ENTERING CANADA WITH A DWI ON YOUR RECORD
Any impaired driving conviction can greatly impact your ability to enter Canada. This is because anyone that has ever been convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (e.g., DUI, DUAI, DWI, and/or DWAI) is deemed “criminally inadmissible” to Canada. This can lead to an individual being criminally barred from Canada for a period of 10 years after conviction.
There are, however, legal remedies available for individuals with a DUI on their record. Both options may help you regain access to Canada during a ten year restriction, but each will require meticulous planning, a good deal of effort, and a little help from our team here at Berardi Immigration Law.
HOW TO OBTAIN PERMISSION TO ENTER CANADA WITH A DUI
If you have a DUI on your record, there is still hope. It is still possible to gain entry to Canada, but you will need to correctly apply for and then successfully receive permission from Canadian immigration authorities to enter the country.
A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) allows an individual to enter and/or stay in Canada for a specific period of time if a valid reason for entry can be established. A TRP is typically granted for one off, short trips. A TRP is a temporary solution to the 10 year ban on admissibility, but it provides individuals with an avenue for redress while they wait for a permanent solution to become available.
A Criminal Rehabilitation application is a permanent solution to having a DUI on your record. Essentially, it is a petition to Canadian immigration authorities asking the government to forgive a prior DUI conviction. This option, however, is not immediately available. To be eligible, five years must have passed since the completion of all conditions related to your DUI sentence. If approved, the individual is given a fresh start in the eyes of the Canadian government and allowed to freely enter the country.
THE BERARDI ADVANTAGE
It is often difficult and intimidating to hire a lawyer to resolve complex legal issues. It becomes even more stressful when hiring a lawyer requires you to contact professionals in a foreign country. Generally, resolving Canadian immigration issues means hiring a Canadian law firm. With Berardi Immigration Law, however, we have our very own Canadian attorney on staff. Our team is well prepared and experienced in helping individuals travel to Canada with a DUI on their record.