US Citizens with a criminal history are routinely turned back at the Canadian border as “criminally inadmissible”. Even people who have traveled to Canada for years without a problem can suddenly be refused entry for a past conviction. Just one misdemeanor conviction in the U.S. can make a trip to Canada impossible without applying for relief. Not all misdemeanor convictions make a person inadmissible, however. Some of the ones that do include:
- Drunk Driving (including DUI, DWI, DWAI, OVI, OWI)
- Reckless Driving
- Sex offenses
In order to determine if you are inadmissible, the law under which you were convicted needs to be compared to Canadian criminal law. It is also important to know what your sentence was and when it ended to determine if you are still inadmissible. A qualified Canadian immigration attorney can make this comparison and determine whether you are inadmissible before you travel.
If you are criminally inadmissible to Canada you may be eligible to apply for relief to overcome your inadmissibility either permanently or temporarily.