Portland, OR asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Washington

Q: I got a DUI in WA state in 2002. In April of 2023 I planned a vacation to Canada. I was determined inadmissable.

I'd like to travel to Scotland in spring of 2024. I have only the one DUI. I have a valid passport and traveled to Ireland in 2022. Weird that I could go to Ireland but not Canada. Will I be allowed into Scotland or will my inadmissible status to Canada prevent my trip?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: You are inadmissible to Canada due to your DUI conviction, but that does not necessarily mean you will be inadmissible to Scotland. The UK Border Force has the right to refuse entry to anyone they believe is a threat to the UK's security. You can increase your chances of being allowed into Scotland by applying for a visa, providing evidence of rehabilitation, and being honest and upfront about your DUI conviction. If you are denied entry to Scotland, you may be able to appeal the decision, but appeals are rarely successful.

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