My US passport was stamped by Canada and had my Study Permit stapled to that page when I officially 'landed' in Canada as a student. The same happened when my Study Permit was renewed. It's never been stamped any other time.
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Everyone in this thread reminds me of people trying to figure out why the metal detector beeped on them at the airport. After checking through customs you'll hear some ******* have a 30 minute conversation in the terminal with his wife "well i didn't have my belt on, I can't think of anything metal"...
HEY MORON! It's a random ****ing beep so they can pat down random people. Yes it goes off when metal is detected but i'm sure it also goes off just for ****s and giggles to check people.
Kind of like ******* border guards, that's their job. To pressure you and see how you react to it. Jesus people.
Last edited by WhistlerYOW; 10-03-2012 at 04:55 PM.
I'm not going to give any advice to the OP, but I can answer his question. As a result of some very poor decision making which won't happen again, I had a DUI about 7 years ago in GA. Two years ago I went to the F1 race in Montreal with a friend of mine. At the time, I didn't even know about their restriction. We drove over the border without incident. I presented a passport, but I don't remember if it was scanned or not. Even if it was, there's no information about your criminal record directly on the passport. If Canada has a database that can link the two, it didn't go off in my case. Perhaps I was just lucky, but I think that a standard tourist crossing doesn't get the same level of scrutiny as someone showing up on a student / work visa.
Take that for what it's worth.
I know this "guy" very well that has a record and has had zero issues crossing over to Canada. Last trip over was 2010. Heading up from Jay Peak. I'm sure our passports weren't scanned going or leaving.
Roll the dice and go for it.
I've never had an issue crossing over and have never had a guard give me a hard time. Even when I had to get out of the car.