DUI and our neighbor to the North (Oh....... Canada) 
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 09:09 AM
Posted by Administrator
From extreme Northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Washington, you can take one step and be in Canada where red-uniformed Mounties smile from atop their horses, everyone has a pile of oil shale in their backyard, and kids play hockey outside on frozen ponds all year long. But, if you have a DUI (or a reckless driving or most any other criminal offense on your records), you aren't allowed in to watch the Argonauts play or to push your wheelbarrow to the vast diamond fields of the Yukon Territories.

This is odd because you can visit just about any other country in the world whether or not you have a criminal record but, on entering Canada, you are obligated to tell the border officer that you have been convicted of DUI, whether or not he or she asks. If you don't, you could be arrested and charged with entering the country illegally. Who knew? (The answer is: my sister, who knows most things and who lives in Vermont which....looked at liberally...is really a Montreal suburb).

From what I have heard and read, if you arrive at the Toronto airport on a 24 hour layover before you continue on to Shanghai....no problem. The entry decision is the border officer's and it would be bad form to kick you out of the country when you are only there to go somewhere else. On the other hand, traveling by car for a Canadian vacation, there is a very good chance a convicted DUIer....even if the conviction was in the distant past.... (or someone with charges pending) will denied entry and turned around.

Exceptions? Hire a Canadian immigration lawyer (they are all over the internet on this one), apply at a Canadian consulate and maybe you'll be in.

For the past 30 years, everyone who pled guilty to a crime in a Florida court has been advised by the judge that a conviction....if the defendant weren't a US citizen....could result in their being denied citizenship and/or deported. But, the system never advised that the same conviction could make perfectly nice U.S. citizens unable to practice their French in Quebec or to ski Lake Louise.
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