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If I have a Washington State DUI conviction, will travel to Canada be restricted?
If you have a Washington State DUI conviction, you will not be permitted entry into Canada. Talk to our DUI lawyers today about your Washington DUI conviction to learn more.
According to the Consulate General, members of so-called "Inadmissible Classes" will not be permitted travel to Canada.
Included in the Inadmissible Classes are individuals that have a conviction of what the Consulate General refers to as "MINOR OFFENSES". These are commonly known here in Washington State as crimes such as theft, shoplifting, dangerous driving, assault, the unauthorized possession illegal substances, firearms, etc.
The Inadmissible Classes also includes people who have a conviction for what the Consulate General refers to as "INDICTABLE CRIMINAL OFFENSES". In Washington State, this is typically referred to as a felony conviction and include crimes such as assault w/ a deadly weapon, rape, manslaughter, etc.
Having a Washington State DUI Conviction will put you in the category of "Inadmissible Class."
Unfortunately, the Inadmissible Classes also specifically includes individuals who have a conviction of DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS (DUI). If you have a Washington DUI conviction, you will not be allowed to enter.
I have minor traffic violations but not a Washington DUI conviction... can I still travel to Canada and be allowed entry?
Individuals that have received minor traffic violations (not a WA DUI conviction), will most likely NOT be prohibited from entering.
Similarly, individuals that have a juvenile conviction (crimes convicted of while under the age of 18) will most likely NOT be prohibited from gaining entrance into Canada. The exception to this; however, is if the juvenile was tried for the offenses as an adult.
TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT, APPROVALS OF REHABILITATION, AND PERMISSION TO RETURN TO CANADA:
Those individuals who have a conviction for an offense while IN CANADA who wish to return must first begin by applying for a PARDON from the CLEMENCY AND PARDONS DIVISION OF THE NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD. Receiving a pardon will permanently erase the Canadian criminal record, as well as the inadmissibility consequences that resulted from it. Applying for a TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT is an option for those individuals who were unable to get a pardon.
For further information regarding pardons, your should contact the National Parole Board:
NATIONAL PAROLE BOARD
Clemency and Pardons Division
340 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0R1
Individuals who have received a conviction for an offense OUTSIDE CANADA, and had at least 5 years transpire since the termination of the custodial portion (if applicable) of the imposed sentence (not the sentence served), can apply for the Minister's APPROVAL OF REHABILITATION. This approval will remove inadmissibility caused from the conviction permanently. If fewer than 5 yrs have transpired, an individual who is seeking entry into Canada for a limited time period may put in an application for a TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT. Those individuals who are subject to a previous DEPORTATION ORDER FROM CANADA require PERMISSION TO RETURN TO CANADA prior to entrance. In addition, those who've been subject of an EXCLUSION ORDER within the past twelve months require Permission to Return to Canada before they can re-enter Canada.
APPLYING FOR A TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT, APPROVAL OF REHABILITATION, OR PERMISSION TO RETURN TO CANADA:
Individuals can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, Approval of Rehabilitation, or Permission to Return to Canada in either Canada or at a Canadian visa office here in the US.
DOCUMENTATION THAT MAY BE REQUIRED BY A CANADIAN VISA OFFICE TO PROCESS TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMIT OR APPROVAL OF REHABILITATION APPLICATIONS:
- POLICE CERTIFICATES from jurisdictions where the applicant has lived since their eighteenth birthday (or for the last ten years).
- THE APPLICANT'S OWN STATEMENT OF CIRCUMSTANCES leading up to the Washington State DUI conviction. REPORTS OF PROBATION OR PAROLE OFFICERS.
- A COPY OF THE STATUTE under which the applicant has the conviction.
- COURT RECORDS relating to the conviction(s) of the applicant.
- 3 LETTERS FROM INDIVIDUALS OF STANDING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY who personally know the applicant, and who can also attest to the rehabilitation of the applicant.
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Many of our clients are shocked to learn that even a single Washington State DUI conviction will cause them to be denied travel to Canada. Unfortunately, however, this is the truth. Over the years, our experienced Washington State DUI lawyers have helped hundreds of clients avoid a Washington DUI conviction.
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Don't let Washington DUI conviction affect your travel to Canada! If your business requires you to travel to Canada, or if you frequently vacation in Canada, a Washington DUI conviction will have severe consequences on your ability to travel freely into Canada. Talk to a Washington State DUI lawyer now to learn what your options are and how we can help you fight your Washington DUI conviction. For a free consultation, call one of our Washington State DUI lawyers.
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