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1. Posted by mot08 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi, I am currently a full-time student. 2 years ago I was arressted for being 'drunk and disorderly' and given a reprimand. I am a British citizen. Does anybody know if it is possible for me to obtain a working holiday visa for Canada or will my past arrest prevent me from doing this.

Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers.

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Chances are you'll be applying through BUNAC for this visa, you're best off checking with them.

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Since Drunk & Disorderly isn't a Criminal Offence here I'd say don't worry-if you're asked if you have a criminal record the answer is-truthfully-No.

Neither have you been convicted of a Criminal Offence.

As to asking BUNAC-don't ever bring your situation to the attention of any authority-people in that position often feel like that have to do right-and screw things up for others like yourself.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting SamSalmon

Since Drunk & Disorderly isn't a Criminal Offence here I'd say don't worry-if you're asked if you have a criminal record the answer is-truthfully-No.

Neither have you been convicted of a Criminal Offence.

As to asking BUNAC-don't ever bring your situation to the attention of any authority-people in that position often feel like that have to do right-and screw things up for others like yourself.

BUNAC is not an "authority" when it comes to visas for Canada, it's the recognised organisation which Canada immigration deal with - basically a middle-man or agent. The rules for the Canada visa is not set by them, however they would be aware of the situation better than any other (except for Canadian immigration themselves of course).

In regards to your first comment, you're presuming a lot here. First that the only, or minimum, thing that Canadian immigration looks for is a "criminal offence", and secondly that they only look for this in terms of Canadian law - particularly as part of the process of applying through BUNAC is that you include a UK Police Check (reference).

It's always best to check this kind of thing out properly before setting about applying, although it could well be fine the alternative is you lose money and can't go.