Police Certificate For Your Canadian Visa Application

Did you know you have to attach a police certificate to your Canadian Immigration visa application? Let me explain some important facts about often the certificate that you have to present:

You must attach to your application:

  • – Police force certificates of good conduct (Original document) from each land, state or territory in which you and everyone included in the application (18 years of age or over) have lived for six months as well as longer (since reaching 18 years of age);
  • – It is best to submit your original fingerprints to the authorities conducting the popo checks or clearances;
  • – If the authority in the country to obtained your national police certificate will forward the result directly to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, you should attach a note explaining your situation
  • Please note that:
  • – A Police Certificate is required by ALL countries where the applicant and his/her family include resided in for 6 months or more since reaching age 17, along with the country where the applicant currently lives;
  • – That certificate should be issued by a national or federal police force agency if possible. If you do not currently reside in that country, you might want to apply at the local Embassy or High Commission with your country of residence;
  • – A Police Certificate (also called certificate of no criminal record), is necessary for any applicant age 18 and older;
  • – You should provide original Police Certificates and also an original accredited translation if your certificates are not in English or French;
  • – The popo Certificate (s) must have been issued in the last six months