Will Banks in Dubai, Hunt Me Down in Canada? – Kent


“Hi Steve,

I left Dubai without paying my credit card bills with 2 int’l. banks. I am now here in Canada on a permanent resident status. Can they trace me here? I am worried that it might adversely affects my application for Citizenship should I apply after 3 to 4 years. I am really stressed now.



Dear Kent,

It is highly unlikely that anyone will hunt you down in Canada. However, saying that, since you have a residual debt in Dubai and if an arrest was issued for you because of the debt, it may be possible to impact your application for citizenship. Here is what Canada has to say about this issue:

You cannot become a citizen if you:

  • have been convicted of an indictable (criminal) offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act in the three years before you apply
  • are currently charged with an indictable offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act
  • are in prison, on parole or on probation
  • are under a removal order (have been ordered by Canadian officials to leave Canada)
  • are under investigation for, are charged with, or have been convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity or
  • have had your Canadian citizenship taken away in the past five years.
  • If you are on probation or are charged with an offence and are awaiting trial, you should wait until after the probation has ended or the trial is over to apply for citizenship.

However, Canada is not clear if this only pertains to the Canadian legal system or other countries as well.

I think the best and safest thing for you to do is to contact an immigration lawyer now in Canada for specific advice regarding your situation.


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Steve Rhode
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8 thoughts on “Will Banks in Dubai, Hunt Me Down in Canada? – Kent”

  1. What about this? I left UAE about 2 years now and I have default my payment for about 8 months now. The banks use the same method like travelban, police, Interpol etc. I am still in one of GCC country. Am I going to be arrested when I leave for vacation or back after my vacation or both?


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