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Inadmissibility / Admissibility

Inadmissibility is a serious matter that can jeopardize the ability of foreign nationals and permanent residents to live, work, visit, or study in Canada. Our practitioners at Cougar have significant experience representing individuals who have been found inadmissible by assisting them throughout their admissibility hearings or subsequent appeals.

One of our lawyers can:

  • Meet with you to discuss your legal issues and how best to address them;
  • Gather documentary evidence, such as medical reports or proof of rehabilitation after committing a crime, to support your admissibility;
  • Compile personal documentation and prepare affidavits to support your admissibility;
  • Make persuasive legal submissions at your admissibility hearing;
  • Arrange for witnesses to give information in support of your admissibility;
  • If necessary, request that a representative of your country’s consulate or of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees attends your hearing; and/or
  • Apply for a temporary residence permit on your behalf, with supporting evidence.

Foreign nationals and permanent residents may not be permitted to enter or remain in Canada if the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have reasonable grounds to believe that they are inadmissible for criminal, medical, or financial reasons; misrepresentation; or non-compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

For more information, please contact Cougar Immigration to arrange for a consultation with one of our immigration and refugee lawyers.



Criminal Inadmissibility

You may be inadmissible to enter or remain in Canada on the basis of criminal inadmissibility if the CBSA believes that you have or will:

  • Be a security concern to Canada: by spying against Canada or its interests, engaging in terrorism, attempting to overthrow a democratic government or institution, threatening Canada’s security, endangering the safety of Canadians through violence, or being a part of an organization that has committed these acts.
  • Violate human or international rights: by being part of a government that has committed such violations, committing a crime against humanity or a war crime yourself, or being prohibited from entering Canada by an international body or assembly
    Commit or be convicted of a crime that is punishable in Canada by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least 10 years; or, if you are a foreign national, if the crime is an indictable offense
  • Be part of a criminal organization or commit a transnational crime, such as people smuggling, trafficking in persons, or money-laundering

If you, are or may be, inadmissible, it is in your best interest to obtain legal advice. 

Cougar will advocate on your behalf and rely on their skill and experience to present persuasive arguments to the Court.

Medical Inadmissibility

A medical exam is required as a standard part of the immigration process. CBSA may find you inadmissible if you have a health condition that can endanger the health or safety of persons in Canada, or if you (will) require excessive medical or social services in Canada.

Cougar Immigration can help you demonstrate that your health condition will not threaten Canadians or cause an excessive burden on Canada’s medical resources by gathering documentary evidence, obtaining medical reports, and making persuasive legal submissions on your behalf in Court.

Financial Inadmissibility

CBSA may find you inadmissible if you cannot or will not support yourself or your dependent family members in Canada. We can compile evidence to establish that you can financially support yourself, or that you have alternative arrangements for financial support.


CBSA may find you inadmissible if you or your sponsor are suspected of giving false information or withholding material facts in your Canadian immigration matters. We can make arguments as to your admissibility and the admissibility of your sponsor based on evidence that the information you have given to immigration officials was accurate, or that the material omitted was immaterial.

Non-Compliance With Immigration Law

There are a number of ways that you can be found inadmissible for failing to comply with Canadian immigration law, including by overstaying your visa, not adhering to the conditions of your visa or permit, or entering Canada without proper documentation. We can help you by obtaining evidence and making legal submissions to establish that you have complied with immigration law and regulations.

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