The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) conducts interviews at the port of entry to verify your documents and admissibility. The CBSA may deem you inadmissible on the grounds of security.
Who Can be Deemed to be Inadmissible on Security Grounds?
You can be found inadmissible to Canada on security grounds if:
- You are engaging in espionage or sabotage that is against Canadian interests
- You are engaging or instigating subversive activities against any government
- You have been convicted of terrorism or found engaging in terrorist activities
- You have been determined a danger to the national security of Canada
- You have engaged in acts that may pose a risk to public safety
These grounds have to be based on verifiable evidence.
What are the Consequences of Inadmissibility on Security Grounds?
You will lose your right to appeal to the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD) if you are found inadmissible on security grounds. You can be allowed to appeal to the Federal Court of Canada in some cases.
If you are found inadmissible based on security grounds, you will be barred from making a refugee claim and be denied entry to Canada. If you are a permanent resident and you are inadmissible on security grounds, you can lose your status and be removed from Canada.
How to Overcome Inadmissibility on Security Grounds?
If you are inadmissible on security grounds, you can request the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to grant you a relief declaration.
This means that the minister finds your presence in Canada, not against national interest. This is known as the Ministerial Relief. However, it is only given in exceptional circumstances.
However, this option is only available to those who have exhausted all other options including appealing to the Federal Court.
Call and speak to our team, so that they can book a time with a licensed immigration professional who will answer all your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Inadmissibility on Security Grounds
Yes, you are allowed to appeal to the Federal Court of Canada in some cases. However, it is advisable to get an immigration litigation lawyer to help you understand the situation.
The CBSA may collect police or intelligence reports, media articles, evidence statements, or proof that you are involved in activities that pose security risks to the safety of the Canadian public.
If you are deemed inadmissible on security grounds, then you can be subject to deportation.
Why Is It Necessary to Seek Legal Representation?
Has your Canadian immigration application been rejected? Have you been refused entry to Canada or is it much worse?
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Distressed over your situation? Is a family member involved?
There can be hope for almost every negative situation on an immigration-related decision.
Your current outcome is not definitive, it can be challenged.
Under Canadian immigration laws, almost all refused applicants have the right to seek judicial review of their immigration challenges. Most foreign nationals, permanent residents and most sponsors also have rights to appeal their cases.
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