Police certificates

We plan to expand our fingerprint and photo requirements

Starting July 31, 2018, you may need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) when you apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if you are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.

Find out if these changes may apply to you.

In most cases, when you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada, you need to get a police certificate.

We may also ask you for one if you are coming to Canada as a:

  • caregiver
  • tourist
  • student
  • temporary worker

We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help us make sure you’re not a security risk.

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