Americans Denied Entry to Canada for DUI
A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or drunk driving conviction can cause you to be denied entry to Canada, even if you are an American citizen. If you have a criminal record for a DUI, you will simply be turned away if you try to enter Canada and you must return to the United States.
While most criminal records can get you denied entry to Canada, the Canadian government takes DUI convictions very, very seriously.
Options for Denied Entry to Canada Due to DUI
If you are denied entry to Canada for a DUI on your criminal record, you could consider applying for criminal rehabilitation. You will only be eligible if your conviction is older than five years, and to do this you must apply for criminal rehabilitation at your Canadian consulate or embassy.
Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit
Another option you have when you are denied entry to Canada for a DUI is to apply for a temporary resident permit, sometimes called a visitor visa in Canada. When you apply for a temporary resident permit, you will be able to enter Canada despite already being criminally inadmissible.
When you apply for a temporary resident permit, you have two options. You can apply at the Canadian port of entry (like an airport) or at the Canadian border, and if you are approved you will be approved on the spot – allowed to enter Canada. However, the major downside to this method is that if you are denied – and many of these applications are – you will have travelled all of the way to the borer or port of entry and not be allowed to enter.
You may also apply at the Canadian Consulate in the United States by mail. While this method takes several months to process, you will not have to travel.
Understanding Your Criminal InadmissibIilty
Applying for a temporary resident permit is not an easy process. You are criminally inadmissible to Canada and will have to provide a lot of information to the Canadian immigration authorities so they can look over your case very, very closely.
In addition to providing them with the details of your criminal conviction, you will have to convince them that you will not overstay your temporary resident permit, and that you will leave Canada when you are done with you visit. You can do this by providing proof that you have strong ties to the United States, namely that you have a job there, immediate family there or that you own property there.
Have You Been Denied Entry to Canada Due to DUI?
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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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