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Canada Eases Entry Rules for First-Time DWI Offenders

Minnesota DWI and Entry into CanadaThe Star Tribune reports that Canada has eased its strict policy denying Americans entry into Canada if they have a single DWI conviction. In the past, Americans with a single DWI conviction often were deemed inadmissible because DWI is considered an "indictable offence" in Canada. An "indictable offence" is similar to a felony in the American system. Canada's new policy is in response to lost tourism revenue.
The new Canadian policy effective March 1, 2012, allows certain first-time offenders a one-time exemption.  Importantly, the policy doesn't help Americans enter Canada more than once and doesn't help those with more than one DWI or other conviction triggering inadmissibility.
Under the new policy,  Americans who are convicted of a single DWI must not receive any term of imprisonment in connection with their sentence and must have no other convictions or charges that could render them inadmissible. If eligible, these Americans can receive a free Temporary Resident Permit in lieu of paying the normal fee of $200.
To read the actual policy changes, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
For further help with visiting Canada with a criminal record, visit Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario.
Americans with convictions for Careless Driving or Reckless Driving also may have problems entering Canada, regardless of the new policy. It is wise to do your homework before visiting Canada.

3 Comments to Canada Eases Entry Rules for First-Time DWI Offenders:

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Jeffrey Niedzwiedz on Sunday, November 16, 2014 2:28 PM
I have questions about legal help to go to Canada with 2 DWI arrests
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Anonymous on Saturday, May 21, 2016 3:56 PM
what a joke anti Canada forever
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Marco morin on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:20 AM
Hello my name is Marco I am a dual citizen born in the United States raised in Quebec I recently was arrested for DUI I'm wondering how that will affect me and what steps I need to take if some it's my first offense I never had nothing not even a speeding ticket please help me understand the rules because I still need to visit my elderly parents and my two sisters even my children are Canadian thank you
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