Police certificates

In general, when you apply to become a permanent resident, you must provide police certificates.

You may need a criminal and security check (police certificate) if you are coming to Canada as a:

  • caregiver,
  • tourist,
  • student or
  • temporary worker.

We use police certificates to find out if you have a criminal record. They help visa officers make sure you are not a security risk to Canada.

Check the application instructions for the program you are applying for to find out when to send us your police certificate(s).

Find out how to get a police certificate.

Learn more about police certificates.

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