Canada has a large immigrant population and many people who come to Canada from other countries are not aware of the law of the land. What is normal behaviour in their country may be unacceptable behaviour in Canada.
The most common criminal charges are assault, DUI and theft, though it is not limited to those alone. Sometimes, the criminal charges are dismissed, withdrawn, stayed or absolute or conditional discharge. Regardless, once you have been charged for a criminal activity, you can jeapardize your immigration status.
Landed immigrants or permanent residents or refugees with a criminal record may not be granted Canadian citizenship if they have been charged with a criminal offence.
The good news is that once a Pardon is granted, the person can obtain Canadian citizenship without any discrimination.
Here is a letter we recently received from a person we helped to obtain a Pardon for a DUI:
“I am writing you to tell you thanks for your help with my Pardon.”
“I know it took me a while to write and send you this thank you letter, but I have a good reason. I was waiting until I get my Canadian citizenship and because of your help, I am now a Canadian with a Canadian passport.”
“Now I feel like I belong here in Canada. I am born again because of the good job you and your staff at Pardons Canada are doing.”
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons and US Entry Waivers email us at [email protected]pardons.org or call 1-877-929-6011.