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I have a dui of a bout a year ago. I have completed my sentence

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I have a dui of a bout a year ago. I have completed my sentence and penalties. I have booked a trip to vegas from toronto to attend a family wedding. Will my dui be an issue?
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Yes this may very well be a serious issue.

Because of your criminal record at first you are considered to be inadmissible to Canada on the basis of criminality.

But, after 5 years has passed since your sentence as been completed it is sometimes possible to be deemed to have been rehabilitated when you reach the border. However, there's no guarantee as it's up to the discretion of the immigration office.

If you don't want to take a chance at the border the most prudent thing to do is to apply for individual rehabilitation. If this application is successful you will no longer have to be concerned about being turned away at the border.

But, it takes over a year to get this processed.

So, if you want to come up before then it's sometimes possible to get what is called a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). This is really your only option at this point in time. It may work though there is certainly no guarantee.

Here is a link to the information about the TRP application:

Here is the link to the webpage that explains how rehabilitation works:

Let me know if you need any further clarification.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi again, I am canadian visitng the us or other countries. I know canadians who have had a dui and are able to drive across many us borders. Will i have an issue at the toronto airport when flying out to vegas or other cities/countries?

I am very sorry. I misread the question.

I will have to move this to the US law list and have a US law expert answer.

I thought you were trying to enter Canada.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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You have a B-2 visa or you just plan to use your Canadian passport?

Your DUI, was it a simple DUI, no injuries or property damage? And what was the sentence and penalties?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I will use my CAD passport.

There were no injuries no one involved except for me. No damage. Car was impounded -- proper procedure, court case ensued I pled guilty lost my license for nine months.....all has been reinstated a year ago , the incident took place Feb 2011, Court March 2011 License back July 2012.

I do know of a person who also experienced dui and travels via vehicle across many US borders without question.....

A simple DUI with no injuries or damage is not a crime involving moral turpitude. Here is link to the U.S. Supreme Court case that decided that:

So technically, your simple DUI should not affect your ability to travel on your Canadian passport. But to be on the safer side, you should carry with you certified copies of the police report and the court disposition so that you have the least amount of problems/delays when you cross the border.

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Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer
Category: Immigration Law
Satisfied Customers: 108656
Experience: 10+ years of experience in various aspects of U.S. Immigration Law.
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