By comparison there is relatively little information about what
happens if you have a wet and reckless conviction on your
record. The result however, is exactly the same if you have
been convicted of a DUI or wet and reckless. Individuals
often ask what is the difference, for Canadian immigration
purposes, between a DUI, DWI, DWAI, OWI or Wet Reckless and my
answer is always the same, it does not matter for Canadian
immigration purposes, all can result in you being criminally
inadmissible to Canada.
So why does a wet and reckless make you inadmissible to Canada?
Whenever an individual is convicted of an offence outside of Canada
the Canadian immigration officials will conduct an analysis to see
if the offence is equivalent to any Canadian Federal offence.
In Canada, our Criminal Code has 2 offences that may be equivalent:
Operation While Impaired and Dangerous Operation of a Motor
Vehicle. Both of these offences are known as hybrid offences and
therefore if you are convicted of an offence that is equivalent to
either of these offences you will be criminally inadmissible to
So what can you do about it?
If it has been more than 5 years since the completion of your
sentence, you are eligible for Criminal Rehabilitation, which is
the application that will essentially wipe your slate clean for the
purposes of entering Canada. This process can be quite
lengthy. If you need to be in Canada before that application
can be processed, or if 5 years have not yet passed since you
completed your sentence, you can apply for a Temporary Resident
Permit (TRP), which is like a hall-pass that allows you to be in
Canada despite being inadmissible. In order to apply for a TRP you
need to prove that you have a significant reason to enter
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