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Thread: UK criminal record

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2016

    Default UK criminal record

    Hi, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine was convicted of drunk driving in the UK, spent a night in a cell at the police station, then went to court where he was banned from driving for 1 and a half years and also received a fine of 500. He took a drunk awareness course and his ban was reduced to one year. On that course he was told that if he has a criminal record in the UK, he would never be able to travel to New Zealand, Australia, the US or Canada. Is that true? Also, I don't know if it matters or not, but he does not hold a UK driving license. He is Romanian. Thank you for your help!
    Last edited by 322cristina; 14th March 2016 at 10:50 PM. Reason: Forgot to mention something important

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    People who are not eligible AT ALL for temporary entry to NZ are the ones mentioned here as being ineligible for residence, also. So the instructor was right, that a criminal record of a certain kind can exclude someone permanently.

    The list I know of that mentions drunk driving is this, which sets down that anyone convicted of it within the previous five years cannot be granted residence without a character waiver.

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