ARCHIVED – Operational Bulletin 422 - May 25, 2012

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Requesting Police Certificates from Mexico

Summary

This Operational Bulletin provides instructions to officers on new procedures for requesting police certificates from applicants who have lived in Mexico for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.

Background

Currently, applicants are required to provide a Federal certificate from the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR), as well state-issued police certificate(s) from each state in which they have resided for at least 6 consecutive months since turning 18 years of age. However, state certificates have become increasingly difficult for applicants to obtain, and very few of which have actually indicated any positive criminality results.

Instructions

Effective immediately, individual state-issued police certificates should no longer be requested.

Offices that process permanent and temporary residence applications from applicants who have lived for six consecutive months or longer in Mexico since reaching the age of 18 are now required to request both the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) and Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SPP) certificates. The SPP certificate is easier for applicants to obtain, and also includes a search for law infractions from state databases.

Instructions on obtaining a police certificates from Mexican police authorities has been updated on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) website: www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/security/police-cert/north-america/mexico.asp

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