What is a Criminal Rehabilitation Application?
If you are, or know of someone who has been deemed criminally inadmissible to Canada (because of past criminal convictions), considering the Criminal Rehabilitation process can be the first step in potentially being able to gain admissibility into Canada. Criminal rehabilitation is simply when a foreign national petitions to the Canadian government for permanent “forgiveness” from their particular crimes that were committed in a foreign country. If you are successful in the Criminal Rehabilitation process, previous offences will no longer hinder your ability to travel to Canada.
When it comes to determining criminal inadmissibility, it may seem complicated. However; our lawyers have expertise in deconstructing the definition, and providing understandable explanations to our clients, to aid in their comprehension of the situation. We look at foreign laws and convictions; these are then paralleled to Canadian laws as if the offence had happened in Canada. These factors are considered when determining if you are inadmissible in Canada.
Determining Eligibility for Criminal Rehabilitation
In order to be eligible for criminal rehabilitation, there are criteria that applicants must reach:
- There must be a time frame of 5 years that have passed since the completion of any sentences, probationary periods, and fines
- Must not be convicted of an infraction, or have committed an act, outside of Canada that would be the equivalent of an offence under the federal act of Parliament
If you meet the above criteria, you may be deemed as rehabilitated. Our lawyers are happy to assist you in gaining accessibility into Canada.
Steps in Applying for Criminal Rehabilitation in Canada
Step 1: Determine if You Meet the Criteria
Simply put, your offence(s) must have been committed outside of Canada (the offence(s) must be equated to Canadian laws), a period of five years must have passed since the completion of your sentence, probationary period, and/or fines.
Step 2: Fill Out the Required Paperwork
The application process requires a processing fee of $200, representative form, two photos, copy of your driver’s license, or passport, and your birth certificate.
Step 3: Gather and Provide Required Information about the Offence(s)
In the application process, it is required that the applicant provide all applicable information about the offence(s).
Step 4: Personal Statement and Letters of Reference
When preparing a personal statement, it is vital to highlight the ways that you have changed since your initial offence and to point out why you are not going to commit another offence.
When gaining reference letters, it is imperative to focus on your ties to personal and professional relationships, as well as your contribution to your community.
Step 5: Obtaining Required Police Reports
For your application to be complete, you will need to submit a criminal record check
We have experience helping our clients go through the entire process of obtaining Criminal Rehabilitation within Canada. We help our clients gather, organize, and submit all required information in the most stress-free way possible. We work with our clients to make sure that their personal statements truly reflect who they are and their progress since their offence. We make sure our clients have letters of reference from credible individuals that display their positive aspects and commitment to bettering themselves.