If you're already in Canada or arrive at a port of entry and the Canada Border Services Agency claims you are "inadmissible" for some reason, you have the right to a hearing before the Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada. But you've only got one shot to make a good impression.

While the hearing is a bit less formal than a court proceeding, rules of evidence and procedure still apply, documents need to be presented and challenged, and live witnesses may testify and be cross-examined. It's highly advisable to use an immigration lawyer for that process. 

#1 Admissibility Hearing WINNING Tip: Ask CBSA to Withdraw the Hearing REQUEST

There are very dire consequences to losing an admissibility hearing - essentially can be banned for life from Canada unless you obtain a Minister’s Authority to Return (ARC) in addition to otherwise curing your inadmissibility problem.

It’s possible to win an admissibility hearing outright. But if in fact you do have an admissibility issue - like a serious criminal conviction where neither a Canadian rehabilitation application nor a temporary residence permit has been approved - the best way to avoid a lifetime entry ban is to make a compelling written case (together with some verbal negotiation) to the CBSA that their request for the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to hold an admissibility hearing request should be withdrawn.

Withdrawing the CBSA request to the IRB for a hearing won’t cure your inadmissibility problem. But it will mean you won’t risk being banned for life from Canada without an ARC. We represent clients in assembling the compelling documentary materials and written submissions necessary to justify to the CBSA why an admissibility hearing should be withdrawn, and directly negotiate with the CBSA on each client’s behalf.

Why Retain Our Firm to Represent You at Your Admissibility Hearing

The firm’s Managing :Lawyer previously served as legal counsel to the CBSA and IRCC, giving the firm an inside understanding of the way government operates and how negotiations can sometimes succeed where litigation can fail. The firm’s Managing Lawyer is also author of 3 criminal law books and practiced transnational criminal law with the Department of Justice Canada, thus we understand the nuanced nature of foreign criminal offence equivalency, including what arguments can be successful made at admissibility hearings to demonstrate a client is not in fact and law inadmissible Canada.