By Garth O'Brien | November 4, 2007
Filed Under DUI
Canada, like every other nation, restricts certain non-citizens from entering their borders. Non-citizens that are not permitted to enter the nation of Canada are classified as members of an Inadmissible Class. Not only are these individuals prohibited from crossing the border into Canada, but it is a serious crime remaining within Canada as a member of the Inadmissible Class.
There are various factors taken into consideration for declaring that a non-citizen should be part of the Inadmissible Class. The factor that is relevant for this site is a criminal conviction for Driving Under the Influence. Canada views DUI as a very serious criminal offense. If you have a DUI conviction do not expect to travel to Canada for any purpose.
There are some exceptions however. Individuals with DUI convictions may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa with the Canadian Government. This can be a time consuming process and does require payment of fees. Allow a many days or, preferable, weeks in advance of applying for a Temporary Resident Visa. The Temporary Resident Visa allows qualifiying individuals to travel within Canada for specific purposes for a restricted duration.
Finally, the Inadmissible status can be removed after a period of many years. Those with DUI convictions must wait for a period of fivce years since the termination of the custodial portion of the imposed sentence. Then the individual can apply for a Minister’s Approval of Rehabilitation. These Canadian Consulates located throughout the United States can assist with these applications:
Consulate General in Buffalo, New York
Consulate General in New York, New York
Consulate General in Detroit, Michigan
Consulate General in Los Angeles, California
Consulate General in Seattle, Washington
If you are required to travel to Canada for visiting relatives, conducting business on a regular basis, or any other purpose you must not drink and drive. Otherwise, if you are convicted of DUI expect to be turned away at the Canadian customs.