Application for Rehabilitation for Persons Who Are Inadmissible to Canada Because of Past Criminal Activity

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This application package includes:

Use this application if you want to come to Canada but you are inadmissible because of past criminal activity.

Note: As of March 13, 2012, the term “pardon” has been replaced with “record of suspension” in the Criminal Records Act.

If you have criminal convictions in Canada but no foreign convictions, you can apply to the Parole Board of Canada for a record of suspension. You do not need to fill out this application.

You can apply for rehabilitation if at least five years have passed since you finished your criminal sentence.

If less than five years has passed, you can fill out the form and check “For Information Only.” An officer will decide if you can get special permission to come to Canada temporarily.

You can use this application if you are inside or outside Canada. Contact a Citizenship and Immigration Centre in Canada or a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate outside Canada.

Please read the guide carefully before filling out your application.


Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

  • Read the Instruction Guide and download the application forms.
  • Fill out, sign and date your application forms.
  • Pay the fees.
  • Mail your completed application.

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