Tips For Travelers With Legal Blemishes Trying To Cross Canada Border


Published: June - 2011

For anyone planning to hunt in Canada this fall, crossing the border, even with guns, is fairly easy as long as you have a valid passport. It's fairly easy, that is, UNLESS you have any legal troubles lurking in your background. Because Canadian laws differ from US, a misdemeanor conviction such as a DUI or any kind of domestic violence charge lurking in your past can prevent you from entering Canada. One conviction may or may not affect your travel plans, depending on when it happened and what it was. Two convictions almost certainly will, and you may need four to 10 months to unravel the red tape.

We first told you about these issues back in 2007 (see Article ID 1916) with a follow-up in 2008 (Article ID 2168). Nothing has significantly changed since then, but travelers are still being taken unawares.

We were reminded of this recently by a subscriber (who chooses to remain anonymous) who had two DUI convictions way back in the early 80s but has had a spotless record since. He's been kind enough to show us the lengthy and detailed applications he's filed to prove to Canadian authorities that he's rehabilitated, and kept us updated on the progress of his application. Suffice it to say, this wasn't an easy process, nor a quick one; it took over six months start to finish to obtain permission to enter Canada. Fortunately, barring any future convictions, this is a one-time process.

This subscriber offers some tips for others who may be in this situation. He says that the Northern Ontario Tourism Outfitters Association (NOTO) implemented a pilot program between NOTO and Citizenship and Immigration Ontario (800-665-5787) to help process rehabilitation applications. NOTO is also attempting to get other Canadian outfitter associations to do the same in their respective provinces. He recommends speaking with Doug Reynolds or Laurie Marcil at NOTO for guidance.

To complete an application for rehabilitation, you will need police certificates from your local and state police as well as the FBI, plus........(continued)

 
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