glossary

admissibility hearing

At an admissibility hearing, the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) decides if a person is inadmissible to Canada. The IRB decides this based on whether the person meets the legal requirements for the immigration status they want to get or keep.

An IRB member looks at the evidence and decides whether the person:

  • has the right to enter or remain in Canada, or
  • should be forced to leave.

For example, if a permanent resident is convicted of a serious crime, the IRB can order that they be deported.

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