I can be annoying out of curiosity.
I still remember the time when I keep asking my friends about the application for police certificate in Canada.
It was one of the requirements in applying for permanent residency for caregivers.
In this post I’m paying it forward. Let’s lessen the possibility of annoying a friend.
You’ll learn the tips that my kind and undeniably patient friends shared with me in times of confusion.
What is a Police Certificate?
Police certificate is a proof that you don’t have a criminal record.
The term may vary in other countries. For example, in the Philippines, the police certificate in Canada is equivalent to the NBI Clearance.
I submitted two certificates along with the other requirements for the application of permanent residency.
Two certificates are not a lot, you may say. Not quite if you live in different countries.
So after the definition here comes confusion. Pay attention.
Who Needs to Apply?
Anyone who is coming to Canada who are 18 or older has to apply for a police clearance certificate.
The applicants will fall to any of the following categories:
- Live-in caregiver
- Temporary worker
Applicants of permanent residency and Canadian citizenship also has to get a police certificate in Canada and other countries.
Here’s a guide to find out how many certificates you will need to apply for:
- Police certificate in Canada – must be issued six months before you submitted the application for permanent residency
- Police certificate in other countries where you have live for six months or more
If the certificate is not in English or French, a certified translator should translate the document. The original copy and translation are submitted together.
I only submitted two police certificates in Canada. But for some you’ll need a lot of help from a trusted, reliable person. (My top tips for newcomers come into play for this trick.)
How to Get a Police Certificate
As mentioned before you’ll likely need to get two or more police certificates based on your residency.
1. You can get a police certificate in Canada in three ways:
- Police services
- Company that perform name-based checks
- Accredited fingerprint companies
Personally, I found it easier to have a police check through an RCMP accredited fingerprint agency.
Through the agency, the fingerprints are electronically taken. No more messy ink.
Tip: You can also go through the accredited fingerprint agency if you have a form (requirement for the application of police certificate to another country) that requires ink and roll fingerprinting.
- Two pieces of valid government issued identifications; one must be a photo ID
- The following are acceptable identifications:
- Citizenship Card or Document
- Immigration Document ( Record of Landing)
- Birth Certificate
- Drivers License
- Permanent Resident card or Record of Landing for Citizenship Applicants
- Government ID
- Work Permits
- Student Permit
- BC Care Card
- Certificate of Indian Status
- Military Family ID card (MFID)
- Nexus Card
- Files and/or letters requesting the criminal record check
Fee: Digital fingerprinting cost + $25.00 RCMP fee if applicable (cash, credit card, cheque, or money order)
- No criminal record – 3 business days or less
- With record – 120 days or more
Check this page for the updated RCMP processing time.
2. The methods of getting a police clearance certificate overseas will vary from one country to another.
The CIC has an online tool to guide you through a list of countries along with the relevant information.
The challenging aspect of applying for a police certificate outside Canada is that you have to ask a favour to a family member, relative, or a friend to do it for you.
That’s exactly what I did.
First, I had an ink and roll fingerprinting in an accredited fingerprinting agency in Calgary, then I sent the form through a relative who is going back to the Philippines. My relative gave the form to my sister who did all the work.
This process takes time but I saved a lot by asking help to the right people, especially my sister who didn’t waste time.
For more information, you can read the post on how I get an NBI Clearance in the Philippines without leaving Canada.
Consider how long is the processing time for the application of police clearance certificate in Canada and other countries.
I’ve heard stories of delayed submission of immigration application (permanent residency, citizenship, etc.) because they were still waiting for the police certificate from overseas.
I’ll say this again . . . and again. Submit your application on time.
So these are my tips about police certificate in general.
Keep an eye on post regarding police checks in the succeeding days because this post is not enough to cover all the tips.
Let’s learn one day at a time.
Leave your thoughts in the comment. How did you get your police certificate in Canada? What about the police clearance from overseas?
Resource: CIC – Police Certificates (Police Checks), RCMP – Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks