Policies on Crossing the Border (if you've had a DUI)

If you have a DUI and are planning on coming to the FINALS you need to read this. Looks like you can get into the country, it just takes an extra $200 and a form filled out.

What is the new policy on criminal inadmissibility?
Normally, if you have been convicted of an offense, such as mischief or driving under the influence, you cannot enter Canada without a permit that has a processing fee of $200. However, in line with Canada’s Federal Tourism Strategy, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency may now make it easier for you to enter Canada.

Starting March 1, 2012, you may be able to get a temporary resident permit for one visit without having to pay the C$200 processing fee. To be considered under this policy, you must

  • have      served no jail time, and
  • have      committed no other acts that would prevent you from entering Canada.

Who is eligible under the new policy on criminal inadmissibility?

You may be eligible for the fee waiver if you:

  • have been convicted of an eligible offense (or its equivalent in foreign law);
  • have  served no jail time;
  • have  committed no other acts that would prevent you from entering Canada; and    
  • are not inadmissible for any other reason.