Hi, I am a New Zealand citizen and I'm wanting to move to Canada to work in the Visual Effects industry. However I am very worried about a DUI I had about 8 years ago when I was young and stupid (this is my only offence). Everything I have read online indicates that there is a very slim chance that I will be able to gain entry for work purposes with this on my record. I have read that the law was recently changed and that you may not enter if you have a conviction within 10 years. Usually the company will sponsor my visa, but if its a smaller studio I may have to apply for a working holiday visa.
I was also told by other people online that as of December 19 I will be inadmissible for life not just for 10 years since the offence. Is there any truth to that?
I've read there are 2 options, apply for a TPR, or criminal rehabilitation. Rehabilitation seems to be the best option for me that I can see. With the law changing on December 19, is it worth attempting to submit a rehabilitation application right now? Will all applications submitted before December be affected by that law change as well? I have also just submitted my application for an ETA just in case although I'm sure it will be denied due to the DUI.
Appreciate any advice
Thanks!Edited: 19 October 2018, 17:10