Visitor: When I was 19 I tried to steal lipgloss worth less then 16 dollars. I didn’t leave the building just exsited the store I was in. Anyways I immediately handed the lipgloss over to the officer as he approached me. I was questioned not arrested. I dont know if there were any charges. I know that there were no charges pressed and I never went to court and I was never convicted of anything. I didn’t even have to pay a fine.
A man who worked there said that as long as I took an online course about cleptomaniacs then there wouldn’t be any charges or any court case or anything and there wasn’t.
Anyways I’m applying for permanent residence in Canada and there’s a question that asks if you have ever committed a criminal offence
Should I check yes? Should I check no?
I’m not sure and I’m worried and scared I don’t want to be turned down. My spouse is Canadian which is why I’m trying to live here permanently.
Pardons Canada: You were arrested but not fingerprinted or formally charged for a criminal offence so nothing will show up on a criminal check and your shoplifting will not affect your immigration status. If you were criminally charged and the charges were withdrawn, stayed, dismissed, peace bond or discharged, then you would need a file destruction to remove your prints.