Criminally inadmissible U.S. citizens with DUI convictions who want to enter Canada
U.S. citizens who have been convicted of a DUI in the United States may be surprised to learn that they may be inadmissible to enter Canada – even for a short vacation. While DUI’s are classified as misdemeanors in some states, Canada generally does not admit U.S. citizens who have a DUI conviction. So what can an American do if he/she wants to enter Canada? Fortunately, there are a few options. Deemed Rehabilitation If it has been more than ten years since the completion, you may be deemed rehabilitated depending on:
- The type of crime that was committed;
- The seriousness of the crime was and how much time has elapsed since the sentence was imposed, as follows:
- Ten (10) years for one indictable offence;
- Five (5) years for two or more summary convictions;
- Whether more than one crime was committed; and
- Whether the crime would be punishable in Canada by a maximum prison term of less than 10 years.