Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant

Change Criminal Code has serious implications for Canadian permanent residents

Canadian permanent residents with an impaired driving conviction can lose their status and be deported under a strict change to the criminal code. Bill C-46 – an amendment to the Criminal Code – increases the maximum imprisonment for impaired driving to 10 years from five years. Under immigration law, this is considered a ‘serious criminality’ offence and can result in loss of permanent resident status and permanent residents can face deportation. Persons who want to visit, study or work in Canada with foreign impaired convictions will be now inadmissible for serious criminality and will no longer be eligible for deemed rehabilitation after 10 years.