We recieve hundreds of calls each day from people who have been rejected from a job because they have an old criminal charge.
Many believe that if the criminal charge has been dismissed, withdrawn, stayed, absolute or conditional discharged, then the charges will go away and no one will see anything. This assumption is WRONG.
Here is an email we recently recieved that highlights this problem:
“I was charged by the police with issuing a death threat and 2x assault but after agreeing to a peace bond(which is now over)the charges were withdrawn.”
“I just started a job 6 wks. ago and when they say my record, I was fired. How do I get this record removed??”
Here is another email:
“I am obtaining information for an employee of ours. We have a trucking business and he was refused entry into the states due to an assault charge over 30 years ago to which charges were never laid.
We are not going to be able to continue to employ the driver if he is not able to cross to the States. Is there any way to expedite the procedure and if so, how long will it take and the cost. And will a letter indicating he will lose his employment assist in getting a waiver or pardon quicker? Any assistance with the information would be appreciated so that we know which way we can proceed with the employee. he is a wonderful persona and worker and it would be a shame to have to let him go due to not haveing work for him. Thank you for your time.”
A file destruction is required in cases of a dismissed, withdrawn, stayed, absolute or conditional discharge in order to remove the prints, photos, court, police and RCMP file, so that in the future, it will not be seen for criminal record checks for employment and travel purposes.
If you have been convicted of a criminal record, then you will need a Canada Pardon to remove the charges from public record.
Regardless, its important to act NOW to remove old criminal charges so they will not get in the way of employment and travel.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected] or call 1-877-929-6011.