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Often, Canadian border officials will use their discretion to deny entry to individuals who they feel could pose a threat to Canada or Canadians. In many cases, criminal records are the reason these individuals are denied entry and many of these people do not pose an actual risk. Of these criminal records, a record for a DUI (Driving under the influence) is one of the most common reasons someone would be denied entry to Canada.
If you have a DUI conviction, you will need to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer to determine your eligibility for some of the options that are available to you. While if you try to enter the country as is you could be denied, you could be able to overcome your inadmissibility if you sort out your options in advance of your travel.
You could apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, which can be done at the border and will allow you into the country. You will have to demonstrate that you have a pressing matter or emergency that requires you to enter the country, and just because the option is there for you to apply at the border does not mean that you will be approved.
You could also be eligible to apply for criminal rehabilitation, which is another option available to individuals who have a criminal record that is older than five years. This is a permanent way of removing your inadmissibility to Canada, but you cannot do this at the border. You must apply to your local consulate or Canadian embassy, and this application can take months to process. You can also apply for a Temporary Resident Permit in this manner as well.
If you have a DUI conviction on your criminal record or any other type of criminal record, you could be denied entry to Canada. All of Niren & Associates’ cases are handled by independent, licensed and award winning Canadian and U.S. lawyers who adhere to the highest standards of client service. If you have been denied entry to Canada for DUI, we may be able to help. Contact us to book a consultation.
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