You may need a criminal and security check (police certificate) if you are coming to Canada as a:
- live-in caregiver,
- student or
- temporary worker.
When you apply to become a permanent resident, you must get a police certificate.
We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help visa officers make sure you are not a security risk to Canada.
Find out how to get a police certificate.
Learn more about police certificates.