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Will a DUI conviction, while in Canada, jeopardize my citizenship?

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I am currently in Canada under the Ontario PNP. I was recently pulled over during the holidays and charged with a DUI after leaving a company Christmas party. I have never fallen into any trouble with the law and am afraid that this will impede my chances of becoming a Canadian citizen and permanent resident. Will a DUI conviction while in Canada jeopardize my citizenship?

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  1. Steven Snider on Feb 06, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for your question,

    A DUI charge is considered a serious crime in Canada.

    It is important to note 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.

    In certain DUI cases the Crown prosecutor can elect (choose) to proceed to charge you under a summary offence (less serious) or an indictable offence (more serious).
    Therefore, to answer your question, a DUI conviction in Canada could affect you being able to gain citizenship.

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