If you were convicted of a criminal offense outside Canada and
more than five years have elapsed since the completion of your
sentence, you may be eligible to apply for a Criminal
When reviewing a Criminal Rehabilitation application, Canadian
border officials have to ascertain that the presence of an
otherwise inadmissible individual poses no security or safety
threats to Canadian society. Thus, prior to applying for a Criminal
Rehabilitation, a number of factors are important to consider. For
instance, an individual inadmissibility depends on the
number of the offenses committed
when the sentence for the offense was
completed (5 years or more)
the severity and type of the offense
First of all, it is important to determine the equivalence of
the offense in accordance with the Canadian law which may differ
from a country where the offense was in fact committed. Not only
may the sentences themselves differ for a specific offence from
country to country but also the offense committed in another
country may not be considered illegal in Canada. The convictions
which have no equivalence in Canada such if you were convicted of
spitting on the street in Singapore or of adultery in Philippines,
for instance, will not be taking into consideration by the Canadian
Secondly, if you have committed an offense and at least five
years have passed since your sentence was completed, you are
eligible to apply for rehabilitation regardless whether it was
serious or non-serious offense. An offense is considered serious if
it involved sex or/and the use of weapon, resulted in bodily harm
or/and involved drug trafficking, for instance. That being said,
the approval rate of your application depends on the severity and
the number of the offenses committed. Generally, the more offenses
you have been convicted of the less likely you will be granted a
criminal rehabilitation. Thus, although you can apply for a
criminal rehabilitation if five years have elapsed, numerous and
serious convictions are more likely to bring additional challenges
in your application process thereby decreasing your chances of
Finally and perhaps most importantly, in order to permanently
remove the grounds of criminal inadmissibility the applicant has to
demonstrate the following rehabilitation standards:
explanation of the offense
circumstances of rehabilitation
employment and community ties
It is highly advisable that the applicant provides a personal
statement explaining in details why the offense was committed, what
was the events leading up to the conviction and what were the
circumstances surrounding the commission of the offense. It is
crucial to show that the offense constituted an isolated event that
will not be repeated. A detailed reflection about your previous
criminal activity as well as a thorough demonstration of your new
lifestyle over the course of time since your last conviction will
Moreover, the applicant needs to convince Canadian officials
that he or she no longer poses a threat to Canadian society. A mere
passage of time is not a sufficient reason for an officer to
believe that you will not re-offend in the future. In other words,
the evidence should demonstrate that the individual has been
rehabilitated since the commission of the crime. For example, it is
helpful if you have participated in a drug/alcohol rehabilitation
programs or/and anger management programs. And that you explain how
these programs have helped you to deal with your criminal past.
Additionally, it is valuable that you include medical references
or/and proof by the rehabilitation center you were part of
describing your mental and physical improvement.
Furthermore, you should include employment and community
references attesting to your good moral character, respectable
behaviour and overall well-being. These may include your employment
history and the activities you are currently part of. The documents
you submit should support that the risk of you re-offending is
Applications for Criminal Rehabilitation are processed on case
by case basis. Having an extensive expertise in legal immigration
services, FW Canada is a major asset in facilitating your travel to
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