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FAQ Admissibility Hearing

What are the possible outcomes of an admissibility hearing?

If the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – or, in some cases, Citizenship and Immigration Canada – has reason to believe that someone is inadmissible to Canada, they may ask the Immigration Division (ID) of the IRB to hold an admissibility hearing. Admissibility hearings determine if a person may enter or remain in Canada. If the person is not a permanent resident, however, the CBSA may issue a removal order without an IRB admissibility hearing. Based on the evidence presented by the CBSA (or IRCC) and by the person concerned, the ID member (decision-maker) determines whether or not the allegations are founded. If the ID member decides that the allegations are founded, the member issues a removal order for the person concerned. If the ID member decides that the allegations are not founded, the member allows the person concerned to enter or remain in Canada. For further information, contact us.

Why are some people considered inadmissible to Canada?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) screens people for admissibility to Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) may, in a limited number of instances, also screen people for admissibility to Canada. Grounds for inadmissibility include:

  • Failure in some way to comply with Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA);
  • Posing a security threat;
  • Violation of human or international rights;
  • Involvement in crime or organized crime;
  • Misrepresentation;
  • Health conditions (in some cases);
  • Financial reasons; or
  • Accompanying an inadmissible family member.