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DUI in Europe, getting in to Canada

Postby NotMe » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:20 pm

Would be great if someone can help me on this. Does anyone know what kind of documents Canada will request from me in order to enter the country? I have a job offer, but I also have a 1 year old (first) DUI in Europe. It hasn't been to court yet, as it happened while on vacation in a Southern European country - they are slow!

I know I will need a Labout Market Opinion anyway, which I think we can circumvent for the time being by allowing me to come in as a contractor. But still, this DUI could potentially kill my chances of getting the dream job.

I checked with a lawyer in Canada who said there's a decent chance of getting in. But obviously if I go through with this, I'm paying him 3K to help me. So there's a very good reason for him to say he thinks he can win.

Does anyone have any info on this? Anyone been through this? Anyone slightly optimistic about my chances? Is not mentioning this an option?

PS: I'm aware I f'd up. Had a bunch of cr*p for it already, and while I'm sure I'm entitled to much more in many people's opinions (incl. my parents, girlfriend,...). I would still hope to be able to get my dream job.
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Re: DUI in Europe, getting in to Canada

Postby John Duffield » Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:55 pm

Seems Canada allows a certain amount of leeway to the officer you encounter. Your attorney is correct, you have a decent chance, but it's all up to you.

With a flag like that, you'll receive extra attention. You'll need to have your hard drive cleaned. Your computer will probably be scanned. You should allow an hour or more to clear immigration. You may want a new passport clean of whatever problem countries you've been in. Any weed residue should be steamed out of your luggage. You'll need your best doormat attitude. etc etc
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Re: DUI in Europe, getting in to Canada

Postby Steve Gruhn » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:18 pm

If it hasn't been to court yet, you haven't been convicted, right? It might be a different matter after a conviction, but at this point you've only been accused of an infraction, not proven to have committed it.
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