Did you know that a California DUI can prevent your entry into Canada for business or vacation? Please click on the link to my blog for a step-by-step analysis of what to expect if you have a DUI and want to travel to Canada, and what you can do about it. Click on the link below for the full story on my blog. http://www.californiacriminallawyerblog.com/2009/11/california_dui_conviction_many.html
WHO CAN'T ENTER CANADA?
In Canada a DUI is a felony and therefore an excludable offense under the Immigration Act. A DUI is an indictable offense in Canada that may be punished by imprisonment for up to a five year term. Anyone with a conviction in the U.S. that is treated as a felony or indictable offense in Canada is excludable from Canada, but even if the offense is not a felony or indictable offense in Canada, Customs and Immigration Officers have ultimate authority to permit and deny entry to Canada.
Almost all convictions (including DUI, DWI, reckless driving, negligent driving, misdemeanor drug possession, all felonies, domestic violence (assault IV), shoplifting, theft, etc) can make a person inadmissible to Canada, regardless of when they occurred. For this reason, it is not recommended that persons with past convictions attempt to enter Canada without first obtaining necessary documents. It is always the final decision of officers at ports of entry to decide if you stay or are removed.
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