Visiting Canada with a DUI Record
By: Mary Ann Pekara
If you have a DUI on your record and you’re planning a trip to Canada, be prepared. There may be lots of paperwork involved. The reason behind this potential difficulty is that Canada classifies DUIs as automatic felonies. So having a DUI on your record means a visit to Canada could require a stringent approval process or you could be barred from entering the country entirely.
Entering Canada with DUI Record
One of the ways you may be able to enter Canada’s borders if you have a DUI is by applying for a temporary resident permit. However, you must have a compelling reason for this visit and letters of recommendation and other documentation may be required. Unfortunately, this may be the only option for entering Canada if your DUI took place in the last five years.
But if your DUI sentence ended more than five years ago, you may have the option of applying for an Approval of Rehabilitation. The process to attain this approval, however, entails many in-depth steps, including obtaining your FBI record and police records from every state where you’ve lived since the age of 18.
Additionally, you must provide a complete list of home addresses and employers from the age of 18 as well. You can also expect to pay significant fees for this extensive process.
If your DUI sentence is over ten years old and meet certain requirements, you could be eligible for what’s called “Deemed Rehabilitation" to gain access to Canada.
Ask a DUI Attorney About Visiting Canada With a DUI
Before visiting Canada with a DUI on your record, you might consider getting further information on what to expect. A DUI attorney in your state could provide answers on the steps you might have to take for a trip to Canada while having a DUI in your past. Just fill out the form below to connect with an attorney today.