3 Ways to Legally Travel to Canada with a DUI Conviction

3 Ways to Legally Travel to Canada with a DUI Conviction

Tavel to Canada w DUI - Blog Photo 1 - 1.2.15If you have a DUI, or even a negligent or reckless driving amended from a DUI, you may be barred from travel to Canada. However, you have three options to legally travel to Canada with a DUI:

1. Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit

If you completed the terms and conditions of your DUI sentence, you may apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. The cost is $200 Canadian. Start early; the process can take months.

2. Apply for an Approval of Rehabilitation

If you completed the terms and conditions of your DUI sentence more than 5 years ago, you may apply for an Approval of Rehabilitation. The cost is $200 or $1000 Canadian depending on severity of the charge you ended up with.

You will need a “police certificate” of criminal history from every state in which you have lived since age 18. You will also need to provide home and work addresses for every state in which you have lived since age 18. Again, start early; the process can a year or more.

3. Apply for an Approval of Rehabilitation at the Border

If you completed the terms and conditions of your DUI sentence more than 10 years ago, you may apply for an Approval of Rehabilitation and be approved at the border. Arrive at the border with a completed application. Not sure about the cost of this one.

I am not a immigration attorney, I am not licensed to practice law in Canada, and, as with every blog post, the information herein is not legal advice or a substitute for legal advice. If you have questions contact the Immigration Section of the Canadian Consulate or a Canadian Immigration Attorney.

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