As well as the documents we have requested from you, it also takes time to collect the documents related to your criminal record. We need to make written requests to the RCMP, courts and local police departments. These documents have to be carefully reviewed against the information you have submitted to ensure there are no discrepancies. We have to use our expertise to prepare the documentation so that it will be accepted by the ARO. The ARO works on a first come first serve basis and processes thousands of applications every month.