How to apply for a Criminal Rehabilitation in Canada

What makes you inadmissible to Canada?

There are many reasons as to why a person would be deemed criminally inadmissible to Canada.

The Canadian government is very clear and cautious about the security of Canada and the safety of Canadians and therefore if a foreign national is deemed inadmissible, it means they are deemed dangerous to the safety and wellbeing of this country. It is then therefore based on these safety and security grounds that such a person would not be allowed to enter Canada. There are many grounds on which you can be deemed inadmissible; here are a few main ones:

  • Criminal history- this could be a DWI or even a more serious offence

  • Security risk to Canada

  • Human or international rights violation

  • Membership in an organization that takes part in organized crime

  • Misrepresentation

What can I do to change my status in Canada?

If the above describes your situation then you need to apply for a Criminal Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation eliminates the grounds of criminal inadmissibility and states that sufficient time has passed since you have offended and you are unlikely to offend in the future. You must meet these grounds in order to apply:

  • 5 years must have passed since the completion the sentencing of the offence

  • Compared to the Canadian criminal code, the offence/s must only generate an indictable offence punishable by a term of 10 years or less

Remember this is a permanent solution to your inadmissibility so it will be a time consuming process. To ensure your application does not take more time than required you must submit a complete and strong application. Not submitting a complete application may garner you a refusal or even return of your application package. It is always recommended to seek legal help as this is a serious matter and it’s crucial that you submit a strong case.

Some of the important documents to submit with your application are:

  • Immigration forms

  • Identification documents

  • Supporting documents such as reference letters

  • Conviction documents

The processing time for this application is anywhere between 12 – 18 months and it might be longer under Covid-19 restrictions.


For more information

If you do not qualify for a criminal rehabilitation given the grounds stated above, you may be eligible for another application. Consult Olympia Immigration to find out what application suits your situation more appropriately.

Getting professional help is always recommended. Olympia Immigration has assisted many clients with different immigration matters. Contact us for more information on how to apply for a Criminal Rehabilitation or any other immigration related matter. For more details call 647-325-2905.

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