The Dos and Don’ts of Entering Canada With a DUI

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KLM Immigration Law
May 1, 2024
The Dos and Don’ts of Entering Canada With a DUI

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Traveling to Canada can become complicated if you have a DUI on your record. The Canadian government takes these offenses seriously, and such offenses may impact your admissibility into the country. Consider these dos and don’ts of entering Canada with a DUI to avoid unnecessary hassles or severe consequences when attempting to cross the border. 

Do Disclose Your DUI

Transparency about your criminal history is crucial when entering Canada. Always declare any DUI convictions upfront. Canadian border officers have access to various databases and will verify your background when scanning your passport or enhanced driver’s license card. Concealing your DUI can lead to a denial of entry and potentially a permanent ban from Canada. Honesty remains the best policy when dealing with border service agents.

Don’t Hide Your DUI

Do not attempt to deceive Canadian immigration authorities by withholding information about your DUI. Failure to give honest information can result in significant penalties, such as a ban from entry in the future. Consider your DUI an essential fact to communicate for smooth travel arrangements.

Do Understand Legal Implications

Understand the details of your case before entering Canada with a DUI. Know the particular time of the conviction and the end of your sentence. Canada assesses admissibility on this aspect, and understanding your situation can help you prepare proper documentation. For instance, you may need court records and evidence of completed sentences. 

Don’t Assume Eligibility 

Don’t assume eligibility when entering Canada with a DUI. Each case is unique, and various factors influence eligibility. Even if you completed the sentence more than five or ten years ago, you might still be inadmissible without a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or Criminal Rehabilitation (CR).

Do Consider Legal Assistance

Seeking help from a Canadian immigration lawyer can increase your chances of successful entry. They can guide you through obtaining appropriate permission, whether applying for a Temporary Resident Permit or pursuing Criminal Rehabilitation. Remember that entry depends on your DUI’s classification under the deemed rehabilitated criteria.

Contact KLM Immigration 

Going to Canada with a DUI on your record can feel daunting, but you don’t have to navigate this complex process alone. At KLM Immigration Law, we specialize in helping individuals overcome the hurdles of DUI-related inadmissibility to Canada. Contact us at 1-(888)-603-3003 to speak to a lawyer today.

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