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Can You Get a Canadian Work Visa If You Have a DUI?

A Canada work permit, also referred to as a Canadian working visa, allows a foreign skilled worker to be employed in the country on a temporary basis. If you have a DUI arrest or conviction on your record, however, you may not be able to come to Canada to work even with the correct visa. Criminal inadmissibility impedes a foreign national's eligibility across all Canadian immigration programs, and unless you have special entrance permission, you may not be able to work in Canada.

Foreign nationals interested in working in Canada can overcome their criminal inadmissibility by obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation. A Temporary Resident Permit or TRP enables an individual to overcome their criminal history for a limited amount of time, and can be valid for up to three years. Criminal Rehabilitation Canada allows people to fix their inadmissibility issue once and for all but takes a minimum of nine months to acquire which may be too long for many people who have received a job offer in Canada. Criminal Rehabilitation is also only possible for Americans who have finished their probation and other sentencing more than five years prior.

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A Canada Temporary Work Permit allows people who are not Canadians citizens or residents to be employed in the country. Canadian work permits may be a stepping stone to a more permanent solution such as permanent residency via the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration programs. If you have a DUI, DWI, or any other drunk driving conviction on your criminal record, you may not be eligible for Canada Express Entry or any related programs even if you have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Even Canadian permanent residents already working in Canada can run into issues at the border if they become inadmissible due to criminality.

Studying in Canada with a DUI

A Canadian student visa allows a foreign national to study in Canada. If you have been charged with impaired driving, however, you may not be able to go to school in Canada unless you obtain permission for criminal admittance from the government. Criminal inadmissibility can overshadow a Canada student visa, and without a Temporary Resident Permit or Criminal Rehabilitation, a person may not be able to travel to the country to go to school.

Getting Canada DUI Entry Permission Fast

If you have received an excellent job offer from a Canadian company, or will be getting transferred to Canada by your current employer, you may need to deal with your criminal inadmissibility issues immediately. An experienced Canadian immigration attorney can help you obtained a Temporary Resident Permit very quickly, and can guide you through a technique called "flagpoling" which can enable you to apply for DWI entry permission at a Port of Entry in order to get approved as fast as possible.

Deemed Rehabilitation

If a person has only one misdemeanor on their criminal record, they may be deemed rehabilitated ten years after they finish their sentence and could be admissible to Canada once again at this point. If a person has a felony conviction or 2 or more misdemeanors (including DUIs and wet reckless driving), however, they may never become admissible to Canada again without explicitly applying for permission. This means a criminally inadmissible person might never be able to work in Canada and could risk getting denied entry at the border even 20 or 30 years later if they do not apply for a TRP or Canadian Rehabilitation.

Other Convictions That Can Affect Work Permit Eligibility

In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI), the following alcohol-related driving infractions can render a person criminally inadmissible to Canada and therefore ineligible for a Canadian work visa without special permission: driving while ability impaired, operating a vehicle under the influence, operating while intoxicated, and driving under the influence of drugs. Other non-drinking and driving related criminal arrests and convictions, such as possession of illegal drugs or assault or battery, can also affect eligibility for Canadian immigration including for NAFTA work permits and student visas. Individuals participating in a deferment, diversion, or ARD program may also require a Temporary Resident Permit or Rehabilitation in order to get a Canada employment visa.

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