Admissibility Hearings in Canada: Explained

    Admissibility Hearings are conducted by the Immigration Division. The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) conducts interviews to review your official documents and the items you are bringing when you enter Canada.

    If the CBSA finds an issue, then you may be ordered to appear for an admissibility hearing before the Immigration Division.

    It is crucial that you consult an immigration litigation lawyer as an admissibility hearing represents the last opportunity to challenge the allegation of inadmissibility to Canada.

    You have the right to legal representation.

    A member of the Immigration Division will determine whether you will be allowed to enter Canada or be ordered to leave.

    What Makes You Inadmissible to Remain in Canada?

    If the following allegations are found valid, then you will be deemed inadmissible to remain in Canada:

    • Inadmissible Family Member, for example, you are accompanied by a family member that has been deemed inadmissible to enter Canada
    • Non-compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), for example, you are discovered working without proper authorization
    • Serious Criminality and Criminality, for example, you have committed a crime that is punishable with an imprisonment term of more than 6 months up to 10 years
    • Organized Criminality, for example, you have committed extortion, contract killing, prostitution, etc
    • Security Grounds, for example, you are found guilty of espionage, subversion (attempts to overthrow a government, etc.), violence or terrorism
    • Human or International Rights Violations, for example, you have been convicted of Crimes Against Humanity and/or War Crimes

    What is the Process for Admissibility Hearings?

    If you try to enter Canada and are found inadmissible by the CBSA, then the following process will occur:

    • Your case is presented to the Immigration Division for an admissibility hearing
    • You have to attend the hearing and present before an Immigration Division member
    • The final decision is made by the Immigration Division member
    • Either you are allowed to enter or remain in Canada, or the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) issues a removal or departure order

    What are the Possible Outcomes of an Inadmissibility Hearing?

    After the hearing, the Immigration Division member decides whether or not you should be allowed to enter or remain in Canada. 

    If the Immigration Division member decides you are admissible, then you are allowed to enter or remain in Canada. If you were held in detention, then the member will order your release.

    If the Immigration Division member decides you are inadmissible, then you will be issued a removal order. If you are being held in detention, then the member may stay your detention until your removal.

    Why is it Necessary to Seek Legal Representation?

    At My Visa Source, our experienced immigration litigation lawyers have successfully represented our clients in front of The Federal Court and the four divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

    Immigration is a complex process that requires expert familiarity with frequent changes to immigration law, strong legal strategy and representation, precise paperwork and perfect attention to detail, reducing the risk of wasted time, money or permanent rejection.

    We take on cases with regular circumstances to ones that are very complex. Our processes have been honed to streamlined efficiency over a decade with a team who are happy, experienced, understanding, patient, cooperative, careful, neat, thorough and easy to work with. Communication with our clients is one of the keys to our success.

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