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Police certificate

Why do I need to get a police certificate?

We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help immigration officers make sure you are not a security risk to Canada.

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When should I submit a police certificate?

Check the instruction guide for the program you are applying for to find out when you need to send us your police certificate(s).

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What if I can't get a police certificate for my immigration application?

If you’re unable to get a police certificate from a country, you’re responsible to show why you can’t get one.

To prove that you can’t get a police certificate, you must:

Even if you send us the above items, this is not a guarantee of acceptance.

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Do I need to get a police certificate for my time in Canada?

No. You don’t need to get a police certificate for your time in Canada.

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Are there any countries where I should get police certificates from before applying for immigration?

Yes. Those countries are listed in the instruction guide that comes with your application package.

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My police certificate is not in English or French. Do I need to send a translation?

Yes. If your documents are not in English or French, you must send a translation from a certified translator with your application.

We don’t accept translations by family members.

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What is an affidavit for a translation?

An affidavit for a translation is a document that says the translation is a true and accurate version of the original text.

The translator swears that their translation is a true and accurate representation of the contents of the original document. The translator does this in front of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country where they live.

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How do I give my fingerprints and get a RCMP criminal records check from inside or outside Canada?

RCMP service delays

Your request for an RCMP police clearance certificate may be delayed because of a large increase in demand. If this delay has affected you, we’ll automatically extend the deadline to provide the certificate by 30 days.

If you lived in Canada for more than 6 months since the age of 18, you may be asked for fingerprints to complete your criminal record check by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

How to submit fingerprints for a criminal record check from inside or outside Canada.

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this is not the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.


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