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Canada, Oh Canada

If you had previously been convicted of DUI in the United States and were 18 years of age or older at the time, your chances of entering Canada were slim to none as you were considered criminally inadmissible under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

Under the new guidelines, which started March 1, 2012, this has changed.  The new policy allows the grant of a one-time fee exemption (normally $200) for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), which covers DUI convictions.   A TRP may be issued at a port of entry or a visa office abroad if the following criteria are met:

  1. Your criminal inadmissibility is solely based on your DUI conviction
  2. You did not serve any imprisonment as part of that DUI conviction
  3. You have not committed other acts that would render you inadmissible

The fee waiver is a one-time deal, but this does not mean that you can only visit Canada once.  You may be considered for a TRP again; however, you will have to pay the $200 fee.

Have a DUI/DWI/OUI related question? Stephen L. Jones is available 24-hours a day. Please call (617) 851-7153 or visit http://www.dwilawoffice.com.

About Stephen L. Jones

Stephen L. Jones
Attorney Stephen L. Jones is a former prosecutor who has successfully defended over 1,000 OUI cases. He is board certified in DUI Defense and a Regent of the National College for DUI Defense. Recognized as an expert on DUI defense, Mr. Jones is often asked to share his opinion on the law by the media and has appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, and the Discovery Channel. He has also lectured on the subject of courtroom testimony at the FBI Academy at Quantico. If you are currently facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, please contact Mr. Jones today. Mr. Jones’s team of lawyers can help you contest the loss of your driving privileges and begin preparing a defense for your criminal case.

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