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Travelling to Australia with Canadian criminal record

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1. Posted by 27amDotCom (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I was recently charged with a DUI and may indeed be convicted. While I know this will be a once in a lifetime mistake, the fact is I will now have a criminal record. (Never before been arrasted for anything).

However, I had plans of going down to Australia for 6-9 months.

Does anybody know if this will no longer be an option?
Also, does anybody have information on whether I'll still be able to obtain an international driver's license (for easier travel in Australia)?

Thank you.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Rob,
We can get an International Driver's License(IDL) at AAA. The auto club looks at your present license, transfers the data, adds a passport photo, pay $20 and you have a valid, 1 year IDL. Go to your nearest AAA club and get it before your court date. Then you will have something even if they suspend your Canadian license. I don't think Australia is going to be concerned about your DUI. Good Luck to you.

3. Posted by 27amDotCom (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I appreciate the reply. I was actually excited to read your idea but I looked into it (the application) and it does require a current driver's license. Since I am already charged (though not convicted) with the DUI, my license has been taken and is under mandatory 90 day suspension. So unfortunately this won't work.

I'll call AAA travel to find out about travel restrictions though. If I can't drive, well, that's an inconvenience but small price to pay for my recklesness... however, I sure hope I can still travel.

None the less, I do appreciate your reply.

4. Posted by angieg (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

are you applying for a working holiday visa or just visiting?? If your just visiting on your entry form/card they will ask if you have a criminal record..my only adice is to tick the NO box...they will not know unless you tell them and dont think that they wont care if you tick yes because they will...trust me i have experience with this....good luck

5. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 10y

Quoting angieg

are you applying for a working holiday visa or just visiting?? If your just visiting on your entry form/card they will ask if you have a criminal record..my only adice is to tick the NO box...they will not know unless you tell them and dont think that they wont care if you tick yes because they will...trust me i have experience with this....good luck

haha this is true. I was watching border security the other night and a US citizen flying into Sydney with his wife for their honeymoon told them he had a criminal record. He could have very easily lied and got away with it but he chose to be honest.

He only just got let in because he had been out of trouble for a while

6. Posted by davmol (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Hey there,

Your DUI wont affect you in the slightest,the only crimes that are relevant to not getting into oz are violent crimes,Drug smuggling and rape.If you are convicted of the above then you may not enter,but the only way immigration will know is if you tell them as there is no universal database were this info is stored so they wont have a clue.
SO be wise and just smile at immigration dont say a word and enjoy your trip

dave

7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Talk about Ministry of Misinformation.

Angie, not ticking the box is abouth the dumbest thing you could do. They could turn you around right there and then. Davmol is sort of right except its not just violent crime: anything that involves imprisonment will be seriously questioned. Anything involving 12-months or more imprisonment will be a mandatory refusal although the minister could intervene if asked.

From someone who's dealt professionally with these things I can tell you that a DUI conviction with no prison time will not result in a visa refusal. When they ask you in the Character Section of the application form if you have ever been convicted tell the truth and give details. The worst that could happen is that they ask for the court records. If you lied the worst thing that could happen is a spell in a detention centre, no further entry into Austrlia for a minimum of three years, and convictions in two countries.

So I hope you really like Canada, because if you listen to Angie this may well be the only country you can live in for some time. Keep in mind also that if you lie on the passenger arrival card you have to lie on the application form - that's two offences.

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