Entry to Canada after 10 Years
After 10 years has elapsed from completion of all sentencing, probationary periods and fines, individuals with a single DUI on their record may qualify for Deemed Rehabilitation status.
First Immigration Law Firm is comprised of experienced immigration attorneys dedicated exclusively to helping Americans and other foreign nationals enter Canada. Our team mainly focuses on the most challenging cases, those in which a criminal record bars admission. We have successfully helped hundreds of clients overcome DUI convictions to gain permanent or temporary entry into Canada.
After reviewing your situation, we advise on the most appropriate course of action, which may include applying for a temporary resident permit or for permanent rehabilitation. If you are eligible to be deemed rehabilitated, we help you access this important relief.
Rehabilitation for DUI
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered an excludable offense. The level of charge — felony or misdemeanor — and the manner in which your state prosecuted you is irrelevant. Any drug or alcohol-related driving offense can render you criminally inadmissible. This includes a drunk or drugged driving charge under any other name, including:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
- Driving While Impaired (DWI)
- Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI)
- Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)
- Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OMVI)
- Wet Reckless
Criteria for Being Deemed Rehabilitated
Since you already paid the price for your mistake and served your time, you should have the opportunity to move on. Fortunately, Canadian statutes recognize this fact. Citizenship and immigration officials consider you rehabilitated if you meet certain criteria. In making this evaluation, they consider:
- The type of crime for which you were convicted — including most DUIs
- The amount of time that has passed since you completed your sentence — 10 years to be deemed rehabilitated
- The number of crimes you have committed
Our attorneys guide you in gathering the evidence and data you need to prove you qualify for rehabilitation. We have the experience and resources to anticipate and address potential problems.
You may be deemed rehabilitated for a felony DUI but not if your offense would be punishable by 10 years of incarceration or more had you committed the crime in Canada. For this reason, more serious DUI convictions — such as multiple DUIs or DUI manslaughter — pose additional challenges. Our immigration attorneys can give you an honest assessment of your case and chance of success based on your individual circumstances.
Consult with Our Canadian Immigration Law Firm About Being Deemed Rehabilitated after a DUI Conviction
Enter into Canada after a DUI with the assistance of First Immigration Law Firm. If you have a DUI conviction on your record in the United States or in any other country, call our attorneys at 514.360.4333 or toll free at 1.855.360.4333. We can arrange for a Skype conversation for your convenience. You can also complete our online contact form and we will respond within 24 hours. Your first appointment is free.