Immigration Security Inadmissibility Lawyer

Often mere membership in a legitimate political party can cause the Government of Canada to claim you are inadmissible to Canada for security reasons. That political party could be the legitimate government in power of your home country, you may never have served in your home country’s armed forces, and you may never have been involved in political activities. But still Canada will deem you inadmissible, because that party may long before you joined it have overthrown the prior government - perhaps for very good reasons.

How Security Inadmissibility Problems Arise

For some individuals, security inadmissibility may be more individualized than mere membership in a political party. Canada may have concluded from intelligence information it received that you are a security threat to Canada (or are connected to warcrimes). However, it can be hard to know where Canada received its information from, and how reliable that information might be. Even if the information is reliable, it could be a case of mistaken identity where you are being confused with someone else. 

Security inadmissibility can be a great black box, where Canada claims you’re inadmissible because of information received, but then won’t share all that information with you so that you can rebut it.

How to Cure Security Inadmissibility Problems 

Security inadmissibility may be the most vexing of all inadmissibility problems to solve, because the government won't tell you what it knows. Just that it knows something. 

The firm employs a variety of Access to Information Act, Privacy Act, negotiation and court-based tools that may be required to solve security inadmissibility problems. You might be able to convince the government to change its mind through compelling evidence your present, or you may need to proceed before the Immigration & Refugee Board or Federal Court to contest the inadmissibility. Tribunal or court proceedings involving security an intelligence issues can be particularly complex because of potential fights over the discloseability of government information.


The firm's Managing Lawyer gained knowledge of and experience with the Government of Canada's security processes from serving up to an Executive level with many federal departments, including working with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Arms Control & Disarmament Division of Global Affairs Canada and as a Federal Crown Prosecutor. 

The firm’s background in transnational criminal law, the law of armed conflict. and national political and criminal organizations around the world makes it well placed to assist with security inadmissibility issues.