A previous DUI, DWI, or other criminal convictions can make you “criminally inadmissible” to Canada. Make sure you are aware of the potential consequences of your criminal history before trying to enter Canada. We cover 4 things to remember when entering Canada with a DUI or DWI here.
4 things to remember when entering Canada with a DUI or DWI
- You need a valid Compliant Travel Document. If you are entering Canada as a US Citizen make sure your travel document allows entry to Canada and re-admission to the United States. The following VALID travel documents can be used by US Citizens to travel to and from Canada. Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. Children under 16 only need proof of U.S. citizenship.
- You might need to renew your existing TRP. If you’re not criminally rehabilitated, you’ll need to apply for a new TRP each time you travel to Canada.
- You might not get in. You may not be assured of entry to Canada even if you are technically criminally rehabilitated. It is up to a border authority to allow or refuse entry to any non-Canadian citizen
- Always tell the truth. Tell the border officer the truth when asked if you have a criminal record.
Can I apply for both a Temporary Resident Permit and Criminal Rehabilitation?
Yes. If you are eligible for criminal rehabilitation (CR), we suggest that you apply for it as well as a temporary resident permit (TRP), since criminal rehabilitation is permanent, while the temporary resident permit is temporary.
Canadian Inadmissibility for US Citizens
Will a DUI, DUAI, DWAI, DWI, OVI, or OWI keep me from going to Canada?
Additional Outside Resources
- Rehabilitation for Persons Who Are Inadmissible to Canada Because of Past Criminal Activity
- Government of Canada – Temporary Resident Permit
- Government of Canada – Overcoming Criminal Convictions
- CBP – Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
- DOS – Canada International Travel Information
We Can Help!
The immigration lawyers at Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 30+ years of experience helping people enter Canada with criminal convictions. Contact us today for an assessment of your legal situation.