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Denied Entry into Canada With A DUI

If you are planning to visit Canada in the near future but have a DUI on your criminal record, be prepared to be denied entry to Canada. While a DUI is a misdemeanor crime in the United States, it is a very serious crime in Canada. If you have a DUI but intend to visit Canada, you will have to undergo a strict approval process in order to actually enter. 

Entering Canada with a record for DUI

A temporary resident permit application is one of the common ways that people who have criminal records for crimes like DUI will try to come to Canada. While a temporary resident permit will help you overcome your criminal inadmissibility and enter Canada,they are not easy to obtain.

But if your DUI occurred within the last five years, it could be one of your only options. Be prepared to provide Canadian immigration authorities with all the applicable information about yourself and your offence, including your FBI record and records for all of the places you have lived for more than six months. You must also provide character references and write a personal statement. Finally, in addition to all of the above, you must have a very valid reason for coming to Canada of a very important nature. There are also several important immigration forms that must be filled out.

Another option you have when denied entry to Canada is you apply for criminal rehabilitation. You may only be eligible for this option if your criminal offence, such as your DUI, is over five years old.
While criminal rehabilitation typically has a six to nine month waiting period for processing, if you are approved the inadmissibility to Canada you had will be gone. If your application is denied, you may appeal your denial but you must do so within 30 days.

Entering Canada with a criminal record is a complex process. However. if you want to visit Canada and have a criminal record for DUI – look no further than a licensed immigration attorney. We can assist you in determining what methods of overcoming or wiping away your inadmissibility are best, as well as help you do so. We have helped thousands of people who were denied entry to the US and Canada overcome their difficulties with success. We can help you too!

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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