Entering Canada with a DUI or criminal record?

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We can help in a confidential analysis of your case, assess all available options, and explore the simplest and safest route towards making sure you have the freedom to enter Canada.

Enter Canada with a DUI

A Driving Under Influence (DUI) or impaired driving offense may render you inadmissible into Canada for serious criminality. Post December 2018, an impaired driving offense, irrespective of where it was committed, shall attract maximum penalty of ten years and shall be considered a serious crime for assessing immigration admissibility.

However, this does not mean a DUI offense means the end of your entrance into Canada. Depending on relevant details, you can explore various options after considering factors including:

  • Duration and purpose of your visit
  • When the DUI offense occurred
  • Penalties imposed and overall seriousness of the offense, and
  • Your clean and responsible record since then.
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Criminal Record

A criminal conviction may mean you may be criminally inadmissible to visit or settle in Canada. Canada’s immigration rules are very strict on this point with conviction for even minor crimes leading to inadmissibility.

However, this does not mean a criminal conviction means the end of your Canadian dream. Of course, it depends on the nature of the offence, passage of time since conviction, whether you can claim deemed rehabilitation, apply for individual rehabilitation, or apply for record suspension or a discharge. 

You can also explore the option of entering and staying in Canada on a temporary resident permit despite your inadmissibility.

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