How to Get in to Canada with a DUI

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Canada, like the United States, has rules that prohibit entry for persons with specific ineligibilities. For example, anyone with a criminal record -- including misdemeanors or Driving While Impaired or Driving Under the Influence, no matter how long ago, may be barred from entering Canada and must obtain a special waiver in advance of travel.Keep in mind that it's possible to succeed without a lawyer, but that's only for those with two or fewer convictions with sentences completed at least five years ago. If that's not you, you will need legal help to get into Canada with a DUI.

Hire a lawyer who is a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, or a member of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society. Canadian immigration forms filled in with an ineligible U.S. lawyer will be returned unprocessed.

Get a copy of all court documents for any and all convictions, including your DUI. Make sure you have proof that all sentences have been completed. You need a letter from probation officer saying probation is completed and a zero balance statement from the court saying all fines have been paid.

Get a recent copy of your FBI identification record. Send a written request and an $18 processing fee (as of time of publication) in the form of certified check or money order or credit card payment to the Federal Bureau of Investigation CJIS Division, Attention: Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg , WV 26306. Include a current, original 10-print fingerprint submission (not previously processed) taken by a local law enforcement agency and bearing your name, date of birth, and place of birth.

Get a recent police certificates from any state where you lived for 6 months or longer in the last 10 years.

Get $200 in Canadian funds for the rehabilitation fee. If your case requires authority from the minister, you will need to pay an additional $800.

Go to any border crossing during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m. with all of the above documents and the rehabilitation fee.

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