence include simple assault, reckless driving, driving while impaired (DWI), and driving under influence (DUI). 

Being top Canada immigration consultants, we come across applicants who have a DUI, a criminal offence. However, there are ways where you can overcome this inadmissibility and enter Canada. 


  • Indictable Offences:

The crimes under this category will always result in criminal inadmissibility. The criminal offences in this category include arson, breaking and entering, theft over CAD 500, causing bodily harm unlawfully, counterfeiting, motor accidents causing death, and discharging firearm with an intent to harm someone. 

It is difficult to overcome these criminal offences and will most definitely result in criminal inadmissibility to Canada

Marijuana possession charge: Can I still enter Canada?

It is legal to take 30 grams of dried marijuana when entering Canada. Make sure you have bought the marijuana from a registered supplier along with the documentation. 

However, if you have a marijuana possession charge because you didn’t buy marijuana from a registered supplier, you might be considered for criminal inadmissibility. This is considered a Straight summary offence and might hinder your entry into Canada.

Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility

Overcoming Criminal Inadmissibility


You can overcome criminal inadmissibility. But it will depend entirely on when and where you were charged with the crime. And how much time has gone by to be considered rehabilitated. 


If you want to know more about overcoming criminal inadmissibility, get in touch with our regulated Canadian immigration consultant at Canada Immediate Immigration Service


We assist applicants who want to move to Canada and settle down for a brighter future. Contact us to get more information on how to move to Canada.​

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