Am I able to enter Canada with a DUI?

Did you know that if you have a criminal record, you could be denied entry to Canada? As a general rule, a DUI conviction is the type of criminal conviction that will get you denied entry to Canada. Even if you were only charged with a DUI and did not get involved in a collision, Canada considers the offence serious enough to not let someone with this type of conviction into the country. 

About DUIs when entering Canada

In Canada, a DUI is a very serious crime. In the United States, a DUI is only a misdemeanour crime. This represents a major difference in Canadian and American border policies, as while one DUI conviction can get you denied entry to Canada, it may take multiple offences to be denied entry to the United States for a DUI – but don’t think that your DUI won’t pose problems for you if you’re a Canadian entering the United States… it still can.

Because of these differences, many American citizens are surprised to find that a DUI conviction will result in their being denied entry to Canada.

Previously, while entering Canada United States citizens would be asked if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. But in these post-9/11 times, the United States and Canada share information and Canadian authorities can easily check to see if you have a DUI conviction.

DUIs that are more than a decade old have resulted in folks being denied entry to Canada.

And it doesn’t matter if you have an important business event or a family emergency – once you’re denied entry, you’re denied entry. You must turn around and return to the United States.

Despite having turned your life around or being a completely different person than you once were, a DUI is still a major reason United States citizens are denied entry to Canada.

If you have a DUI conviction on your criminal record, speak with a licensed immigration lawyer. There are several ways to overcome or wipe away your inadmissibility to Canada, even for a DUI.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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