A DWI/DUI Prevents Entry to
classify certain crimes as a reason to refuse (or limit) entry
into their country.
The Canadian Government has determined certain
individuals are not allowed to enter Canada or to remain inside the
Canadian borders if they have committed certain crimes including a DWI
or DUI offense. Other crimes that may limit admission to Canada
include, without limitation:
Assault or Battery
Any felony conviction will also result in a denial
of admission to Canada.
Approval Necessary for Entry
The only way to seek admission into Canada after a
DWI or other qualifying offense is to apply for a Minister’s Approval of
Rehabilitation. For a DWI, this process can be initiated
only five years after the probationary period for an offense such as a
DWI has elapsed.
Screening has become even more rigorous after January 1, 2007, and a
passport is now required to travel to Canada. Upon entry into
Canada includes the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a
crime?” If you have been convicted of a DWI, you may be denied entry.
Americans can apply for “criminal rehabilitation” by submitting the
- An application form IMM 1444E
- A passport size photograph
- A copy of your passport data pages
- An FBI police certificate
- A state police certificate
- Copies of court documents indicating the charge, section of law
violated, the verdict, and sentencing
- Proof of completed sentences, paid fines, court costs, ordered
- Copies of the text of the law describing the offence.
- Detailed explanation of the circumstances surrounding the
- Three letters of reference from responsible citizens.
- A non-refundable processing fee of $180 USD
Further information can be found at Citizenship and Immigration
Canada's webpage, Overcoming
Call (612) 240-8005
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