If you received a California DUI recently and you want to go to Canada soon, don't forget to click on this link posted by the San Diego County DUI Law Center.
California Drunk Driving defense attorneys suggest this policy means a new approach by Canada, allowing multiple entries.
Basically, the Canadian Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism issued Operational Bulletin 389 in February of 2012 which means entry into Canada for first offense misdemeanor DUI folks with convictions that did not involve serving any custody in California.
Now, immigration officials at the border or at a visa office within the United States, may issue a Temporary Residence Permit to a foreign national who is inadmissible on criminality grounds under A36(2) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to enter and remain in Canada under Section 24(1) of that Act.
Canada has not only opened its doors to DUI offenders but has also authorized a one time discretionary waiver of the fees for a Temporary Residence Permit.
The key is to make sure your California DUI attorney secures an arrangement requiring NO custody time. Lawyers must avoid any jail sentence for the drunk driving charge on the record.
If you need to travel to Canada in the future, make sure your DUI lawyer can show the documents reflect either no jail or alternatives like community service prior to entry of any plea.