If I have a DUI, can I enter Canada?
While the Canadian government takes all types of criminal convictions quite seriously, a criminal record for a DUI is something that will most likely render you inadmissible to Canada. This means that if you attempt to enter Canada, you will be told you are inadmissible and you must return to where you came from immediately.
It is not always clear whether you will be rendered inadmissible to Canada or not as all situations and criminal records are different. However, if you are inadmissible you do have a couple of options.
Applying for a temporary resident permit or criminal rehabilitation
The two options available to people who are criminally inadmissible to Canada are criminal rehabilitation and a temporary resident permit. If your offense is more than five years old, criminal rehabilitation may be the best process for you although it takes a little longer. A temporary resident permit is quicker to obtain and would be a good option if your offense is less than five years old.
Both of these options require a significant application process and certain types of supporting documentation, as the Canadian border officials are looking for specific things.
A licensed immigration lawyer in Canada is your best option when it comes to determining if you are inadmissible to Canada based on your criminal record or criminal history. Not only can we help you determine if you are inadmissible and would be denied entry to Canada, we can also help you determine which of the options available to you are best for your situation and help you prepare your application. Give us a call at the phone number above, or send us an e-mail using the form on the right! We can’t wait to help you.
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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