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dui charge

hi am ken by name have a dui charge in canada and am planing on going to mexico would that stop me from going to mexico btw i was also given a departure order too.

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Foresthill, CA
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1. Re: dui charge

I got a DUI in us 15 years ago. Bad bad mistake but I haven't had any problems. I've been to mexico 5 times in the last few years.

Columbus, Ohio
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2. Re: dui charge

What is a departure order? Just curious.

Portland, Oregon
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I was just going to ask that same question....

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5. Re: dui charge

It looks like a Departure Order is issued by Canadian Immigration to tell someone that he must leave the country (because he overstayed his visa, worked/studied in Canada without permission, etc.). That person has thirty days to leave, and MUST verify his departure with a Canadian immigration officer at the port of exit. Failure to leave within 30 days, and/or failure to verify the departure, could lead to a more serious Deportation Order.

If a person complies with a Departure Order, he can later re-enter Canada after the normal examination at a port of entry. He wouldn't need an approved Authorisation to Return to Canada (ARC) document in order to return. But, if the Departure Order is escalated to a Deportation Order, that person would need an approved ARC document to return to Canada.

Queretaro, Mexico
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6. Re: dui charge

There have been many recent reports of people being refused entry by Mexican immigration because of DUIs even in cases where those people have been accepted many times previously (with the same charge). So it is possible that you will be denied entry. Of course the majority of people in the same situation DO get in OK and it has proved impossible to determine why some are OK and some aren't! So chances are you will be OK but don't be too surprised if you are sent home.

Puerto Vallarta...
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Never heard of anyone being denied entry to Mexico because of a Canadian DUI, do you have any proof of that Steve?

Queretaro, Mexico
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Can't find a specific example of a Canadian DUI but a DUI is a criminal offense in Canada (not in the U.S.) and is an offense for which entry can be denied under the Mexican Immigration Act. Search the TA forums and you will a lot of strange instances of entry refusals for old charges happening just recently. I just don't feel that I can advise anyone with 100% certainty that they will get in with a ciminal conviction (even though at least 99% do).

Surrey, Canada
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I am not sure if it's a criminal offence in all cases here in B.C.

Calgary, Canada
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I don't think it's the DUI that's the primary issue here, as noted already the departure order would be more problematic for them trying to get back IN to Canada. From anywhere.

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