Border Crossing with DUI Offence

The Canadian government has passed legislation that will impact those with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offences from crossing the border into Canada. A single DUI offence will soon result in an individual being inadmissible and turned back at the border unless previous arrangements have been made, like a Temporary Resident Permit or rehabilitation. This legislation will come into effect within 180 days (before the end of 2018).

An impaired driving offence will now be considered a serious criminality and obtaining so-called “deemed rehabilitation” will not be possible, regardless of when the offence was committed. Individuals who have previously been assessed and determined not to be inadmissible, or who have previously been granted entry with a record, might now also be inadmissible and stand the chance to be denied entry to Canada.

One strategy is to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit or rehabilitation before this legislation comes into effect. In general, it is more difficult to be approved for these applications when they are being submitted in order to address serious criminality. The fees for processing a rehabilitation request for an impaired driving offence are also set to increase from CAD $200 to CAD $1,000 when this legislation comes into effect.