Can I get into Canada with an OWI?

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KLM Immigration Law
May 23, 2023
Can I go to Canada with an OWI

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Have you ever gotten an intoxicated driving arrest while you were in the United States? Are you an American citizen with an OWI who wants to enter Canada? Are you a foreign national? Experts in Canadian immigration law, our team of experienced attorneys can help you with the necessary requirements of the Canadian immigration authorities to allow you to enter the country, whether it be for business travel or leisure. 

What is an OWI?

OWI, which legally stands for Operating While Intoxicated, is a civil traffic violation, which can make a person inadmissible to enter Canada for a long period of time. It is important to note that you may be deemed inadmissible upon arrival to a port of entry.

For instance, if you commit a traffic violation while operating a motor vehicle, it may be categorized as a DUI. In certain cases, obtaining criminal rehabilitation (CR) or temporary access could allow you entry to Canada. Once you obtain permanent or temporary permission, the Canadian border officers will permit your entry into the country.

An OWI will almost always result in criminal inadmissibility to Canada and by the border authorities, potentially leading to denial of entry by immigration officials and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to contact us for legal advice. Our team of experienced Canadian immigration attorneys will review your case and provide the necessary guidance. 

What leads to an OWI conviction?

The following examples could all result in a OWI conviction: 

  • Driving Under the influence of alcohol: Individuals who choose to drive while intoxicated put themselves and others at risk of accidents, injuries, and even fatalities
  • Driving Under the influence of drugs: Illegal drugs, prescription medications, or even over-the-counter drugs can impair cognitive and physical control, affecting a person’s ability to drive safely
  • Reckless driving behavior: Impaired judgment and decreased inhibitions due to alcohol or drug use can lead individuals to engage in risky dangerous driving behaviors
  • Impaired driving offense: This criminal offense can result in severe consequences, including license suspension, hefty fines, mandatory education programs, and even imprisonment, depending on the jurisdiction

It is crucial to prioritize safety, make informed decisions, and never underestimate the potential consequences of driving under the influence. 

Contact KLM Immigration, your immigration law firm

If you have been charged with an OWI, our team of Canadian immigration lawyers is here to help you. They will look into your arrest record before border officials refuse you entry. Additionally, our services include facilitating the process of your criminal rehabilitation application or of a temporary resident permit, ensuring the best possible chance for a favorable outcome.

At KLM Immigration, we specialize in providing solutions for your legal cases. Do you have a criminal record or criminal convictions? Do not worry. Our team is here to make your border crossing experience smoother and hassle-free. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and let us help you navigate the complexities of immigration law.

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