Get Your Criminal Record Check

For many Canadian immigration applications, you will need a criminal background check. Even if you have not been charged or convicted of any crimes, within Canada or overseas, you will need to obtain a police certificate. If you have committed a crime, it may also be showcased on the police certificate. 


    Depending on your case, you may not be required to submit a police certificate. Generally, you will need to submit one if you:

    • are 18 years of age or over; and
    • have lived in a country for 6 months or more since the age of 18.

    If you are currently residing in the country for which a police certificate is needed, you may need to submit one that is less than 6 months old. If you have lived there in the past, the police certificate may need to have been issued after you last lived in the country.


      Depending on the country, it could take a few weeks to a few months. Which is why you should time your application and request one early on to avoid delays. Each country has it’s own procedure which can be found on IRCC’s website. Authorized companies such as Canadian Fingerprinting Services may obtain your police certificate in as little as 72 hours.

      Each country will have their own steps and requirements on obtaining police certificates, whether you are in the country or overseas. You will need to provide photos, fingerprints and pay the processing fee.


        Start preparing your documents. Feel free to contact us and we will forward you instructions on how to obtain your police certificate.

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