A criminal record for DUI can make it more difficult for you to enter the United States for a visit, even if you are a Canadian citizen. Trying to enter the United States with a criminal record could result in your being denied entry, which can be highly upsetting and inconvenient.
Even if the DUI conviction is very old, you could still face being inadmissible to the United States.
Being denied entry to the United States and applying for waivers
Someone who is denied entry to the United States for a DUI or for other reasons could be eligible to apply for a United States waiver of inadmissibility. People who are applying for United States waivers of inadmissibility must apply in person at the United States border or designated port of entry, and they will be mailed their results after six to nine months.
If they are denied a United States waiver, there are 30 days to appeal so they must act quickly.
A licensed immigration lawyer or immigration attorney is the perfect person to speak with if you have a criminal record for DUI or a criminal record of any kind and you want to enter the United States. They can assess your situation and help you figure out if you would be inadmissible to the United States based on your criminal history, as well as if you would qualify for a United States waiver. The waiver application itself can be very difficult, so they can also help you with your application. Remember, it can take several months to fully process and application for a United States waiver, so give us a call as soon as you know you need to travel to the United States. Give us a call!