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Common Offenses

Common Offenses

Common Offenses

As a general rule, an act of offense committed in the native or any other country by an individual and considered an offense in Canada may create problems in the immigration process for individuals looking to migrate to Canada.

The Canadian government has identified a list of common offenses that may affect your ability to enter Canada. At the same time, every applicant is also provided various options to address the inadmissibility challenges and overcome them.

According to the Canadian government, the following offenses can result in inadmissibility.

Driving offenses Involving the Use of Alcohol or Drugs

One of the most common offenses that affect the chances of immigrants looking to move to Canada is related to driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These offenses are designated according to aspects such as the circumstances in which the offense was committed and the location.

The offenses include driving under the Influence (DUI), driving while impaired or intoxicated (DWI), driving with an impaired ability (DWAI), driving while under the influence (DWUI), operating while intoxicated (OWI), operating under the influence (OUI), and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OMVI).

These offenses typically may lead to inadmissibility. In such cases, the applicant can be turned away from the country’s border. The same rules are applied for immigrants trying to enter the country through road or air.

Reckless Driving

Reckless or irresponsible driving with scant regards to driving rules and disciplined on-road behavior can result in inadmissibility. When the offense is established, it can result in a denial of entry to the country. Dangerous driving also falls in the same category as far as offenses are concerned. A charge of serious driving violation can seriously hamper the ability of the applicant to enter Canada legally. It will apply even if the individual states they do not intend to drive while in Canada.


A broad category of offenses can be included under fraud. It also includes any violation willfully committed with the intent of depriving an individual or company/organization of anything of which they are the rightful owner.

Theft is a common offense that comes under fraud. The type of theft committed and the amount stolen are taken into consideration to judge the seriousness of the offense.

A theft of value less than CAD 5000 is regarded as a non-serious offense. A theft of an amount valuing more than CAD 5000 is considered a serious crime. If a weapon is involved or if there is a threat of violence, these too can come under the category of serious crime under Canadian law.

Using a revoked or canceled credit card deliberately is also considered a criminal offense that comes under fraud. Such an action can affect admissibility to Canada. It is a deceitful act in which the individual making the payment is fully aware that the receiver will not be compensated. The same law applies to a bad check.


An assault in almost any form can result in an applicant becoming inadmissible to Canada. It could be a physical altercation between strangers or a fight between people known to each other crime resulting in injury. Regardless of where the assault has taken place, it can result in inadmissibility to Canada.

In this type of crime, there are aggravating factors such as the use of a weapon, the infliction of bodily harm, etc. In such instances, the offense would be considered a serious crime.

Drug offenses

An individual charged with purchasing, distributing, possessing, and/or consuming drugs can be rendered inadmissible to Canada. The nature and extent of the offense will determine the chances of being denied entry to Canada. The Canadian criminal code classifies drugs according to different schedules. The classification determines the gravity of the criminal offense and the severity of punishment the offense attracts. For example, possession of cocaine is a more serious offense than possession of marijuana.

Canadian law applies different actions specific to the drugs involved in the offense. The seriousness of the crime influences the decision to apply inadmissibility. The strategies to address or overcome inadmissibility are also different. The chances of success in overcoming inadmissibility are driven by the context and circumstances of the offense.

ASI Immigration is one of the leading immigration consultants with many years of experience in providing quality solutions and services to our clients in overseas migration. If you face any problems getting approved for Canadian immigration on account of inaccessibility because of common offenses or other reasons, contact us now.

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