Do I still need to apply for that temporary resident permit that you/someone mentioned above? Or am I free to travel because beyond 10 yrs means 'forgiven' by Canadian authorities?
You should be able to verify this with the Canadian authorities prior to your trip, but if I am not mistaken, Canada relaxed this restriction just this month.
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Attorney Witt is correct about Canada recently relaxing is policies. Here is a link with more information, followed by specific language on the new policy:
I was convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Am I criminally inadmissible?
If you have been convicted of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will probably be found criminally inadmissible to Canada.
What is the new policy on criminal inadmissibility?
Normally, if you have been convicted of an offence, such as mischief or driving under the influence, you cannot enter Canada without a permit that has a processing fee of C$200. However, in line with Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency may now make it easier for you to enter Canada.
Starting March 1, 2012, you may be able to get a temporary resident permit for one visit without having to pay the C$200 processing fee. To be considered under this policy, you must
•have served no jail time, and
•have committed no other acts that would prevent you from entering Canada.
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