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Old 14 January 2013, 08:49 PM
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Canada DUI conviction will keep you out of Canada

Comment: The biggest surprise for most Americans is that they may be turned away at
the Canadian border if they have any type of alcohol related offense.

• It does not matter if you are arriving as a passenger in another person’s

• It does not matter if you have no intention of driving in Canada at all.

The Washington State Ferry reports that during peak tourist season the
Canadian border patrol in Victoria turns back 4 to 5 passengers a week for
DUI / DWI offenses.

• It does not matter if your offense was classified as a misdemeanor or a

• There are no exceptions for fans, guests, officials, or anyone else
entering Canada for special events. Former U.S. President G.W. Bush had to
get a special waiver to enter Canada because of his 1976 drunken-driving
offense in Maine.
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Old 14 January 2013, 08:58 PM
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I guess they make exceptions for professional athletes.
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Old 14 January 2013, 09:06 PM
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Anicdotally, I can confirm something like this. I know a couple that had gotten as far as purchasing a home in Canada when one of them was barred from entering as the result of a 2 decade old DUI. Apparently, there was some kind of remediation he could have done to be allowed entry but there was some legal glitch that prevented him from doing that in the US. End result- the couple had to sell the home they had purchased and are stuck in Conneticut instead, something neither of them is very happy about.
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Old 14 January 2013, 09:14 PM
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How do Canadian authorities know whether a given American has a DUI offense on his record? Do they run checks against U.S. crime databases on every visitor who drives across the border or takes a ferry into Canada?
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Old 14 January 2013, 09:48 PM
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Yes and no. They do run background check on a random sampling of people trying to cross the border. Just like they will occasionally randomly search a vehicle. (The US does the same thing.)
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Old 14 January 2013, 10:20 PM
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For example, if a person has a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol with the blood alcohol reading in excess of 0.08% the person would be inadmissible under A36(2)(b) of Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
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Old 14 January 2013, 11:48 PM
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A DUI can also keep a person out of the USA. Any conviction will prevent a person travelling under the visa waiver scheme, regardless of how old the offence is.
Considering that to get a visa (at least here in Australia) you have to go to the embassy in a major city, possibly interstate, then it's pretty restrictive.
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Old 15 January 2013, 12:47 AM
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Another anecdote, but a girl I know who's family was originally from the states had a brother who was denied entry to Canada due to a DUI that was 10-15 years old. He was in the military, trying to visit his sister and parents from overseas and I believe he ended up stranded at an aiport somewhere between where he was posted and here.
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Old 15 January 2013, 12:50 AM
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It is true, and until recently it was strict enough to include misdemeanor offenses such as petty theft.
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Old 15 January 2013, 12:56 AM
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It is true and probably true for several others. Sounds like that temporary residence pass is a one time thing too. You can't travel there once and then do it again without going through a bunch of hoops.
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