Each week we receive many emails and calls from Canadians who have been denied entry to the US because they have an old criminal record. Once they have been denied entry they require a US Entry Waiver (I-192) to return to the US which is an expensive and lengthy application.
Americans who wish to enter Canada are treated in a similar way if they have a criminal record they can be denied entry to Canada.
Can the Canadian border authorities stop you from going into Canada because you have a DUI on your record?
There’s a footnote on the Washington State Ferries schedule that reads, “Individuals with felony or DUI convictions are routinely denied entry into Canada.”
Answer: Yes. Canadian border officials can and will turn you back if you have a conviction on your record for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
“It’s part of our policy,” said Harkiran Rajasansi, consul at the Canadian Consulate in Seattle. “Impaired driving is considered a criminal offense in Canada.”
If you are American and have been denied entry to the US, then Pardons Canada can help you return to Canada with the proper “rehabilitation” forms that are similar to the US Entry Waiver for Canadians.