Q: If I have a DUI in NJ, can I enter Canada without issue since it is a traffic offense and not criminal?
And this is the case even though it’s not a criminal offense and wouldn’t show on a criminal background check?
A: Actually this is a common question and the answer is you will probably have to get a TRP from Canada or file for rehabilitation. Unfortunately it is up the guard at the Canadian border but lately I have had many clients tell me they need to do what I mentioned above. More and more countries including the US are considering a DWI/DUI a deportable or deny entry event, including now the US..
A: I also have heard that it is a problem. NJ says it is not criminal Canada says it is.
A: This is a very common question. Canada may deny you entry if you have a DWI. So, if you're planning on going to Canada, you should address this in plenty of time prior to going.
There are many Canadian lawyers who advertise on the internet to help this situation. I would contact one of them at least 2 to 3 months ahead of time.
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