Normally, it is very difficult for you to come to other countries, especially developed countries such as Canada if you had a criminal record in the past. However, thanks to the individual rehabilitation of the Government of Canada, you can be considered to entry to Canada.
Who is criminal inadmissibility?
Before finding out about individual rehabilitation, we should first take a look at what types of crimes are considered to be criminal inadmissibility. Generally, you are criminally inadmissible if you were in one of the three situations below:
- You were convicted of an offense in Canada
- You were convicted of an offense outside of Canada but it was also considered a crime in Canada either.
- You have committed an act outside of Canada that is considered a crime under the laws of the country where it occurred and would be punishable under Canadian law.
What is individual rehabilitation?
Individual rehabilitation is a process that is designed specifically for those who have criminal inadmissibility can come to Canada. The purpose of individual rehabilitation is to make sure that you are maintaining a stable lifestyle, and you will not likely to commit new crimes in the future.
Who are eligible for applying individual rehabilitation?
You are eligible when:
- If you were convicted of an offense outside Canada that, if committed in Canada and the maximum length of punishment for your crime in Canada would be less than 10 years, it must be five years after completion of the sentence imposed.
- If you committed an offense outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, and the maximum length of punishment for your crime in Canada would be less than 10 years, it must be five years after commissioning of the offense.
- If you were convicted of an offense or you committed an offense outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, and the maximum length of punishment for your crime in Canada would be more than 10 years, it must be five years from completion of the sentence or commission of the offense.
The individual rehabilitation process
First, you should check if you are eligible for deemed rehabilitation or not. If you are, you do not need to apply to the individual rehabilitation. If you are not, you need to apply to the process, so initially, you prepare all the forms and documents required. There is a checklist in order that you can revise whether you gather all the things or not:
- Document Checklist – IMM 5507
- Application for Criminal Rehabilitation – IMM 1444
- Use of a Representative – IMM 5476 (if applicable)
Then, you should send the application to the Canadian visa office of your area only by mail or courier. Finally, you just need to wait for the result from the Canadian authorities.
The processing time
It really depends on the crime that you committed. In some cases, it can take up to a year to have the outcome, so if you have a plan visiting or furthermore, immigrating to Canada, you should take the action as soon as possible.
How much does the fee cost?
- Application for inadmissible on the grounds of criminality: $CAD 200
- Application for inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality: $CAD 1,000
- Biometrics (if required): $CAD 85
What can delay your processing?
You can experience delays if:
- Your photocopies of the documents are unclear.
- Verification of your information and documents takes more time than expected.
- A medical condition that may need more tests or consultations.
- A criminal or security problem.
- Consultation is needed with other offices in Canada and abroad.
Get help with individual rehabilitation
If you have any questions or need assistance in preparing information for immigrating to Canada, please do not hesitate to contact us through Immilist to get help. Our website provides an amount of information related to visiting and immigration to Canada, including individual rehabilitation, to help you understand clearly the process you apply.canada immigrationCommon Inadmissibility problems/reasonscriminal inadmissibilitydeemed rehabilitationhow to immigrate to CanadaInadmissibilityIndividual rehabilitationmediccal Inadmissibility