Understanding DUI Inadmissibility

Does a DUI Conviction Affect Entry to Canada?

Having a DUI conviction in the US can lead to criminal inadmissibility in Canada, impacting your ability to cross the border for any reason. This restriction applies not only to individuals with DUI convictions but also extends to family members accompanying them. Various offenses related to impaired driving fall under this category, creating a significant barrier for entry.

Misdemeanor DUI Convictions and Inadmissibility

Even a misdemeanor DUI can result in a declaration of inadmissibility to Canada. Regardless of the severity, any DUI conviction poses challenges when attempting to enter Canada. However, there are relief measures available to overcome this hurdle, depending on individual circumstances.

Relief Measures: Criminal Rehabilitation (CR) and Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

Understanding Criminal Rehabilitation (CR)

Criminal Rehabilitation is a legal process allowing US citizens with DUI convictions to request Canadian officials to consider the convictions as served and closed. This option becomes available five years after completing all DUI sentencing requirements, providing a pathway for individuals to enter Canada without facing denial due to previous DUIs.

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) is another avenue for US citizens declared inadmissible to Canada due to DUI convictions. This permit allows temporary visits, contingent upon a valid reason, and is subject to the discretion of the Canadian immigration officer.

Applying for Both CR and TRP

While Criminal Rehabilitation offers a permanent waiver of inadmissibility, a Temporary Resident Permit provides a temporary solution. In many cases, applying for both can be advantageous. Criminal Rehabilitation ensures a long-term resolution, while a Temporary Resident Permit offers immediate relief, allowing individuals to address their short-term travel needs.

Deemed Rehabilitation: An Additional Consideration

What Does Deemed Rehabilitation Mean?

Deemed Rehabilitation could apply based on factors such as the nature and severity of the crime, time elapsed since sentence completion, the number of offenses, and whether the offense would carry a maximum prison term of under 10 years in Canada. Understanding this concept is crucial for assessing additional avenues for overcoming inadmissibility.


Navigating entry into Canada with a DUI as a US citizen involves careful consideration of available relief measures. Criminal Rehabilitation and Temporary Resident Permits offer viable options, and understanding the nuances of both can significantly impact your journey. Seek professional guidance for personalized assistance tailored to your specific situation.

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