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    Entering Canada with DUI

    Here's the story:
    My daughter went to school in Toronto, 6 years ago. My wife and I were there 3 different times in that period and really enjoyed the place.

    I thought we would go back this fall for shopping, touristy things, daughter seeing old friends, (and for me, Bears-Bills NFL game).

    What a nightmare this has turned into. I have all the arrangements made and found out about this DUI policy.

    The daughter got a DUI in West Hollywood, 4 years ago. I'm told that if this turns up while clearing customs, we'll be turned away and forced to go back! I've spent the last couple days arguing with Canadians who can't seem to understand that I'm not dismissing the severity of OWI, but simply stating the fact that legally, this is over and done with (fines payed, classes attended, SR22 for 3 years, etc).

    On top of that, I've had guys tell me that your fate is in the hands of minimum-wage border agents and you have to hope you don't get the one reveling in big-man/big woman syndrome. I'm told that there's one thing for sure, if you're pulled out of line, YOU ARE DONE FOR!

    Anybody else dealt with this? Any suggestions? (other than, stay away from Canada)



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    I know two guys in college who were going on a fishing trip and were turned back at the border, one for an assault charge (normal fight over a girl) and another, I can't remember what the charges were exactly but he took his car from an impound lot without paying the fees.

    Would think with a DUI from years ago it may not even be on her record or show up as a significant enough crime to warrant the stopping her?



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Had no idea, not sure if this is plausible

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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    From what I have heard if there is any spec on you record you have a 99% chance of getting turned away.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Fly there. Problem solved.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Quote Originally Posted by CYphyllis View Post
    Fly there. Problem solved.
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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Cross the border illegally. Problem Solved.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    My only thought on this situation..... **** CANADA, EHHHHHHH!!!!



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    My father in law had a similar story. Involved a fishing trip and several bottles of various alcohol. Long and short of it was, they left Des Moines in two vehicles with several coolers. To make things fit, coolers were re-arranged and he ended up with an exta bottle of something in his. Not realizing it, he diligenty reported what he thought they had at the crossing, they did a check and found the extra. From what I gathered, they weren't in excess of what was allowed - just had "lied". The other vehicle was there and they explained - but to no avail. The crossing guards pulled them into a garage and proceeded to rip the car apart.

    They were then allowed to continue on for their trip (translated: spend their money in Canada) but were subsequently "banned" for a number of years.

    That was like 30 years ago. To this day it still burns him. I think I heard the story a couple times, along with some choice adjectives, during all those "come visit British Columbia" ads during the winter olympics.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Not on topic, but I was on a backpacking trip in high school with my church up to Bruce Peninsula in Ontario on Lake Huron, and we were at some national park. Turns out rattlesnakes are protected species (and you should not chop them in half) and chopping down trees for firewood is not permitted either.

    I'm not sure if our youth pastor is allowed back in Canada yet!



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    My father in law had a similar story. Involved a fishing trip and several bottles of various alcohol. Long and short of it was, they left Des Moines in two vehicles with several coolers. To make things fit, coolers were re-arranged and he ended up with an exta bottle of something in his. Not realizing it, he diligenty reported what he thought they had at the crossing, they did a check and found the extra. From what I gathered, they weren't in excess of what was allowed - just had "lied". The other vehicle was there and they explained - but to no avail. The crossing guards pulled them into a garage and proceeded to rip the car apart.

    They were then allowed to continue on for their trip (translated: spend their money in Canada) but were subsequently "banned" for a number of years.

    That was like 30 years ago. To this day it still burns him. I think I heard the story a couple times, along with some choice adjectives, during all those "come visit British Columbia" ads during the winter olympics.

    When I went to the Olympics in February, they wouldn't allow my group to bring donuts across the border. We were forced to buy "jelly's" at Tim Horton's.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Granted it was before 9/11, however when we crossed they didnt even check anyone in the car with us except for the driver. They asked if we were bringing in anything illegal etc, but it was the quickest boarder crossing. Took all of 2 minutes entering through HWY 61 in Minnesota


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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    Quote Originally Posted by Rural View Post
    Here's the story:
    My daughter went to school in Toronto, 6 years ago. My wife and I were there 3 different times in that period and really enjoyed the place.

    I thought we would go back this fall for shopping, touristy things, daughter seeing old friends, (and for me, Bears-Bills NFL game).

    What a nightmare this has turned into. I have all the arrangements made and found out about this DUI policy.

    The daughter got a DUI in West Hollywood, 4 years ago. I'm told that if this turns up while clearing customs, we'll be turned away and forced to go back! I've spent the last couple days arguing with Canadians who can't seem to understand that I'm not dismissing the severity of OWI, but simply stating the fact that legally, this is over and done with (fines payed, classes attended, SR22 for 3 years, etc).

    On top of that, I've had guys tell me that your fate is in the hands of minimum-wage border agents and you have to hope you don't get the one reveling in big-man/big woman syndrome. I'm told that there's one thing for sure, if you're pulled out of line, YOU ARE DONE FOR!

    Anybody else dealt with this? Any suggestions? (other than, stay away from Canada)

    Did your daughter happen to get a deferred judgement? If so...you'll be allowed in.

    I emailed this lady about the question at hand. If anyone thinks they may a problem at the border I suggest you contact her. She knows what is possible and what route you can take and will assist you. . Be honest and prepared to answer the questions at the border. They have a job to do and they would like to spend as little time with you as possible. However, they have all day if they feel something isn't right. The same goes for getting back into the U.S.A. Remember it was the U.S.A. that requires yo to have a Passport, not Canada.

    .............................. the law of Canada is quite clear.

    A deferred judgment = not a conviction....

    so if your friend recieved this he should be ok to travel. He should carry a copy of this and only show it if questioned at the border.

    Good luck


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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    If the DUI was within five years then you have to apply (pay) for a temporary resident permit. Once you pass the five year mark you can apply (pay again) for deemed rehabilitation. Just to apply for the temporary resident permit is a huge pain in the butt, you have to supply a ridiculous amount of information (fbi records, state police records, etc.). That application process is supposed to take approximately six months, I applied back in March and have yet to hear back, they haven't even cashed the check yet. So basically if you were planning on going this year they likely won't let her in. Seems ridiculous to me that they'll turn down tourists that will only be there a week because of a DUI but it is what it is. This is all available out on the Canadian immigration website. Good Luck.



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    Re: Entering Canada with DUI

    I've crossed the border at International Falls at least 20 times and never had a problem.



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