Inadmissible Persons

Could you be inadmissible to Canada?

Please review the following resources carefully to ensure that your appointment is not delayed due to inadmissibility to Canada.

Criminal Inadmissibility

Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides an FAQ site dealing with criminal and other inadmissibility.

There are a number of ways to overcome a past conviction, but it will add considerable time to any immigration process, and may delay the start date of your appointment to Queen's. It is highly recommended that you consult a Canadian immigration lawyer about any criminal offence before trying to enter Canada, allowing for ample lead time. The Faculty Recruitment and Support office can provide you with names of lawyers, confidentially.

Note for American citizens: Even if you have been crossing the border without problems in the past, you can now be denied entry into Canada (even for a visit) if you have a criminal record, no matter how minor or how long ago. Driving under the influence, shoplifting, driving dangerously and possession of illegal substances are, according to Citizenship and Immigration, all reasons to be considered "criminally inadmissible" to Canada.

You can be inadmissible for entry into Canada even if you were not convicted but the crime would have been one for which you could have been convicted.

Traffic tickets for speeding do not make you inadmissible.

Other Reasons for Inadmissibility

Individuals may also be denied a visa or refused entry into Canada for a variety of other reasons, including security reasons, health reasons, misrepresentation or having a family member who is inadmissible. For a complete list of grounds, see the Citizenship and Immigration web site.