I was refused entry into Canada because of my DUI. What can I do?

I am a US Citizen and had a DUI 3 years ago. I tried to enter Canada but I was refused entry because of my DUI Conviction. What Can I do to get into Canada? I am a business person and have occasion for frequent travels to Canada.


Your DUI conviction renders you inadmissible to Canada and therefore you would require a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) to enter Canada. TRPs can be issued either at a Canadian Consulate or a Canadian Port of Entry. In cases where criminality is serious it is always advisable to apply for your TRP at the Canadian Consulate. TRPs are generally difficult to obtain even for minor offenses so it is important to  carefully prepare these applications in order to persuade an immigration officer to approve your application. TRPs can be single or multiple entry and can vary in duration. We have wrote extensively on this subject here and here

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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