If you have plans for hunting, fishing or vacationing in Canada, there are certain things you can’t forget in preparation for the big event. Pack your hunting gear. Don’t forget a camera. When fishing, be sure to bring a water proof jacket, and plenty of Dare Devils. But, you may be surprised to know, that you also must make sure you remember any driving mishaps, or teenage pranks that involved the police. Because if you’re traveling to our neighbor to the North, you may be stopped at the border for legal entanglements that have been minimized or have even been long forgotten.
That’s exactly what happened shortly before 9/11 to Steve, a Cleveland native, traveling with buddies to a softball tournament in Manitoba. Questioned at the Canada/ North Dakota border, Steve revealed a long ago DWI to Canadian authorities. Immigration officials then questioned him for three hours regarding the offense, and finally denied Steve’s entrance. He lost the time driving to Canada, wasted the deposit for his Canadian hotel and missed out on the wonderful male bonding experience. So while the rest of his team played softball in Winnipeg, Steve spent the weekend alone in downtown Pembina, North Dakota, exploring the local gas station and church museum, until his team picked him up days later on their way home. A wasted opportunity, because Steve failed to realize that due to a long ago conviction, he needed to legally prepare or be left behind at the border.
Like Steve, anyone with a criminal conviction will require unique legal assistance before travelling to Canada for any reason. Most Americans take entry into Canada for granted, and often consider it simply a borderless extension of the United States where people say “Eh.” The reality is strikingly different. So, before you book that work meeting, vacation with the kids, honeymoon or elk-hunting trip, it’s really important to consider the issues relating to any prior legal entanglements and that Canadian border. These issues include who can enter the country, who can be excluded, how you can overcome exclusion, and how someone who is ineligible can nonetheless seek entry to Canada.
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Satveer Chaudhary is the founding lawyer of Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC. In practice over 10 years Chaudhary brings 14 years of legislative experience as a State Senator and Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives to each and every case
Satveer S. Chaudhary is a lifelong sportsman and former wildlife and conservation policy- maker. As an attorney, he represents hunting and fishing organizations, businesses, individual hunters and anglers, and serves on the board of Safari Club International. He has worked in a variety of capacities with National Association of Sportsmen Caucuses, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. He knows the law because he helped make it.
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