Some countries don’t look too kindly on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, and Canada is one of them. Although Canadians may, for the most part, travel back and forth across the United States border after receiving a single DUI, Americans might just get stopped before they cross into Canada.
But there’s a website run by an immigration lawyer called CanadaDUIEntryLaw.com that says Americans no longer have to worry about having a DUI on their record if they’re crossing the border. All you need to do is sign up for a free consultation and the site says they’ll teach you how to correctly apply for entry.
There are two ways to gain entry to Canada after a DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction. The first is to obtain a Temporary Resident Permit. That permit will let you enter and stay in Canada for a specific period of time, but only if you have a reason to visit. A Temporary Resident Permit can last up to 3 years and is valid for multiple visits.
The other option, Criminal Rehabilitation, is when an American asks Canadian immigration to forgive their DUI or DWI conviction. The person applying must have passed at least 5 years since the completion of all their penalties, and if successful, the applicant will be able to enter Canada freely again without having to renew their documentation.
There’s also the possibility of Deemed Rehabilitation. That occurs when enough time has passed between a single DUI and the completion of your penalties. The time period is usually 10 years, and Canadian immigration will disregard your previous DUI and let you visit the country freely.