If you have been convicted or arrested for a white collar crime,
you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada. Check out a list of
some common types of white collar crime here.
Arrests or convictions of the following crimes may make you
inadmissible to Canada.
White-Collar Crime, as it is commonly called, is typically
conducted by established professionals, either against other
individuals or organizations. Official names under this broad
umbrella term include occupational, corporate, and economic crime.
This refers to mainly monetary-related offences that are committed
against legitimate institutions such as businesses or
When immigrating to Canada, you may be criminally inadmissible
if you have committed a white-collar crime in your country of
origin. In order to rectify this inadmissibility, you may need to
apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, Criminal Rehabilitation, or a Legal Opinion letter. If
not, you may be turned away at an international border
Criminal inadmissibility occurs in cases where an offense was
committed that would constitute a hybrid or indictable offense
under Canadian law. Even if a person was convicted of a
misdemeanor, there is still a possibility that the crime would be
considered an indictable offense under the equivalent Canadian
According to section 37 of the Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act, an individual may be inadmissible on grounds of
"being a member of an organized criminal group" or
"having been convicted of an offense outside Canada that, if
committed in Canada, would constitute an offence under an act of
Parliament punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of at least
In Canada, most of these offences are prohibited under the
Canadian Criminal Code and are enforced, depending on the offence,
by the municipal, provincial, and sometimes even federal police.
However, enforcement can be difficult because the suspects of these
crimes are often employees of the institutions from which they are
stealing and their employers either don't find out or don't
report the crime.
The four most common white-collar crimes are theft of assets,
fraud in the procurement process, accounting fraud, and cyber
crime. The sectors most likely to experience these crimes are
financial services, retail, and communications.
If you have been convicted of such a crime or any other, you may
be criminally inadmissible or require additional documentation to
enter Canada. For more information, click here.
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