Navigating the application process to become a Canadian citizen, can seem like a daunting task. Whether your applying yourself, or helping a family member, it is important to know some reasons you may be refused.

Although every case is different, we’ve outlined the most common reasons why a person’s application may be rejected.


1. Criminal Convictions

Prior convictions play a major role in determining the result of an application. If you, or the individual you are helping, have been convicted of a crime deemed illegal in Canada, you can be denied. Driving under the influence, and assault are all grounds of inadmissibility. Speak to a lawyer if you have been convicted, because depending on the crime, how long ago it was committed and behaviour since, you may still have a change of being approved.

2. Endangerment to Public Health

If an individual is deemed to be a risk to public health and safety, they can be denied. This includes: hepatitis, influenza, measles, and other transferable diseases. Other mental health disorders are often forgotten about, but are included under this. For example: disorders as bipolar and schizophrenia. These are people feared of having uncontrollable, and violent outbursts that can endanger the public.

3. Demand to Social Systems

Certain long term medical issues, can be deemed as having an excessive demand on health and social services. If you have a chronic illness, and are unable to support yourself by working, you may be viewed as being a burden on social services. If this is the case, you may benefit from speaking to a lawyer to determine if you are eligible to apply for humanitarian and compassionate discretion.

4. Lack of Funds

If you are unable to prove you can support yourself, or your family financially, chances are your application will be denied. You will need to provide proof you have a meaningful income coming in. Regardless, if it is from skilled work, investments, or trades, if you cannot prove you can provide for yourself, you may be denied.

5. Misrepresentation

This happens when you withhold material facts. It is important that you, or your loved one, are as transparent as possible in the application process. Being honest, is important because misrepresentation is seen as a serious offence. Misrepresentation can include such things as having a family member sign on your behalf, lying about your age, or marital status.

6. Travel History

If you, or your family member, did not respect the conditions of a prior stay, you may be denied. This can happen if a person overstays the time they were allotted on a prior trip. For example, if the person has stayed longer than a work or study visa permitted, they can be denied.

7. Inadmissible Family Members

If you have a family member that would be considered inadmissible, you too, may be viewed as such. Even a family member that is not accompanying the individual on the move, will be taken into consideration. If you are in this position, speak to a lawyer about applying for a humanitarian and compassion discretion.

8. Incomplete Documentation

This is why it is best to have the paperwork reviewed and explained to you by a trained professional. Not providing the correct documentation, or accidentally missing some information can cause your application to be dismissed. These simple mistakes are easily avoided if you have a professional review them. A professional immigration lawyer will be able to spot any errors, and have them corrected prior to submitting.

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Mo is a seasoned traveller and an adventurous spirit who dreams of visiting every country around the world. When he's not travelling, you might find him writing and cataloguing about his recent trips.

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