I live in Canada and 7 years ago I pleeded guilty to a first offense DUI. Can I now travel out of country?
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I assume you are a Canadian resident and the DUI conviction is in the USA? This question is posted from 'CANADA, KY". You need to consult with local counsel to assist you. I know of no restrictions on travel from a 7 year old DUI conviction, which terms have long expired, I assume.
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As a general rule, Canada does not allow persons with DUI's to enter their country, although travellers who require in-depth information regarding the process of applying for a waiver or other admissibility questions can reach the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) during regular business hours, Monday to Friday (08:00 - 16:00 local time, except holidays) by calling either (506)636-5064 or (204)983-3500.
You may also view the following links with CBSA on their waiver process:
Citizenship & Immigration (for related policies and procedures on waivers): http://www.cic.gc.ca/
CBSA’s home page: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html
CBSA’s Contact page: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/bis-sif-eng.html
CBSA’s info for non-Canadians: http://cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/noncan-eng.html
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Are you a Canadian citizen?
Was the DUI in Canada?
If you are not a Canadian citizen, you will need to get a waiver from Canadian Immigration. Talk to a Canadian Immigration lawyer about this before you leave the country and get it squared away.
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You should but may check with each country which you will be entering. If you have a DUI conviction in Ky, it may be difficult to get into Canada. Being over 7 years old, you may be able to travel. You should also discuss with a local attorney the possibility of expungement of the DUI.
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