Criminal inadmissibility

Any inadmissibility that applies to an individual family member will, by law, render the principal applicant and all accompanying family members inadmissible to Canada.

A finding of criminal inadmissibility can result from an actual cpnviction, but may also arise simply from the opinion of a visa officer that the applicant has committed an act outside Canada that would be an offense if committed in Canada.

Sometimes pleading guilty to an offense which appears to be a more practical and less expensive approach than pleading not guilty, has the unintended consequence of creating immigration difficulties later on. These issues may affect applications for both permanent residence and temporary residence in Canada.

Criminal inadmissibility is not an automatic consequence of a conviction outside Canada, however; in gneral the law of the country in which the conviction or offense occured must be compared to the law that would apply the offense had occurred in Canada.

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