Can you enter Canada from the US if you have a DUI?



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    Wow. I'm not sure I want to be a citizen of the US or Canada at the rate they're urinating all over our civil liberites. Ah nuts to it, I'll just sneak in through the NW territory, it'll be fun. Maybe see me a baar or two.
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    "ive been arrested 10 times and still go into canada with no problems. of course i dont tell them i have been arrested. i have never been asked about my criminal past either. i have entered canada many times both by plane and car. on the other hand, if you were a canadian going to the u.s. with even one arrest, that could be a problem. "

    I hope that this is not too personal, but were you just arressted or were you convicted. There is an important distinction over here in Europe
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    my fiancee and i are planning on driving back from the states into canada, he' s american, I'm canadian. he has an over 11 year dwi which shouldn't be a problem according to the canadian website, but he also has a teeny possession charge.. just a little baggy of pot - probably around 4 years ago. does anyone think this may be a problem driving across?
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    I've been denied entry to Canada based on a false FBI record. It's funny to me that people on the forum think the Canadian customs don't have access to your record. They do. And, for those who are concerned, it's case-by-case basis as you can see, because even though they have rules (like hating theft/shoplifting and DUI convictions less than 10 years old..) it also depends on what your record says about you and whether you are dealing with a concerned agent.
    In my case, even though the charges were dropped and the case dismissed, on my FBI record, which they showed to me, it states that I am a "fugitive from justice." I only have problems at the Vancouver/Seattle border crossing though. My friend was denied in New York for an old shoplifting conviction.
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    Very interesting to read your comments, cee. I have a forty-two year old conviction for shoplifting and it showed up on a background check run as a result of a NEXUS application. I honestly thought that charge had been expunged years ago and only vaguely remember the incident itself. Three years after that a charge for disorderly conduct - and nothing else for over forty years. Suffice it to say, I learned from those mistakes when I was 18 and 21 respectively. I held the same job for 35 yars - I have bought and paid for my home - I am on various local authority Commissions and Boards.
    So now I am having to pay the $200 fee for 'Rehabilitation' - not to mention spend an exorbitant amount of time on trying to obtain permission to enter Canada. It will cost me another two to three hundred dollars to obtain all of the records that they want ME to provide (when they already have them). It is also going to cost well in the area of about $2500 to have these two incidents researched and ultimately expunged.
    I really don't mind going through whatever dog and pony show Canada would require if it weren't for having to supply duplicate information THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE..... and having to wait months to get it done. I should think a background check that shows no criminal activity in 40 years plus letters of reference and job history should suffice. I think both sides are a bit over the top.
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    What happens to the driver of a car that has a passenger who is out on bail awaiting a court date for a misdemeanor? The passenger is, I assume, not supposed to leave the country, but if she/he is caught at the border, is the driver of the car he/she is in held responsible?
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    It all depends on what custom agent you get some just pass you through some do everything exactly how the book tells them. I have watched the agents read their manual to figure out what to do in their situation. Then again they themselves were an immigrant to the country of Canada, kinda ironic really...Good luck crossing have fun and spend some money.
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    i was planning on taking a cruise that brings us into canada, i have a dwi, that i am still without driving privlidges because of. i keep hearing about trouble driving or flying in, but what about cruising?
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    I Entered The Us From Canada Many Years Ago With A Friend That Had A Previous Conviction (Which I Didn't Know)I Was Charged With Stealing A Car Stereo At 18 Yrs + A Week But Was A Accesory To The Fact. I Went To Court Got Discharched As I Fled Not Wanting To Pertake.I Was Brought Up In A Law Abiding Family. I Also Aplyed For A Pardon Which I Recieved. BOOM US Customs 4 Hours Lucky We Hit The Tax Free Place 2 40s And Got Free Carrage Back Into Canada.In My Interview They Said Do You Know Its A Priverlage To Visit The USA LOL. Duis Are Not Allowed Into Canada Or Pardons From Canada Into The US. So Wake Up Smell The Coffee, Both Coutries Have Thier Ways.
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    I wasn't so lucky and got a DUI 4th of July 2010, never ever had any other offenses or bad record before this =( Damn it cost me so much stress and money that I quit partying and drinking! Anyways..we have a family emergency that came up and my family and I are planning to drive from California to Canada for the weekend to see my very ill grandma. Since we driving across border, will they let me cross into Canada with my US passport or ID..its no longer a restricted license since i fulfilled all my classes and fines.

    Any advice?

    PS: i even contacted a local CA police station and he said he never heard such thing as Canadian stopping DUI offenders from crossing border ;/
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    Let me tell you..... I have been to so many countries in my life and let me tell you... The CBSA is the most arrogant, racist and unprofessional border agency I have ever seen in the world.

    When you go to even richer and more developed countries like France, Germany, UK, Japan, and Australia, they always treat you with some kind of respect and dignity unless you are an obvious smuggler or terrorist. But those Canadian border agents always want to look like American guards and try to show you how aggressive they can be and try to look like they are like the most powerful super power country like the United States.

    The Canadian border guys act like they can be as aggressive as the US border guys. If you are not white, things get worse. They assume that you are a potential illegal immigrant if you are Asian or hispanic.

    I mean even those richer and more developed countries like France, Germany, Australia, Japan, and UK don't act like that but why the hell do those Canadians act like that? They wanna look like Americans? The fact is that they dislike America very much. It is very ironic that they don't like America much but they wanna look like Americans.

    At least America had 9/11 and Bin Laden and is dealing with terrorists and I can understand that but why do Canadians act like they are the most powerful superpower in the world? Also, the question is, is the Canadian CBSA's arrogant attitude helping them catch any terrorists? The answer is NO. Instead of catching terrorists or making Canada safer, they are harrassing innocent and genuine travelers. They could harass white Americans for very minor things and if you are black, asian or indian, they become very racist.

    Yes, the US customs and Border Protection agents are tough too but let me tell you. I'm a recently neutralized US citizen. Before I became a citizen or even before I got my green card years ago, I went through extra screening at American airports when I was travelling to the US, but it was always dealt professionally and IN ORDER and if you have nothing to worry about then it is always fine.

    But CBSA agents always just try to look how aggressive they can be and they just do what they think they want to do. Nothing is in oder. The way they look through your bag and stuff is very chaotic and unprofessional. Many of them are rookies. Instead of securing Canada's border, they are just interested in harrassing people. The Canadian border guards just want to have the way the American guards talk and the black uniforms but they have no idea how professionally those US CBP agents are actually working to protect the country in the back.

    When you go into the US, you will see many old veterans in the US CBP but in the Canadian side, most of the agents are young faced rookies. They are very unprofessional and they are racist, coward and arrogants nazis.

    Also, did you know this? The Canadian Border Service Agency doesn't even protect Canada's border. About 99% of Canada's border patrol is dealt with the RCMP (Canada's national police) and the CBSA is usually just at border enterances. So fact is this.....

    CBSA agents are just corwards who want to LOOK like cops but too coward to become real cops and put their lives on duty. They don't even protect Canada's border. Canada's national police RCMP does most of border patrol and the CBSA is just full of all the racist dickheads who think that they look like cops with guns and badges and they enjoy their power when they deny your entry.


    Unlikely all the other countries' border agents, the Canadian CBSA guys hide their names with number tags. When you go to Canada next time, look at their name tags. They don't show their names. Not even last names.

    Why do those Canadian border guys hide their names? They DO know that they are racist and do something they are not very proud of. That's why they don't want to reveal their names. Even the US Customs guys have their last names on their badges. Canadians are the only ones who don't wanna show you their names. They know they are doing something they are embarrassed of.

    All the other Canadian police officers have their names on their name tags. But as I said, Canadian Border Service agents are just arrogant, racist dickheads who want to look like cops but too coward to be actual cops and they just want to look as aggressive as American border guards but NOT as professional as (far far far less) the US guys and the fact is that Canada is not America and all the other countries that are richer and more developed such as UK, France, Australia, japan, Swiss and Germany treat you with much more respect and dignity.
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    in addition to dui, drug related crimes, i have been convicted for crimes that i care not to discuss on here. i tried to enter canada and was denied entry. their loss though. i enjoy getting high. who is canada or anyone else to tell me that is wrong? hello! im coming canada to spend AMERICAN dollars. shouldnt canadians be on their hands and knees for me? nothing i cant get in the states that they have in canada anway.
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    get out of your car and walk around... works every time
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    wow.....I guess ima die without seeing the world.. Just cuz I had 2 beers...
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    i have a friend of mind who currently living in america and planing to visit canada canadian boarder are they going to ask his buget
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    Life is extremely unfair. These agents need to understand that we are human and we all make mistakes. I lived in the U.S. for over ten years and made a lot of friends and have a lot of family that I left behind when I moved back to Canada. I always go back to visit them on an annual basis ever since 2009. My record was always clean and they'd only ask me if I was financially supporting myself and who I was staying with whenever I had to go to the U.S. border to cross over to America. I remember back in '09 when they actually called one of my relatives to ask her if she was expecting me and I thought that while it was a bit over the top that it made sense. They are extremely cocky, though and seem to want to find ANY reason what so ever to turn you back. This is the problem with people having power and their abuse of it. Which brings me to this: last year I was arrested for possession of a stolen item. I've never had a criminal record and I was just at the wrong place and the wrong time. I tried being a good Samaritan by stopping a robbery and was in possession of the ring by the time the cops came for questioning/searching. I spent thousands of dollars on a lawyer trying to clean my name. Luckily the charge was lessened but I still had to plead guilty to it. I am now doing a character witness profiling where relatives and friends have to go see a judge to let them know how I am and see if he can erase my record from the database.

    Now, Wrestlemania is coming up and I plan on going to Miami. I've purchased my tickets and everything and have invested over 2000 dollars on this trip. I am scared shitless because now I know for a fact that they are gonna see what happened last year and now I fear that I will be turned away. The problem is, you can't even reason with the U.S. agents. These guys have no sympathy what so ever. It's as if they LIKE to turn people away. I feel as if the rules should be changed because in all honestly they are a bit too sensitive. I feel like if you should bar anyone from entering your country then it should be under suspicions of terrorism or someone trying to illegally enter. On a crime note, only convicted felons should be banned from entering. I find that they are going over board with stupid charges like petty theft, DUI's, battery, and so forth. I mean yea, if we have those charges then screen us in a backroom and see where we are mentally to see if we can enter the U.S. or at least give us the chance to plea and show you that we will not do anything stupid in your country. And it's not to even say that I committed any sort of crime. I simply tried to stop a robbery which was a dumb move and now I got f'ed over in the end, but complaining about it won't get me into the U.S.

    I really don't know what to do. I am going to take the chance and I plan on going by plane. I've been going by greyhound during my previous trips due to it being much cheaper. I hope by me showing the agent my Wrestlemania ticket(s) and he sees how much I spent that he will understand and let me cross. Plus my charge is only a misdemeanor so I hope that plays a good factor into me being able to get in. God this has not been a good two years for me other than my son being born.
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    I've never had a DUI at all.... never driven drunk period. I just found out that I have a warrant for my arrest that is 6 years old !!! It is a felony I have no clue how or why it is existent. It's theft related. If I want to come to Canada, will a felony warrant for theft that is 6 years old show up at the border ?? I mean I was never arrested so obviously it's not a conviction. But do the border agents do a background check on every person who tries to cross into Canada ??? I have been stopped for a few traffic violations & gone to many gov't offices in the past 6 years and NEVER EVER did any police or gov't official tell me I had a warrant out !!!! So how would Canada know ?
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    I have always appreciated Canada and recently met several Canadians while on a Christmas vacation in Mexico. This is where I learned of this absurdity. Cops suck everywhere as they are all about power! Interesting though one of the Canadian chics I met in Mexico said that their local cops are very lenient. Stating that getting out of tickets is somewhat easy that the cops there will actually try to help you. Though she was female in case you guys are wondering she was just an average looking female. Our local cops are assholes. I am in NC if anyone is interested. Surely their are a decent one or two, but most of us would sacrifice those few to get rid of the others. Any law prohibiting entry for a misdemeanor is absurd. Almost everyone I know has some sort of record in their past and most folks have already paid their time and lots of money. My desire to go to Canada would really only be to see Celine Dion as I know I have visited Niagra Falls as a child. Considered moving to Montana, but this even halted that idea as I would be tempted to go to Canada to visit only. Less than five yrs since my DWI and still paying for it in many ways here in the US and didn't hurt anyone. I already resent the cops here in the US and all this just makes me sick. Im sure I could eventually get into Canada with a temporary pass, but frankly I have no desire to enter Canada at all now. I wish the US would make it hard like this on EVERYONE! I want to move from my town so bad and the reason IS because the US allows anything and everyone in, and Im not talking about to VISIT I am talking about to live. The whole system is screwed up! Guess I will have to go to Vegas to see Celine. As far as where to move still looking...looking for serenity, water, country, nature. I want to be away from everyone. Have peace again. For those that are wondering I have taken responsibility for my DWI conviction. I have also been punished much harsher than the crime. I have resorted to hanging around and asking of people rides from those that I wouldn't normally even associate with, and still knowing that it has been these very same people that have allowed me to survive. I have become not only grateful but forever indebted to them. I am a single mother of two girls and I have asked for rides ranging from anything to the grocery store and kids' dentist appointments to replacing my household appliances or work. This has been going on since 2008. Yes I have and use public trans as well. Long ago I paid all my monetary obligations and did all the stupid classes required that discussed cocaine and other drugs as much or more than alcohol. I went to church every single Sunday before this happened and have always considered myself to be a good citizen. Paid my own way since 17 and single mother of two with no child support for the past 9 yrs. I was unable to visit my mother in a neighboring town dying of cancer very much because of having no license. My father passed also one yr later and didn't get to visit him much for the same reason. I haven't been to church in 4 yrs now and I miss it terribly. This has taken a toll on me in every way imaginable from the raising of my girls, the ease of getting around, the company I have kept, tons of money, self-esteem, everything! Sadly, it still isn't over either. I am not a felon, but jobs are already hard enough to get with this not making that any easier. So the way I figure it, I have done my time when I get my license back, and I will. When I do I should be allowed to visit Canada with no problem, and if that is a problem then I have lost all desire to EVER go to Canada.
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    @DJ Whyte: We went there because Al-Qaeda was there. Our military is retarded? Who killed Osama Bin Laden, hmm? U.S. Navy SEALS. Our military has been, so far, many times more productive than yours, so stop dissing the U.S. So far, the U.S. has trained several Afghan combatants, and is creating a formidable military to leave when we pull out. We're leaving an impact.
    As far as the idea of God being an imaginary friend, that's just stupid. Our motto for years has been God Bless America. So I say once again: God Bless America.
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    "My desire to go to Canada would really only be to see Celine Dion as I know I have visited Niagra Falls as a child."

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    I was recently accepted to do my PhD work in Canada. Problem is I got a first (and last) OWI about 1 year ago. Contacted the consulate to hear that the TRP process would take approximately one year. Need all sorts of documents and $200 application fee on a dice roll. I'm tempted to just chance it at the border, apply for a study permit and hope nobody asks. If someone does, I'll have to be honest and apply for the TRP at the border. But, I've heard TRP's are hard to get and they require exceptional circumstances. I hope studying for a doctorate in Canada might be considered exceptional. I don't know they just make you ineligible for a driver's license, and if they ever catch you driving, just deport and ban you from Canada. Both the DUI and marijuana things are dumb on both the US and Canada's part. I can understand trafficking or felony-related drug convictions, or multiple DUI's or with injuries. Other dumb, minor mistakes should be admissible. I'm considering writing both the US and Canadian governments about this issue. I thought the US and Canada had a good, open relationship with trust and responsibility. I guess that's not totally the case.
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    I was very lucky to find someone very interesting on line in Mid-November. That was the good news. The first bad news was delivered by Mapquest: she was 621.48 miles away....But, we e-mailed and talked...then talked and talked some more. After a month and a half, curiosity got the better of both of us. We began seeing each other on New Year's weekend. It went well. The drive was long enough. Adding to the duration was the length I was waiting to get across the border. Thinking I might save some time, I was about to make a huge mistake. I applied for a Nexus pass on line. I was asked on the application if I had ever committed any serious crimes. Thinking nothing of it (I have not had a drink in 19 years), I disclosed three DUI's all of which occurred in the 1980's. The last occured in 1987, almost 25 years ago.

    Five weeks ago, I received a call from a border agent. I was expecting a few routine follow-up questions quickly leading to her advising me that my application for the Nexus pass was to be approved. I was shocked when she told me that the purpose of her call was to inform me that I was not eligible to be in Canada. Anyone who has been in a new (and great) relationship can imagine how I felt. The officer was kind enough to tell me about an expedited process and give me the number of another border agent. When I told her that my girlfriend had no passport she advised me of another possible way I might enter Canada but, with the caveat that it would be at the border officer's discretion to allow me to enter.

    I called the other border officer then went on line as soon as I could to begin putting together the paperwork necessary for reinstatement. I studied the language of the requirements for "rehabilitaton" then went to each county courthouse to obtain the necessary records. I searched law libraries to get copies of the statutes which contained the sections of the criminal code under which I was charged. I set up appointments as soon as possible to obtain my state criminal background checks as soon as possible. I made an appointment with the county sheriff's office which is necessary to take fingerprints for the FBI criminal background check. Whenever possible, I obtained certified copies of court records. I sent my FBI background check certified mail, return receipt requested. I had two passport photos taken. I obtained three letters of recommendation (actually, only two are necessary).

    After I had obtained everything necessary but for the FBI background check (which can take up to 8 weeks), I put together the packet, double and triple checked it against the checklist provided by the Canadian government (both on line and in the packet they send you) then drafted a cover letter covering every single item in the checklist (just to make sure I had not forgotten everything).


    I then sent my application by Fed Ex (you will require a Fed Ex store that does international deliveries if you want overnight delivery).

    I kept the multiple copies of my packet.

    I then called the officer in charge of my case. I told her that my packet was assembled and on its way. We then discussed what the first officer had told me (that I might be allowed in Canada if I showed up with a copy of my entry packet). I was very disheartened when she advised me that I would likely be turned away.

    I was feeling very discouraged, THEN I FOUND THIS BLOG. I read the posting of someone with almost an identical situation (except that he had a job interview rather than a girlfriend in Canada). He was was allowed entry. I talked to friend with (U.S.) Homeland Security. He thought my chances for admission were, maybe, a little greater than 50/50 despite what the border agent processing my paperwork had advised.

    I decided to suck it up and give it a shot. I drove the 500 miles to the border, handed the agent my passport along with a complete copy of my application and the supporting documents. My heart sank, when he said, "We don't process those here" but, I VERY POLITELY (re)-explained what the first border agent had told me. He wrote up a ticket and sent me to the building that held the immigration agents.

    A very nice female immigration officer took my papers. She told me to have a seat. Shen then informed me that contrary to what the poster on this blog had stated, they do NOT have the capacity to process the applications for reinstatement on the spot at the ports of entry. My heart sank further. I waited anxiously until she informed me that THEY DO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE YOU A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR $200.

    After reviewing my file and looking at my period of sobriety, letters of recommendation and length since the offenses were last committed, she declared me "low risk". She then asked when I thought I might return. When I told her "a couple of weeks", she gave me temporary residence status for up to 3 months, the maximum length allowable.

    Today, a week later, I called the officer processing my paperwork. She commended me for being thorough in assembling the packet and told me that she had seen where I had received my temporary residence permit and was still surprised.

    If you have a similar situation, I think the following would be worth consideration: 1) Put together as much of your application as you can and put it in the order the item appears on the checklist. 2) BE POLITE EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT. You are at their COMPLETE MERCY. 3) Dress neatly and conservatively. I was in a dress shirt, dress pants, dress shoes and a suit jacket. 4) Talk in a soft tone. Say "Yes, sir" and "No, sir" when responding to their questions.

    Remember it is your job to convince them that you are not a risk. The easier you can make that decision the better off you will be.
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    A bunch of American hating perverts at the border in Montana.
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    Jeff Iowa Atty: Thanks for your story, I always recommend following protocol and being as thorough as possible. Glad it's worked for you!
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    I use to go to Canada all the time when I was under 21 because Montreal is awesome and drinking age is 18. From 2005-2009 about 4 times a year. Me and a bunch of friends use to drive up and go through the main border in New York state closest to Montreal we all had juvenile records for non sense such as underage drinking, assault, breaking and entering, trespassing and DUI. It never was an issue until around 2009 when we heard a rumor they would not be letting Americans in with a DUI. We decided to go for a trip spring of 2009 and out of 6 of us 3 had a DUI so the 3 decided to stay back for fear of being turned away at the boarder. So 3 of us without a DUI went on a road trip to Canada. When we got to the boarder after a 6 hour drive they took our passports and asked if we have ever been arrested we drove from 4am and arrived at the border just after 10am. One of us were arrested we they were 18 but all charges "were dropped" (possession of marijuana(1 gram) and a fake ID) in NYC. So since all our records should have technically been clean we decided before hand to say "no we have never been arrested" if asked. When we said no they scanned our passports and right away they said "we know you have and you should not have lied your in big trouble drive to that building and pull the car over. We did as they said a Canadian border officer escorted us inside the building(precincts/offices)". They yelled at us for a bit saying we could get in enormous trouble for lying and be put in there holding cell. We begged and pleaded explaining we thought the charges were dropped and we drove 6 hours. Finally they let us go and said they are putting a note in there system if we get in any trouble charges will be much worse because we've been warned(which I believe was just to scare us). What may have helped is we were in a new $40,000 Infiniti and were 3 well spoken 20 year old white kids in college. If we didn't talk our way out of it my friend would have spent at least the night in a holding cell or best case scenario we would have had to turn around and drive 6 hours back home. Im unsure how they could pull up all records that even other states or even towns can't pull up but I'm proof that they can and if you live more then an hour away and have a DUI it isn't worth it to try and drive through the border. How ever I have heard flying isnt a problem DK if thats true BC it doesnt make sense. If anyone has had an experience flying please share. Thank you
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    It is very likely the border person will ask for your ID. WHen they do they will run your record. If you have DUI they will send you into the office. At that point they are already typing up your refusal to enter papers. From that point on you are flagged. If you try to go back without applying and being approved for rehabilitation they will not let you in. If you make it in and they catch you in the country you can get put in prison for up to a year and then deported. These guys do not mess around. Too bad our US border wasnt this secure between US and Mexico. It's a pain in the ass.
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    I Was Arrested As A Accesory To The Fact For A Stupid Thing Back In 1980 Had A Conditional Sentence Of 1 Year. My Lawyer Told Me That I Coud Cross The Border No Way. Got Rejected. Got A Pardon But The USA Doesn't Reconize That. Now Have To Pay $1350 For A Border Waiver Fuck That I Got Antlers Fur Coat And 4 Hoofs Going For It Have To See My GF From NJ
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    For a concise explanation of the Canadian immigration laws for foreign nationals with criminal histories, visit
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    Well, if this is the case. You consult someone better to know about this stuffs. Or must try going there and if you have no problem, you can go on but on the other hand you go home.
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    A best bet would probably be to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) in advance. Even if it isn't processed in time for your trip, at least you can print out your prepared documents to show the Canadian immigration or border officials that you've done all you can to address the issue. There's never a guarantee that you'll be allowed in, but this will likely increase your chances of entering Canada with a DUI.
    More info on TRPs and criminal rehabilitation can be found at
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    Ok.....enough of all the flag waiving......
    When I was a young lad of 18 I was busted for two.... TWO joints , personal possesion I believe they called it back then. In The last 32 years I have traveled back and forth from Canada to the US many many times, flown and refuelled in the US tio mexico atleast 7 times, and have traveled to the US for training on numerous occasions. Then...out of the blue last christmas, going to Pheonix as we have twice a year for the last 8 years they decide I'm a criminal, with no-good intentions and refuse me entry....LMAO. here in gods green earth is the sense in this? They stated that well, maybe the gaurds never caught it before. BULLSHIT.....has always been available, I had my passport/I.D every time I traveled, and way do we want your kind here. So.......jumped through the hoops of a waiver, which the US used to grant "lifetime" and have since gone to the 1-5yr granting. Guess what.....1 year and you have to start the process atleast 6 months prior to it running out for the tidy sum of 565.00 to the US government. Add extra costs beyond that, Never again will the US hold me hostage for more of my money, I dont give a rats ass if I ever visit again.....just a money grab if you ask me, ......why dont they try and fix there economy properly so that people who WANT to come, spend money and help the economy truly can instead of riding the backs of people that made foolish mistakes so far in the past but STILL pay the price.....over and over and over again.I think its all a load of crap.........wonder if the new legalized pot laws in some of your states will have a bearing on this kind of stupidity......
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    Has anyone with a past DUI record recently been to Canada? I heard that they easened the rules for those with only one misdemeanor in their criminal background and I will be visiting Canada in August. I do have only one DUI and that is it, but it is relatively a new one and I know it is my bad that it exists; in fact, it was the most stupid thing I have ever done and I admit I should have never done it. So I do respect their laws and I have been to Canada various times before (before I got to have a DUI in my records) and like being there. The problem is I know I am not eligible for a rehabilitation application since the DUI arrest is not old enough. Is there a chance for me to cross the border without them looking at my records or noticing my DUI arrest? I would be more than happy to hear from anyone who has just got into Canada with a prior DUI arrest or has seen someone with such situation let in by the CBSA agents. And would you suggest taking a bus increase my chances to get into the country? Or maybe flying? Train? Thanks a lot and looking forward to hearing from those who have been there.
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    MISTAKE #1!!! While crossing into Canada by car recently as I've done an estimated 700 plus times before this was the first time I have ever been asked to pull over for secondary inspection. Once inside I was asked to fill out a "permission to enter Canada" form. At the bottom of the form was a space for "have you ever been arrested?". I obviously remembered getting a dui over thirty years ago but it was dismissed completely and was told by the judge that the record was sealed. Knowing a prior DUI can deny you entry I answered no. They then escorted me into an interrogation room and asked me to sit down as they had some questions for me. The fellow asked me why I lied on the form about being arrested not once but twice! I explained the first arrest stating the judge had told me it was sealed and would not show on my records. WRONG!!!

    MISTAKE #2!!! I asked what the second arrest was about and he said it's for a failure to make a court appearance. Over twenty years ago I failed to appear in court for a speeding ticket and a warrant was issued. I took care of it and the charges were dismissed. I honestly had forgotten about the bench warrant ordeal.

    The agent proceeded to tell me that since I made a false statement I could be arrested immediately and face jail time and up to $2,000.00 dollars in fines. He said he was going to be nice and let me return to the states because it's too much of a waste of Canadian taxpayers money to arrest me (how thoughtful). I had to sign a permission to leave Canada form and was sent back to the US. Before I left the agent told me if I tried to re-enter Canada without a statement declaring the charge was dismissed I would be arrested immediately.

    I now have my attorney obtaining a letter from a judge stating that the case was dismissed and no charges are pending. Once I obtain the document I'll try and re-enter Canada and see what happens. Long story short- be honest, polite and remember every encounter you have ever had with the police! In my own defense I was never convicted of any offence and felt since I was never convicted I could answer that I was never arrested. WRONG!!! Think handcuffs when you are filling out the form or being asked. If you've ever sat in the back of a police car with handcuffs, you have been arrested whether you are convicted or not.

    The entire incident was very embarassing and the week long trip was over in ten minutes. It's a shame they don't show some leinency for incindents that are twenty or thirty plus years old. For a country that does a lot of tourism business they've lost mine for now.

    As to the comments people have been making bashing border crossing agents.. Remember this, not many people like cops, lawyers and proctologists but hey....somebody's got to do it!
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    I have a similar situation. DWAI from 2003 and have a trip planned to Vancouver to visit my boyfriend and meet the parents... I will obviously be horrified if I am denied entry. I have done tons of research and the best option for me seems to be filing for a TRP on the spot. When I spoke with an attorney in Montreal she said I had pretty good chances since it is my one and only mark on my record. I plan on getting as much paperwork together as possible, along with letters of recommendation and showing reason for needing to be in Vancouver... I'm also looking at UBC. I am more than terrified that I will get turned away and would appreciate any imput or tips anyone has. I have neer been in any other trouble and consider myself a honest and responsible citizen... Except for the obvious time in 2003!

    Once again, I appreciate any advice out there! If nothing else, it will calm my nerves!
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    While your entry into Canada is ultimately at the sole discretion of the border agent, it is always best to be honest. Since 9/11 and especially since 2009 when it became mandatory to present a Passport to enter Canada, the US and Canada have been sharing more information than ever. In other words, border agents are a lot more likely to know the details of your criminal history. If you do have a criminal history, try informing yourself in advance of what steps can be taken (filling out a TRP application, criminal rehabilitation, letter of opinion) to best ensure your entry into Canada.
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    Here's a question for you. A friend of mine has a felony record. He's a dual national between the US and Ireland and resides in the US. Could he enter Canada with his Irish passport and not have it trigger any red flags? He has no record in Europe at all.
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    Hi Dryan,
    I have a similar situation, am heading to Canada at the end of the month. My DWI was around the same time as yours, almost 10 years ago. How did it go? Did you get through the border??? Any advice is welcomed.
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    I Have driven the Alcan 10+ times. When I started I was driving a VW van. Lol I would bring a book because it would be over 2 hours min for them to search my van. Each time they would trash it too no respect at all. I've never been arrested no record nothing. Over the years I've gotten a nice new car and a little older. Now it's a different story they couldn't be nicer. I always laugh because if I was smuggling drugs don't you think I'd be driving a nicer car?
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    Here the ticket - date an American guy, there's 150 million of us, so you should be able to find at least one.
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