Criminal Rehabilitation Criminal rehabilitation
is a permanent solution, unlike the TRP. If at least five years have passed since you completed your sentence, you could be eligible to apply for this option. Upon a successful application for criminal rehabilitation
, your criminal history will no longer be grounds for inadmissibility into Canada as long as you do not commit another crime. The fees to apply for this option differ depending on the nature of your crime. The Canadian government translates your foreign crime to the Canadian equivalent to determine whether to charge you application fees for non-serious criminality ($200 CAD) or for serious criminality
($1,000 CAD). After 10 years have passed since you completed your sentence, you may be deemed rehabilitated
, provided your crime was non-serious. You may be able to benefit from this if you only have a single non-serious conviction on your record. If you have more than one conviction, you must apply for criminal rehabilitation. Otherwise, you can be automatically deemed rehabilitated and not need to apply for rehabilitation, but in this case a legal opinion letter drafted by a lawyer could be of great benefit to you when you are meeting with border officials.