Going to Canada with a DWAI

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KLM Immigration Law
May 9, 2023
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Thinking of going to Canada with a DWAI on your criminal record? Read this article to find out if Canadian border officials will let you enter the country if you have a DWAI. What steps do you need to take to have all in order for the immigration officer?

What is a DWAI?

DWAI stands for driving while ability impaired. This offense will generally appear on your criminal record, and you may have issues with entering Canada.

What is the difference between a DUI and a DWAI?

DUIs and DWAI all have to do with a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle while being in an intoxicated state by either alcohol or drugs. DWAI and DUI can vary in their severity and will be prosecuted by law. As a general rule, the following offenses might all lead to a refusal at the Canadian border:

  • Careless driving
  • Drunk driving charges
  • Reckless driving
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

Depending on your individual case (first-time DWAI violation, etc.), there might be a permanent solution or a temporary solution to help you gain entry to Canada. Our experienced immigration lawyers can help you assess your driving offenses and determine which course of action is best for you.

How to apply for entry with a DWAI?

The date of your DWAI and whether you have other criminal offenses will determine if you can apply for entry to Canada with a DWAI. Remember that Canada has full DWAI life-long access to any country’s vehicle databases and can see your driving record when you reach the border authorities. Due to the varying degrees of this offense, we recommend speaking to our Canadian immigration law firm for a personalized approach and accurate legal advice.

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