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Approval of Criminal Rehabilitation

An Approval of Criminal Rehabilitation is a document issued by IRCC, which removes a person’s inadmissibility to enter Canada due to a criminal record. The Approval of Criminal Rehabilitation never has to be renewed and lasts for the entire lifetime of the individual as long as they are not convicted of any other crimes in the future.

As well, to be eligible for a rehabilitation, you must not currently be charged with any crime. It takes about six months to one year for an Approval of Criminal Rehabilitation application to be processed.

Deemed rehabilitation:

If you completed your sentence more than 10 years ago, you may be deemed rehabilitated. This means that you can enter Canada without making a special Canadian immigration application. However, you may need to provide documents that prove when your sentence ended.

Criminal Rehabilitation applications are complex. For advice and consultation or If you would like more information about applying for a Criminal Rehabilitation, Contact Service Links Canada Offices in Bangkok, Thailand (+66 2 003 1450) or Vancouver, Canada (+1 604.944.7912) or check your eligibility online today. We can advise you on the best application for your situation and help you get started.


Send email to immigration@servicelinks.ca with copies of your criminal record documents.