Canada DUI Entry: 2019 ChangesThere were major changes to Canada’s DUI entry rules in 2018 and 2019. Changes to Canada’s entry rules were not direct, but a consequence of changes to Bill-C46 coming into power on December 18th,2018. Those changes made visitors that could previously enter Canada legally after a waiting period of 10 years, including those from the United States, become inadmissible no matter how long has passed.

Canada DUI Changes in 2018

Bill-C46 upped the maximum charge for DUI (Driving under the influence – same as DWI ) in Canada to a 10-year prison sentence. This meant that a DUI charge was also upgraded to become a major offence or “serious criminality” for legal purposes. It’s the upgrading of a DUI to be considered “serious criminality” that changed crossing with a DUI going forward.

Border Crossing with A DUI

Prior to December 18th,2018 a foreign DUI charge was a considered a minor offence as the Canadian criminal charge was a maximum of 5 years in prison. Border officials would allow visitors from the US and other countries to enter provided that ten years had passed since they completed their sentencing requirements for their DUI charges. So basically, after any fines or time served were completed, waiting a further 10 years would give a person without other charges a very good chance of being “deemed rehabilitated”. Deemed rehabilitation would allow people with old DUI’s to enter Canada.

When the maximum charge for a DUI in Canada was increased to 10 years in prison, “deemed rehabilitation” no longer applied as the previously minor offence was now a major offence.

DUI Entry Rules Changes Affected Millions

The scope of the problem was enormous. Tens of millions of Americans and people from around the world became inadmissible over night. Truck drivers, airline pilots, visitors of all kinds, would be potentially inadmissible. The effect of the changes would also cause problems for people immigrating or seeking refugee status in Canada. From what we have been able to learn, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) did not immediately enforce the rule changes. Potentially millions of visitors would have had to pay to apply for rehabilitation and then wait up to a year to gain entry to Canada.

DUI Entry Rule Changes in 2019

Early in 2019 Canada’s Immigration Minister’s made a statement in the media, “anyone deemed rehabilitated for an impaired driving offence outside Canada before December 18, 2018…” “…would not need to reapply for relief to overcome inadmissibility due to that same offence.”
Deemed rehabilitation was grandfathered in for any foreign national convicted of a DUI prior to December 18, 2018. It should be noted that this is simply a policy and not a legal change. Policies are subject to change as the administration deems fit. This means a change in government could potentially mean a change in this policy.

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Go to Canada After A DUI?

Right now, with no other criminal charges, the waiting period for anyone with a DUI conviction prior to December 18th, 2018 is 5 years with an application and 10 years without a formal application. The waiting period begins after their full sentencing requirements are completed. Any additional criminal charges will require the application for “criminal rehabilitation” be made.

Automatic eligibility for entry to Canada with an old DUI requires a waiting period of 10 years after sentencing requirements are completed. This has been grandfathered for convictions prior to December 18th, 2018.

Questions?

Everyone’s situation is unique and it’s always a good idea to ask questions to get the correct answers. For a free consultation simply give Mitch a call T (204) 488-6350 or 1-800-438-7020. Alternatively, you may complete the contact form on this page.

272 thoughts on “Canada DUI Entry: 2019 Changes

  1. I had a DUI in December 2005 & sentencing was completed September 2006. I have had no other
    convictions/criminal charges since. Is there anything I need to do if I plan to travel to Canada either by car or air?

    Thanks!
    Barb

    • If that single DUI conviction was your only offence in your entire lifetime, and it has been more than 10 years since you completed your sentencing requirements, then you are referred to as ‘Deemed Rehabilitated’ and are no longer inadmissible to Canada.

      • Hi There,

        I have a single DUI conviction from 07/07/2013.

        18 month ban ended 24/01/2015.

        would this be an issue when trying to enter Canada on a whv?

        • I got arrested when i was 20 for “driving after underage drinking”. I blew a .06 and was not drunk driving. This was in 2018. Would i still be able to go into Canada?

          • If that is your only offence in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements than it will no longer prevent you from entering Canada.

      • Hey name is nathan from Texas I hav a dwi conviction fromm 1999 when I was 18 years old and it was a class a misdemeanor 2 years probation. No other convictions in my life. Just wanted to know if I can fly in for a cruise out of Vancouver B.c , or I’m I inadmissible. Just want to be sure even though it was almost 25 years ago my wife would never forgive me for messing up our dream cruise
        Thank you for your time.

        • Hi Nathan, if that is your only offence in your entire lifetime – and it’s been more than 10 years since your sentencing requirements were complete – than you will be able to enter Canada at this point.

          • Johnson ohnson says:

            Hello, my bf had a dui, 8yrs ago…I am Canadian, but live in the states with him. He hasn’t had any other offenses, maybe a speeding ticket. He has gone through all the hoops needed and has been done with this ordeal for at least 7 yrs….what will be needed to get to canada for at least a visit with my family for him?

    • Had a Dwi in 1992 pled quilt could have taken a deferred case.paid fine 360.00..Nsp1 non significant problem.one day alcohol school.one day dui victims panel out the door. Probation was only 3 months and was released from my probation officer. Will 25 years and not even a citation or conviction since this case,allow me to cross into Canada?as I wondered about taking flights to Asia from Vancouver.

      • If that is your only arrest/charge/offence in your entire lifetime you are able to enter Canada as long as it’s been more than 10 years since you completed your sentencing requirements.

      • Hi there, if your offence happened after December of 2018 than unfortunately you will be inadmissible to Canada no matter how long has passed. To overcome that, you would have to apply for ‘Rehabilitation’ which you are eligible for once it’s been 5 years since your sentencing requirements were completed.

        • Hi,

          I was arrested for dui in 2/2018 but was not convicted until 2/2019 (wet reckless). My lawyer is currently in the process of expunging it. Will I be able to enter Canada this summer?

          Thanks!

  2. DANIELLE WEBER says:

    If I had a DUI October 2013 and paid my fines and sentencing by September 2014 and I’ve had no other offenses, would I be ok to travel into Canada?

  3. I received a DUI 08/2012 and fines and sentencing were completed 01/2013. I’ve had no other convictions or tickets. Can I travel into Canada from the US?

    • Hi Janet,

      If that is her only arrest/offence in her entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since she completed her sentencing requirements then she is no longer inadmissible to Canada.

    • Hi Tom, Usually two convictions of that sort would make you inadmissible to Canada however I’d need to see records to make a proper assessment. Please feel free to email me at info@bordercrossing.ca or give my office a call: (204) 488-6350 if you’re interested in applying to overcome this.

    • Those with one DUI conviction in their entire lifetime, and no other arrests/offences what so ever, are ‘Deemed Rehabilitated’ and able to enter Canada again once 10 years has passed from the completion of all sentencing requirements.

  4. Can an expunged wet reckless ticket in California in 2015 make me inadmissible for permanent residency in Canada or Fail me in criminality checks of PR application?I am currently in Canada on a work permit.

  5. My son wants to join us on vacation August 2021. Civil motorcycle DUI in July 2019. No other record. He will not be driving. What does he need to do? Thanks!

  6. I had my first and last DUI in Illinois and had supervision which I completed all the requirements for and was released on 1-10-2012. The offense does not show up in my driving record. Can I enter Canada to go on a moose hunt in September of 2021?

  7. I had a DUI in 2010 and another one in 2013 and fines and 3 day jail sentence were completed by 2014. Am i inadmissible still?

  8. If I had a reckless driving charge in 2011, and I finished paying the fines in 2013, when will I be able to get into Canada? Can I go once it reopens after COVID?

  9. Do you need to take any particular actions Prior to arrival if you are in the deemed rehabilitated category (20 years post DUI conviction in my husband’s case) or can you just show up at the border with your passport? Thanks.

  10. Hi I had a DUI in 2012 that has since been expunged from my record in the USA. I am planning on an Alaska Cruise that departs from Vancouver
    Am I able to enter Canada to board my cruise ship?

  11. I was convicted of an OVI on December 19, 2018. I was arrested for it in May of 2018 but did not have my final court appearance until December 19th, 2018. It was my first offense minus minor speeding tickets. I have had no other charges or offenses since. Once the border restrictions due to COVID-19 are removed, how do I go about being granted permission to enter Canada?

    Respectfully,
    Angie

  12. My boyfriend got a dui on a scooter in 2019. He has no other offenses and has completed all requirement. Would he be able to travel to Canada for vacation?

  13. Doraldo the exploraldo says:

    What if you do not drive and do not have a license from a couple DUIs in 2017 and want to ride your bike in canada or take a stroll aboot the countryside

  14. Ashleigh Gilbert says:

    Bless your heart for all these questions. What would happen of someone tried to enter Canada and they said your not deemed rehabilitated? My husband’s dui was 20+ years ago but I’m to scared of what would happen if they said no to even try. Will they just turn you around? Can they charge you for trying?

    • Most of the time, you are allowed to withdraw your application to enter and will just be sent back to the United States but it depends on your cooperation, honesty, etc. If he wants to make sure he’ll be able to cross then I can be of assistance with an application. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions in regards to what’s needed: (204) 488-6350 / info@bordercrossing.ca

  15. Hello, I had 2 DUI’s, first in 2001 and the second in 2005. Since then I’ve been clean. Am I able to cross into Canada for a vacation? If the answer is no, how does Canada know I have a DUI anyhow if they ask, do they have access to the United States criminal system? Thanks

    • Hi there, if you have multiple DUI convictions you’re considered ‘inadmissible’ no matter how long has passed – Canada and the US share national crime databases. If you’d like to overcome this, please feel free to reach out to me at (204) 488-6350 or info@bordercrossing.ca and we can confidentially go over what’s required.

  16. Hello,
    I have a OWI in 1999 and a DUI in 2006 in USA. I have my license in USA now and have no other charges ever. Can I visit Canada now or will I be rejected at the border?
    Thank you,
    Michael

  17. Hello,

    At 21 years old, I had a DWUI , and another sealed offence in my records. I am now 29 years old now and haven’t gotten an offense ever since.
    I now work as an essential worker in the medical field. will I be accepted into canada from the USA?

  18. I had a dui in 1989 and 2000 all penalties probation everything completed I think i had a summary probabtion on the last one which would have been completed in 2005 . what do I need to do. I dont drink

  19. Hello,

    I received a dui in November of 2016 and completed all my requirement in 2017. Am I understanding the law that I’d be “deemed rehabilitated” and can gain entry in 2027 if I receive no other infractions? That I’m “grandfathered” in?

    • Hi Dawn, if your offence happened prior to the legislation change (December 18, 2018) then you are ‘grandfathered’ in and will be able to be deemed rehabilitated after 10 years.

  20. I dont have any plans to travel to Canada in the near future but I di get convicted of a dui in 97and another one in 2004 and I had a few other non dui related charges but no felonies and no criminal charges after 2006, would I still be banned from ever travelling there

  21. Hi I was convited DUI in Dec 2012 I was only fined no sentence . I was in NZ at that time . Now I am in India and will be applying for VIsitor Visa next year. will there be a problem .

    • Hi there,

      A DUI makes you ‘inadmissible’ for at least 10 years following the completion of your sentencing requirements. There are ways to overcome this however, if you’d like to reach out to me at (204) 488-6350 or info@bordercrossing.ca then I can advise further.

  22. Hello,

    I was convicted of a DUI in August 2015 and paid all fees/met probation requirements in August 2016. I have had no other criminal charges since then. If I am understanding this correctly, would this mean that I am able to gain entry into Canada on August 2021?

    • Hi Paul, you will be eligible to apply for Rehabilitation in August 2021 if that’s when all of the sentencing requirements were completed. Rehabilitation is an application to the Canadian government which you need to get approved for before you’re able to overcome your inadmissibility. If you’re interested in hearing more about the application please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email.

  23. I’m a drive away truck driver and need to have access into Canada for work related issues but received a DUI in 2001. Will I have any problems entering into Canada?

    • Hi Tim, If you have one DUI conviction in your entire lifetime with no aggravating circumstances (and no other offences what so ever), then you’re no longer inadmissible to Canada once 10 years has passed from the completion of all sentencing requirements.

  24. Matthew smethurst says:

    Hi.

    I got convicted dui Nov 2014. Yet traveled to Canada in 2017. Then tried to travel again in 2019 and I got refused. If I was to try again to come in 2021 would I be deemed rehabilitated.

    • Hi there,

      You are not Deemed Rehabilitated until it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements for your DUI offence. If you’re interested in overcoming this sooner than that, please feel free to reach out to my office at (204) 488-6350 or info@bordercrossing.ca

  25. I had a DUI in Idaho in Jan. 2015 all fines were paid and the sentence was completed in 2015 I received a withheld judgement and all charges were subsequently dropped. According to Idaho Law I technically haven’t had a conviction wondering how it would be seen in Canada and if I can travel to Canada for business.

  26. I had a dui, that was probation before judgement sept 2008. everything was completed sept 2009. Am I able to come to canada and not be refused entry?

    • Hi Daniel, if you have one DUI conviction in your entire lifetime and no other offences what so ever than you are no longer inadmissible to Canada once 10 years has passed from the completion of all sentencing requirements.

    • Hi Thomas, yes unfortunately that would be 2 separate offences and as you would be ‘inadmissible’ to Canada until you apply and are approved for ‘Rehabilitation’. If you have questions or would like assistance with that application than please feel free to give my office a call: (204) 488-6350 or send an email: info@bordercrossing.ca

  27. Barbara Johnson says:

    On 1/10/15, my husband was arrested in Maryland for DUI. We are US citizens. It was his first offense and he has no offenses since. At the trial on May 1, 2015, all charges were dropped except one, Driving Under the Influence Per Se. For that, he pled Not Guilty and the Judge granted Probation Before Judgment. It does not count as a conviction — different from being convicted and being placed on probation. His probationary period ended on 5/1/16. Can he enter Canada legally by car as a tourist for a day or two? Many thanks.

  28. Jason Thompson says:

    Hello, I’m in Washington state and in 2014 had the charge of Negligent Driving 1. Is this a charge that will keep me from driving into Canada?

  29. Reuben Schultz says:

    To whom it may concern,

    I had a DWI back in 2014 and the sentencing in 2015 (November). Would I have to wait till I carried out the sentence (which was 3 months probation that ended in February of 2016)? Or would the 5 years only have to pass from the date of sentencing?

    Thanks!

  30. My husband had a DUI 20-25 years ago and an assault charge when he was early 20,s. I have had 2 DUO’s last one 16years ago and the 1at one 10 years before that, does this make us unable to enter Canada.

    • Hi Kelly, having multiple convictions of those sorts makes you ‘inadmissible’ no matter how long has passed unfortunately. If you have any interest in applying to overcome this so that you can enter Canada, please feel free to reach out to my office at (204) 488-6350 or info@bordercrossing.ca

  31. Can a person who received a DUI in 2018 (this is the only thing on their record) visit Canada as a traveling passenger for a family road trip for 2 days?

  32. I had a a DUI in Jan 1984 and another in June 2018. I completed probation Dec 2019. Would I be eligible for consideration to travel to Canada in Dec 2024 with full admission in 2029?

    • If you have only one DUI conviction in your entire lifetime, and no other charges/arrests what so ever, than you’re able to enter Canada once it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

  33. If I had a DUI when I was 20 and another when I was 21, but have been sober since then am I able to visit Canada. My boyfriend is actually from there. It has been 15 years since my last one

    • If you have multiple DUI convictions than you are inadmissible to Canada until you apply for Rehabilitation to overcome it. If you have any interest in doing the application, please feel free to call or email my office.

  34. Hannah Puddle says:

    I got charged with DUI and reckless driving at the same time from one incident in 2009. I have no other offences. Would I be able to enter Canada?

  35. I have a DUI (OVI) from June 2010 and I paid all fines and completed a driving school and had my driving privileges restored in December 2010 (note: I was never arrested). Since it has been 10 years am I ok to travel to Canada?

    • If you have a single DUI offence, and no other arrests/charges what so ever, you are able to enter Canada as long as it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

  36. My husband had a dui 33 years ago this month. He has a new job that will require him to travel to Canada every few months. He has no other convictions on anything. Will this be a problem for him?

    • If you have a single DUI offence, and no other arrests/charges what so ever, you are able to enter Canada as long as it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

  37. Hi I was arrested for DUI in the U.S in 2012 and was convicted in 2013. I was sentenced to 3 years probation. No other arrest history. Does the 10 year waiting period begin on the conviction date or when my probation ended in 2016. Thanks

    • Hi Thomas, the waiting periods are applied after the completion of all sentencing requirements. If probation was the last of your requirements, than your waiting periods start from the completion of that.

  38. Hi. I was arrested for a DUI, but the charges were reduced to Careless Driving (in Minnesota) in 2019. No jail time served, and 1 year probation and all fines/etc were completed in 2020. Will I be required to obtain a TRP to enter Canada for either work or vacation? If yes, would an expungement be of any help? Thanks

  39. I had a DUI in the USA in 2003 as a juvenile and a second DUI as an adult in 2006. I need to drive through Canada in April to get to Alaska for work (I am an essential employee as I provide Emergency Medical Services). Will I be allowed to drive through?

  40. Hi Mitch.
    I am a British citizen intending to travel to Canada to gain my Masters degree and (hopefully) continue on to work and reside in Canada. My fiancé, a US citizen, has a DUI from 2016. If we were to marry prior to my moving to Canada to study, would his DUI eventually prevent him from living and working in Canada with me? Are such things accounted for if he was eligible to applying for a work visa as a spouse of an international on a student visa? Or further down the line, the spouse of a Canadian resident? Many thanks

    • Hi Amy, A DUI makes you inadmissible to Canada for at least 10 years following the completion of all sentencing requirements – if he wants to visit, work or live in Canada he will need to apply to overcome in it, along with any other status he’s hoping to obtain. If you have any follow-up questions please feel free to reach out to be at info@bordercrossing.ca or (204) 488-6350.

  41. I had two DUIs in the past. The last one was in 1994. Since then my record has been clean. Last year I was able to get a level 1 fingerprint card. Would I have trouble visiting Canada?

    • Hi Chad, if you have multiple DUI convictions than you are considered ‘inadmissible’ to Canada until you are approved for an application called ‘Rehabilitation’. If you have any interest in hearing more about what’s required for the application, please feel free to reach out to me at info@bordercrossing.ca or (204) 488-6350.

  42. Elizabeth Moreland says:

    So I feel like I am getting conflicting information so I wanted to check in with you to be sure. I got an OWI in Wisconsin back in 1993. I went through a first offender’s program and completed all of my other requirements associated with this sometime in 1994.

    As this was 27 years ago and I have had no other offenses since, do I need to do anything before I enter Canada?

    • Hi Elizabeth, if that single DUI offence was your only conviction in your entire lifetime than you are able to enter Canada again once it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

        • Speeding is not a criminal offence in Canada and would not make you inadmissible. In order to determine whether an offence makes you inadmissible or not, it has to be equated to Canadian law.

  43. I had a MIP (Minor in possession of alcohol, not driving related) in 1998 and a DUI in December of 2001. Everything was clean in early 2002 with no other convictions since. Is there anything I need to do prior to my visit in October of 2021?

    • Hi T.J., if that single DUI offence was your only conviction in your entire lifetime than you are able to enter Canada again once it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

      • Clint kinney says:

        I have a similar situation. I was arrested for possession of alcohol in 1994 and DUI in Colorado 1997. Stupid youth. Nothing since. How’s my status?

        • Hi Clint, if you have one DUI conviction in your entire lifetime – and no other offences (possession of alcohol is not a criminal offence in Canada) – than you’re able to enter Canada once it’s been 10 years since all sentencing requirements were complete.

  44. TRAVIS T KING says:

    Hi, California resident here. I had a DUI in 07/2011 paid all fines and classes and later got a second DUI in 06/2013 paid all fines and finished all classes etc in 2014. I really want to visit Canada just site see and see the country. Is there anything that I can do or show to show that I am now rehabilitated before the full 10 years.

    • Hi Travis, if you have multiple DUI convictions than you’ll be ‘inadmissible’ to Canada until you are approved for ‘Rehabilitation’. If you’d like more information on doing that application, please feel free to reach out to me at (204) 488-6350 / info@bordercrossing.ca

  45. I live in Washington State and after my DUI in 2016, I completed all fines and probation in 2017. From 2017-2020 I maintained my SR22 insurance as needed by my state. When would my wait time start to apply to enter Canada? After all my initial fines and probation was served in 2017? or after my SR22 insurance was taken off in 2020?

    Thanks

    • Hi Lora, if you have one conviction in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements than you are no longer inadmissible to Canada.

  46. Hi,

    I had a first offense DUI with court obligations completed in 2010. I was then wrongfully arrested and charged with a DUI in 2017 but the charges were dismissed (can provide details if needed). Does this background prevent me from being able to enter into Canada?

  47. Kevin Weiner says:

    Hi Mitch, I have a DUI from 2009 and 2 DUIs in 1991 / 1992. I have a job opportunity that may have Canadian clients I would have to call on. Am I out of luck or do I have an option to enter Canada?

  48. I had a DUI in 2008. Was reduced to a negligent driving ticket. Moving to Alaska next month. Will this keep me from being able to cross over into and thru Canada?

    • Hi John, a single DUI or Negligent Driving conviction would make you inadmissible to Canada for 10 years following the completion of all sentencing requirements. After that, you are ‘Deemed Rehabilitated’ and able to visit Canada.

  49. Taylor Rohrbach says:

    If a friend of mine had a DUI in 2011, sentenced in feb/mar of 2012 I know we are just shy of the 10 year mark which runs the risk of them being turned away at the border. I noticed it indicated we could make a formal application, how does one go about that and are there requirements needed?

  50. I have a DUI diversion from Oregon in 1998, no other charges am I deemed rehabilitated or do I need to apply for rehabilitation?

    • Hi Brett, if that’s your only offence in your entire lifetime you would not be inadmissible to Canada at this point as long as all your sentencing requirements were completed.

  51. Hi,
    I got a DUI in 2019 feb and took plea for guilty to DWAI. completed all my sentences, probation period in 2020 april. i want to travel to canada, what are my possibilities..?
    2.can i study in canada ..?
    3. my wife is planning to apply for PR to canada , will it effect with my DUI if we applied both in one application..?

    • Hi there, you are inadmissible to Canada because of that DUI and would need to apply for a TRP in addition to any Study/Work Permit or PR application. If you have any more questions please feel free to reach out to me at info@bordercrossing.ca or (204) 488-6350.

  52. Andrew Young says:

    I had a DUI in Australia Dec 2008. Got a 12 month driver restriction. It finished July 2010. I’ve paid for my IEC and waiting for biometric letter. Would I still be allowed to participate?

    • Hi Andrew, if that’s your only offence in your entire lifetime then you are ‘Deemed Rehabilitated’ and no longer inadmissible to Canada once it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

  53. Hello, I had a DUI in September 2010, requirements were all met Jan 3 2012. I’ve had no other arrests since. Am I deemed rehabilitated and Can enter Canada? Or do I need to wait until after Jan 3, 2022? Once I can enter, do I need to do anything on my end? Will the immigration officer bring this up and ask me questions on this upon arrival?

    • Hi there, if that’s your only offence in your entire lifetime then you are ‘Deemed Rehabilitated’ and no longer inadmissible to Canada once it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements. You might be questioned and should be prepared with proof that you completed your sentencing requirements in case you are.

  54. Hello, I have had several DUI’s over the last 30 years. My first conviction was at age sixteen so I’m not sure if they will count that one as I was a minor. But here goes… 1992, 1996, 2000, 2007 and 2014. I obviously have struggled with alcohol over my lifetime but turned it around for good in 2014. Not a drop since. Besides the DUI’s in 1997 I paid a ticket for discharging a firearm within city limits (called Shannon’s Law). I was not being irresponsible, just ignorant to the city limit. I had an upcoming deer hunt and was sighting in my rifle out in the desert. I took three shoots at a paper target and had everything put away when an officer in a 4×4 pulled up and ticketed me. He explained that the city though I was outside of had recently annexed the area and I was now inside the city limit. Where a month prior it was county land… Anyway, besides the DUI’s and that discharge from 1997 I have no other issues. My question is do you think I still have a shot at entering after filling out a rehabilitation form/entry request? Thank you so much for taking the time!

  55. Hi, I was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI on December 19, 2018, which resulted in a sentence of 2 years probation. Have had no other offenses before or since. I am a candidate for a job with a company headquartered in Vancouver, BC, which may require me to visit the corporate office from time to time, and eventually may require relocation from the US to Vancouver. Will my DWI conviction prevent me from entering Canada for this purpose?

  56. Joyce Smith says:

    Hi! I had a second dui in 2009 and a prior one about 5 yrs prior. I am not sure if I could enter Canada . How do I find out my record exactly
    Thanks

    • Hi Joyce, if you have multiple DUI convictions than you will be considered ‘inadmissible’ to Canada until you apply, and are approved for, Rehabilitation. If you have interest in using my office’s assistance with your application, please reach out to me at (204) 488-6350 or info@bordercrossing.ca

  57. Hi, I was wondering if I need to apply for rehabilitation to enter Canada now if I only got 1 DUI conviction in my life and I finished my sentencing in Feb of 2011.

    • Hi Lisa, if you have one DUI conviction in your entire lifetime – and no other offences – than you’re able to enter Canada once it’s been 10 years since all sentencing requirements were complete.

  58. Hello. I was convicted on a dui in 2015. Am I inadmissible for entry? If so, is there a clear yes or no if I will ever be able to visit friends in Canada again. This was my only offence ever. Am I eligible for any kind of processing or rehabilitation if I cant enter today?

  59. Hi. I have 2 DUI’s from over 20 years ago but both were in a state where the DUI was considered a driving offense and not a criminal offense. I have no criminal record and assume the DUI offenses wouldn’t show up in a search of the FBI or other databases. Am I correct and do I still need to apply for rehabilitation to enter Canada for vacation? Thanks!

    • Hi Joe, 2 DUI convictions will make you ‘inadmissible’ to Canada regardless of what level the offence was in the State it happened unfortunately. If you’d like assistance with a Rehabilitation application please feel free to email me: info@bordercrossing.ca or call my office: (204) 488-6350.

  60. Deborah Engel says:

    Hello. Our family has vacation property in Ontario. Our 34-year-old son was issued a citation for operating under the influence of alcohol on 4/9/2021. This is his first offense. He does not have any other offenses on his record. His regular drivers license was suspended and he has an occupational license until 10/2/2021. He has completed the stipulations ordered by the court relative to the citation. My husband and I would like to go to our cabin when the border opens in August and take him with us. He would not be driving a motor vehicle. What does he need to do to cross the boarder?

    • Hi Deborah, unfortunately he is considered ‘inadmissible’ to Canada and will need to apply for a ‘Temporary Resident Permit’ to ensure he’ll be able to enter – this is not a quick or easy process and can be hard to be approved for. If you’d like my assistance in submitting the application than please feel free to email: info@bordercrossing.ca or call my office: (204) 488-6350.

  61. If you have a single incident which resulted in DUI & reckless driving convictions (both misdemeanors) with all obligations completed over 11 years ago, do you need to apply for rehabilitation?

  62. Nancy Horner says:

    I received a DUI in 2007. I’ve had nothing else on my record since. Once the travel ban is lifted, will I be allowed to cross into Canada? Will I need to fill out any paperwork for entry? Thanks!

    • If you have one DUI offence with no other arrests/charges and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements than you are Deemed Rehabilitated and no longer inadmissible to Canada.

  63. When you say sentencing requirements. Does that include probation? I was Sentenced to three years probation in 2014 for a single DUI conviction. I completed Probation in 2017. When would I be able to enter Canada without a application?

    • When calculating eligibility you will need to use the date you completed all sentencing requirements and not when the DUI happened. You would need to apply for an approval to enter Canada until it’s been 10 years since you completed all sentencing requirements.

    • Hi Kaios, if you have multiple impaired driving convictions you are considered inadmissible to Canada no matter how long has passed. If you’re interested in overcoming this, please feel free to call or email my office.

  64. I have a DUI from 2000 and another in 2011. Neither resulted in a misdemeanor conviction. I attempted to cross the border around 2002 and was denied entry. I was not aware at that time that I was not permitted to enter. Can I now enter or will I be denied?

    • Hi Angel, if you have 2 DUI convictions you are considered inadmissible until you get approved for ‘Rehabilitation’. If you have any interest in knowing more about the application please call or email my office.

  65. What if your DUI occurred in May 2018, but by the time the court made it’s final ruling it was 2019? No other convictions. Does the 10 year rule apply or no?

  66. My boyfriend recently convicted of impaired driving. About a few months ago. He will be done his probation in March of 2022 with the possibility of being let off early. He only had to pay a fine, attend classes and do community service which he finished right away. I live in Canada he lives in the US. He doesn’t have any other records and doesn’t plan on having anymore. When he finishes his sentence, will be admissible in Canada right away? Or eligible to apply for anything to enter Canada?

    • Hi there, he will be inadmissible for at least 10 years following the completion of his probation and could be inadmissible for life if his offence happened after December 18, 2018. He can overcome this by applying for a permit, if you’d like to know more about that process please email or call my office: info@bordercrossing.ca or (204) 488-6350.

  67. My adult record has a fireworks charge in 2002, a DUI in 2001, disorderly conduct in 1997 and underage drinking in 1994 (18 years old but under 21). Would I have trouble entering Canada? Also would they have access to Juvenile records? If they do I have an underage drinking, vandalism and aiding and abetting a burglary all in the early 1990’s. All sentences and fines have been completed. Thank you.

  68. Hello,
    I was stopped for a DUI but it was later dropped to a reckless driving in 6/2014. Do I have to wait 3 more years to hit the 10year mark to enter Canada. I have a clean record after 2014 and completed all requirements. Do I have to apply for an application to enter?

    • Hi Andrea, you are most likely inadmissible to Canada – please feel free to reach out to my office if you’d like more information on how you can apply to overcome this.

  69. I got an OWI on 9/4/2020 and was convicted on 3/26/2021. I have satisfied all the classes,fees and fines and will get my Wi. Drivers license back on 11/19/2021. It was my 1st had a speeding ticket I think in 2003.When would I have the opportunity to go fishing again if at all I’m 66 yrs old.

  70. I’ve had three lifetime DUIs (2005 x2 and 2008), but I completed a treatment program and all sentence requirements for the 2008 offense in April 2010, after which I was allowed to withdraw my guilty plea and the case was dismissed. I have had no other criminal convictions since (so over 11 years now). Would I still be deemed rehabilitated at this point, or is there anything else I would need to do?

  71. Crystal meyer says:

    Would I be allowed entry? Had a dui in April,2011… and a driving after revocation in sept, 2011. Now a nurse and wondering if a family trip to Canada is possible? The only thing that shows up on background check is the driving after revocation…

    • Hi Crystal, you will likely be found inadmissible with 2 convictions but I have follow-up questions to better advise. Please feel free to call or email my office if you’d like further assistance.

  72. Hi,
    I was stopped for DUI, and given a 2 year deferred sentence for Reckless which was completely wiped from my record in Oct 2020. When may I re-enter Canada? Since it was deleted from my record, would anyone have a record of it?

  73. I got a DWAI in Colorado with a BAC under .08 but over .05, the offense is driving while ability impaired. I am a resident of Texas where the same thing isn’t a criminal offense. Does Canada recognized a DWAI as the same as a DUI even though as I understand it their limit is also .08? If so is the ten year waiting period the same?

    • Hi Steve, typically any sort of ‘impaired driving’ offence will make you inadmissible to Canada for at least 10 years, and possibly life depending on when it occurred. If you’d like to know how you can overcome this please feel free to reach out to me by email or by phone.

  74. Hi and thanks-
    DUI 11 years ago and recently had the court expunge the case. No other blemishes on my record. Can I travel to Canada or do I need a letter of recommendation from a immigration attorney ?

    Enjoy,

    Kevin

    • Hi Kevin, if that was your only conviction in your entire lifetime, there was no injury, and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed all of the sentencing requirements imposed upon you than you are no longer inadmissible to Canada.

  75. Hi there,
    I’m a Canadian citizenship. I was arrested for impaired driving. Need to wait 3 weeks for court day. Im able to go holidays before before my court day. Haven’t been charged yet.

  76. I have had two DUI’s with that last one in 2008 and sentencing completed mid 2009. I also was turned away at the border on a business trip in 2016 due to this. I was planning a trip into Canada this summer do i still have to apply for rehabilitation or since its been longer then 10 years am I good to go?

  77. arturo escobar says:

    Hello,

    There are a couple things on my record that are concerning me as I’m planning a trip to Whistler this coming February. Between 18 and 19 years ago I was cited for possession of a fake ID. Two years later I was convicted of DUI. Wondering if entering Canada will be an issue despite these offenses taking place nearly twenty years ago.

    Cheers,
    Arturo

  78. HI: any idea if a u.s. citizen with a wet/reckless conviction (reduced DUI) can transit through (not enter Canada) Canadian airports? Can’t find answers to this question anywhere (Canadian consulates, Canadian border authority, etc.) Thanks for your help

  79. My husband had a dui in 1976 as a minor. Reduced to under age misdemeanor not a felony. He had another one in about 1985. We have a cruise planned leaving Seattle stopping in Victoria. When he searches our state criminal records site, nothing comes up. Will he be able to cruise?

  80. I was charged with dui in May 2009, and completed all sentence requirements by Sept 2009, am I eligible to travel to Canada from the US

  81. I had one DUI in California in 2013. I am trying to go to Italy for my honeymoon but the flight has a layover in Canada. For very temporary stays where you don’t leave the airport, does the 10 year period still apply? If so, what do I need to complete to reduce the waiting period to 5 years?

    • Hi Jen, a DUI makes you inadmissible for 10 years after the completion of your sentencing requirements. You can apply to overcome it sooner than that but it takes months for an application to be processed. If you have any questions please reach out to me by phone or email.

  82. Hello, I got a dui in 2012 and finished all the stuffs the court told me to do in sept 2013, am I able to travel to canada or do I need to apply for the rehabilitation thingy?

    • Hi Val, you will be considered inadmissible and required to apply for Rehabilitation until it’s been 10 years since your sentencing requirements were completed.

  83. Hello,
    I got my first DUI in March of 2001, and my Second DUI in Aug 2006. Paid fines, had my license revoked for 12 months, so would then have completed everything required around Sep 2007. I did go through rehab and have not had any other offenses since. I may have to travel for work, and I just want to be prepared for what I need to do to gain entry into Canada.

    • Hi Sarah, you will have to apply for “Rehabilitation’ to overcome this. Please feel free to call or email my office if you’d like assistance with the application.

  84. I am an Illinois resident. I had a reckless driving in Oregon (reduced from DUI through successful completion of a diversion program) in September 2012. I have been to Canada about 3-5 times since with no issue whatsoever.

    I had a DWI in New York in June 2021. I recently (late January 2022) had an extremely thorough background check through Asurint for a new job. The Oregon offense showed up, to my surprise. However, for New York State (and expunged misdemeanors from Illinois and Indiana), the states showed up and the message below each said *No Reportable Records Found*.

    Because my New York state DWI isn’t showing up on a nationwide background check, do you think I can chance it and try to enter Canada?

    • Hi Andrea, if you know these offences happened than you may be forced to admit to them through questioning – at that point it doesn’t matter what is appearing on your background checks. If you’d like to apply to overcome this instead of just hoping it doesn’t show up and you don’t get questioned about it than please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email.

  85. If i had a DUI in February of 2018 but it was dropped down to reckless driving what would i need to do to be able to visit Canada in July?

  86. Hey Mitch, so I had a DUI back in 2009. I understand I am past that 10 years. My question is: Will they know the date of the offense? Do I need anything to prove when it was? I assume their system will also tell them if I have other arrests/offenses. Thank you.

  87. Hi! If I have a pending DWI, and I’m taking a cruise from Seattle but stop in port at Victoria before returning to Seattle what will happen? Will they arrest my and I have to fly home? Do I just get told to stay on the ship? Thanks!

  88. I have had 3 DUIs: 1 in 2006, 1 in 2007, and 1 in 2015. Am I completely inadmissible or until 2025 and have to apply for a TRP?

    • Hi Andi, you will be inadmissible to Canada no matter how long has passed if you have 2 DUI’s. You can overcome this by applying for either a TRP or Rehabilitation, to gauge which would be best for your situation please feel free to call or email me instead.

  89. Thomas Wilson Brewer says:

    I have a round-trip Alaska cruise leaving out of Seattle on 9/5/22 and returning a week later. All the stops are in Alaska with the exception of Victoria, BC on the last day before returning to Seattle. I have both a DWI arrest in 1981 which was plead to a “Failure to dim headlights” with a $250 fine, and a DWI conviction in 1983. Learned my lesson finally and have been clean since, prospering both in my personal and professional lives. Will I be allowed to board the ship, get off the ship in Victoria, and/or can I just stay on the ship in Victoria if unable to disembark? I only have a deposit right now but need to know something before paying for the rest of it. I have visited Canada many times over the years, last time in 2017 flying into Toronto but understand that the laws have been tightened up. Never had a problem before.

  90. First, I have to commend you for the responses in this comment section because your patience and dedication to it is admirable given the amount of time that has passed.

    Now, I have a multiple part question. Firstly, I have an arrest on my record from 2010 for operating a vehicle while license suspended. The story is mildly elaborate, but the charges were eventually dismissed and no conviction took place. I am under the assumption that it may not carry any significance.

    Here’s where the meat is. I have two subsequent dui arrests from Oct of 2018 and Jan of 2019 that resulted in a guilty plea to two accounts of DUI first offense in February 0f 2019; probationary period of which ended in Feb. 2020. I assume I will be considered inadmissable; but for the foreseeable future is a TRP my best route?

    Any travel will be work-related; and I assume after the 5-year period I will do best to apply for rehabilitation. Thank you for you time.

    • Hi Glen, yes you would be considered inadmissible to Canada unfortunately. I’d be happy to advise on whether a TRP or Rehabilitation are good options for you but will require more back and forth correspondence – please call or email me office for further assistance.

  91. My DUI was in 2014. It has since been expunged and I have legal papers to show. I’m dismissed ( expunged) on both counts. . Can I enter Canada with the docket? Or do I need letter from Canadian attorney too? Your help will be appreciated. I’m in Oakland, CA.

  92. Hey There.

    I had a DUI in 2001 and a DUI in 2004 in the United States, where I was born. I since have moved to Australia. I am now an Australian citizen. I have never had any more offenses and nothing ever in Australia.

    Can I now travel to Canada as an Australian and that negates the need for worrying about those DUIs?

    Thanks,

    Karl

    • Hi there, unfortunately you will be considered inadmissible to Canada even as an Australian citizen. If you have questions about overcoming that, please feel free to contact my office by phone or email.

  93. Hello,
    On 7/22/2011 I was convicted with a gross misdemeanor for Receiving Stolen Property. On 04/20/2012 I was convicted with a misdemeanor for Traffic – DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 Hours. Since there are two different convictions on my lifetime record would I be denied entry to Canada?

    • Hi Sara, yes if you have been convicted of both things you are likely inadmissible. Please feel free to call or email me if you’d like to overcome this.

  94. I had a dwi in 1996, I was 19years old. I worked for a company Canada from 2017-2019. I flew into Winnipeg 5 or 6 times and had no issue. I drove up in spring of 2019 and got stopped at border. They checked my background and said I had to pay to come in this one time, since I had (3) dwi’s on my record. I was convicted of one dwi, but they looked at the other charges( under age drinking and something else) and said I had 3 DUI’s. Has the law changed since around march-april 2019 and can I get in. I havent even gotten a speeding ticket in over 25 years.

  95. Hi,
    I am a British citizen by birth and currently a US permanent resident green card holder. I was charged with my dui in the state of Kansas on April 12th, 2018, and was convicted on December 4th, 2018. I’ve had no other offenses or any criminal history in either the US, in my country of birth the United Kingdom, or any other country. I was sentenced with 1 year of probation with my conviction, however I did complete my rehabilitation requirements early before the date of my sentencing. I have since completed all of my other outstanding requirements by the court. I would like to know if and when it will be possible for me to travel to Canada. My attorney who I hired at the time expressed to me that he understood my British citizenship would exempt me from inadmissibility but I haven’t followed up on this with any immigration lawyers and would be pleased to know either way.

    Thanks for your time,

    Paul

  96. Are the 10 years from the exact month or the year that you completed your sentencing? Like if I finished sentence on 12/2012, can I enter Canada 7/2022? Also expunged from record and last entered Canada in 2017 but was stopped before entering.

  97. Christopher says:

    Hi, I got a DUI in 2000 when I was 21 and then a second in 2007. I have never been arrested for anything else! It has been 15 years since the last and final arrest. Would this prohibited me from entering Canada for a fishing trip in July?

    • Hi Christopher, if you have two convictions than you will be considered inadmissible to Canada no matter how long has passed unfortunately. If you’d like to overcome that please feel free to call or email my office for more information.

  98. Tanya Lajoie says:

    I had a DUI conviction in 2002, I believe I should be admissible, but just need to know if I need any type of documentation. I will be flying in and would hate to travel across country to be turned away.

    • If that is your only offence in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed your sentencing requirements than you shouldn’t be denied entry for that offence.

  99. Gary Fuentebella says:

    Hi. I was convicted of DUI in Illinois in 1998 and paid fines and completed all the court required me to do. That was my only DUI. Can I enter Canada (from Seattle) for a few days vacation? Do I need to submit Application for Rehabilitation form prior to my planned trip? Thank you.

    • If that is your only offence in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed your sentencing requirements than you shouldn’t be denied entry for that offence.

  100. Hello, when I was 17 (2012) I got a DUI for having a beer underaged. The case was deferred and dismissed.

    In 2020 I received a DWAI during COVID and have since completed probation in 2021.

    Also in 2021 in Texas I received a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and should be complete next year.

    Will I be unable to apply for citizenship in 10 years after this misdemeanor?

  101. Hi,
    I have a DUI in Montana from 1985. It was taken care of in Sept. of 1985. Since then only a couple minor traffic violations. Am I good to drive to Alaska through Canada? Thanks

    • Hi Darren, if that is your only offence in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since you completed your sentencing requirements than you are no longer inadmissible to Canada.

    • Hi Greg, if you have multiple convictions you are inadmissible no matter how long has passed. If you’d like to apply to overcome that then please feel free to call or email my office.

  102. I have had 2 duis, 11/2/2002 and 3-8-2003 completed all requirements completed in 2006. no other convictions and have the records expunged in the state of Indiana, am i eligible for entry into canada

    • Hi Mark, if you have multiple convictions you are inadmissible no matter how long has passed. If you’d like to apply to overcome that then please feel free to call or email my office.

  103. Hello! I’m looking to permanently relocate to Ontario from the U.S. I got a DUI in 2014 and my unsupervised probation ended in 2015 (all other sentencing completed prior). If I push my move date to 2025 (10 years after my unsupervised probation was completed), will k be able to apply for permanent residency?

    • Hi Heidi, if that is your only offence in your entire lifetime than you will be Deemed Rehabilitated and no longer inadmissible to Canada once it’s been 10 years since all of your sentencing requirements were completed.

  104. Are the 10 years from the exact month or the year that you completed your sentencing? If I finished sentencing/unsupervised probation for a first (and only) DUI on December 1, 2012, can I enter Canada in July 2022? I have no other incident on my record.

    • Hi there, unfortunately you are not Deemed Rehabilitated until 10 years after the completion of the last sentencing requirement which sounds like it might be December 1, 2022

  105. Hi Mitch, I am INDIAN but US Green Card Holder (LPR). I had a DUI (Later converted to Reckless Driving in the court) in 2008 and completed all my probation in 2009. So could you please let me know whether am I eligible for Deemed Rehabilitation. If yes, do I need to apply for any visa/eTA before traveling to Canada by Drive.

    • Hi there, if that is your only offence in your entire lifetime and it’s been more than 10 years since all sentencing requirements were completed than you are no longer inadmissible to Canada.

  106. Hi! I plead guilty to a DUI in 2005 and completed all of the requirements in 2006. I had 4 more minor misdemeanor arrests that were all dismissed, the last of these in 2009. So, in summary, one guilty charge of a DUI and no other guilty charges. I am planning to go to Canada in a few weeks for a vacation with my wife and in laws. Also, I went to Canada several times in the 90’s with no incident. Will I have any problems entering? Thanks!

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