A criminal record is a record of criminal activity, regardless of the outcome in court. Even after several years and, even if it concerns a minor offence, a criminal record does not disappear automatically. Having a prior criminal record can create issues to many important things in life, including travelling. You need to overcome this prior to enter Canada. If you have committed the offence in Canada, then you may need to apply for a Pardon.
How Likely Am I To Be Granted A Record Suspension?
Depending on your offense you either need to wait 5 or 10 years from the date you successfully completed the sentence which was imposed on you. Once you meet the requisite time period and by providing proper supporting documents of good conduct you may be granted a pardon.
Record Suspensions are not granted if you have a sexual offence to a minor or if you have done jail time for over 2 years more than 3 times.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Record Suspension?
It takes an average of 12-24 months for a record suspension application to be processed and granted. However, to prepare the record suspension application, many documents must be collected. Acquiring the proper supporting documents takes between 3-10 months. Therefore, it is a good idea to start preparing the application well in advance of your eligibility date. Please contact us for the complete list of required documents. We are here to help you.
What Happens To My Criminal Record File After I Have Been Granted A Record Suspension?
There will always be a record of all your criminal offenses. However, once a record suspension is granted, this records will be kept separate and apart with RCMP. Once you have been pardoned for your past offenses then the information pertaining to your past record will not be disclosed without the specific approval of the Minister of Public Safety.