If I have a DUI will I be denied entry to Canada?
Being denied entry to Canada is a very serious matter. Worse, it can be embarrassing, upsetting and completely ruin any plans you had. It does not matter if you were visiting friends, you’ve spent a lot of money on a vacation or you’ve got a very pressing family emergency in Canada. If you are deemed inadmissible, you can’t come in. You’ll have to turn around and go home right away.
The reasons people are denied entry to Canada can vary immensely, but one very common reason is having a criminal record, especially a criminal record for a DUI. Canada takes these very seriously. But does that mean you’ll never be allowed to come to Canada? No!
Entering Canada with a criminal record
Someone who is inadmissible to Canada because of a criminal record or a DUI is not without options. Specifically, there are two options. Which of these options is right for you depends on your personal situation, your criminal record, and even the age of your criminal record.
For example, someone whose criminal record is less than five years old can consider applying for a temporary resident permit, which is a special document that is like advance permission to enter Canada despite being criminally inadmissible. This is a good idea if you just need to visit for a short period of time.
The other option is criminal rehabilitation, which is an option for people who have a criminal record from longer than five years ago. This is a much longer and more difficult process than applying for a temporary resident permit, but still, it is a more permanent result and your inadmissibility will be removed.
Do you need help? We have helped thousands of people gain admissibility to the United States and Canada when they were criminally inadmissible or inadmissible for other reasons. We can help you too! Give us a call a the number above.
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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