May 26, 2015. The Winona Daily News ran a story about issues surrounding traveling to Canada after a DUI conviction. Driving under the influence of alcohol is considered serious offense for immigration purposes in Canada and a border officer can refuse you entry into Canada if you have been convicted previously of a DUI. A little planning can prevent an inconvenient and embarrassing disruption to your trip to Canada.
There are two remedies:
1) For DUI and convictions less than 5 years old: An application for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) will allow travel into Canada for business and/or pleasure.
2) For DUI and Convictions over 5 years old: A rehabilitation permit may be applied for allowing permanent hassle free travel into Canada.
-Author: George Creal