FAQ

About Canadian Pardon Application Services

Is Canadian Pardon Applications affiliated with or a part of the Government of Canada?

The government has no departments or agencies that complete applications for Pardons / U.S. Waivers for Canadians. Canadian Pardon Applications works closely with the Canadian Government and their policies and agencies, as well as the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and accredited fingerprinting services. We employ highly qualified and experienced legal experts and administrative professionals to assist Canadians who do not want their lives to be limited by criminal records. Our services include applications for record suspensions (also called pardons), record destructions (formally called expungements), US Entry Waivers, and rehabilitation certificates.

Are your staff qualified to handle my file?

All Canadian Pardon Applications staff are experienced professionals with years of experience and training tailored to addressing the needs of individuals dealing with issues caused by a criminal record. From the person who conducts your consultation call, to the person who submits your final application, all of our staff are equipped to handle your file, answer your questions, and address any concerns that may arise throughout the process.

Why do I need to hire Canadian Pardon Applications to assist with my applications?

When you work with Canadian Pardon Applications, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing this extremely important process is being handled by professionals who focus exclusively on completing your application efficiently and accurately. Our access to and working relationship with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), local police detachments across Canada, and other relevant organizations ensures that we will have access to the information needed to handle your application. Above all, we are driven by our passion to help deserving Canadians shake the stigma of a criminal record.

Can I apply for a pardon, record destruction, or US entry waiver on my own?

Yes however, just as people are encouraged to seek professional legal counsel for court cases, it is highly recommended to have representation for these applications. As laws around criminal records continue to change frequently, and standards for these applications remain strict, it is easy to make errors that can cause the application to be rejected, costing both time and money. Canadian Pardon Applications has the expertise and knowledge to ensure your application is properly completed.

General

What is a criminal record?

A criminal record is a file containing a list of your criminal offences or convictions, both minor and serious. The record is kept by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

How do I know if I have a criminal record?

If you have ever been charged with a crime, you have a criminal record. This is the case regardless of if you were convicted or not. Additionally, if you were fingerprinted because of this charge, your fingerprints are linked to your name and date of birth with a unique number that remains on your record unless you apply to have your arrest record destroyed.

Is the record of an arrest or charge destroyed if there is no conviction?

The record of your arrest or charge will not be destroyed simply because you were not convicted. If they are not destroyed, they remain on your criminal record and will appear if a background check is completed.

Is my criminal record cleared after my sentence is served?

A record of your charges remains public even after your sentence is served and fines are paid. This record will remain on your criminal record and will appear if a background check is completed. This applies regardless of how much time has passed since you were convicted of an offence.

Who can see my criminal record?

While criminal records are not accessible to the general public, your criminal record is visible to police officers, border security officers, judges, and other officials. Your record is also accessible through a background check which is requested in many scenarios including employment, mortgage or leasing applications, citizenship applications, custody of your children, traveling and educational opportunities.

What is a record suspension (pardon)?

A record suspension, also known as a pardon, ensures that an individual’s record of criminal convictions is sealed and will not appear in background or criminal record checks. Canadians with a criminal record may qualify for a record suspension if they have completed their sentence, paid all fines associated with their conviction, and refrained from re-offending for a specified amount of time (amongst other requirements).

What is a record destruction (expungement)?

A record destruction, also known as an expungement, is available to individuals who were charged with a crime but were not convicted. A record destruction ensures that fingerprints, photographs, and court and police records associated with the arrest are destroyed.

Who issues a pardon/record suspension?

The Parole Board of Canada is the organization that has the authority to grant, refuse, or revoke a pardon/record suspension.

Can a pardon be revoked?

A pardon may be revoked by the Parole Board of Canada if the individual to whom the pardon was issued re-offends and is convicted again. A pardon can be obtained again after the sentence for that crime is served and the individual avoids re-offending, however, they may face stricter criteria.

What is required to qualify for a pardon?

To qualify for a pardon, you must have served your sentence in full, paid any associated fines, and avoid re-offending for a certain period of time. Several other factors also influence qualification. Call us for a free consultation to find out if you qualify.

What is a US Entry Waiver?

A US Entry Waiver is a required document for individuals with a criminal record that has not been pardoned or had their arrest record destroyed, or for individuals who have been denied access to the United States. This applies to all individuals who plan to travel to the United States for work or leisure. The Waiver ensures that the individual is able to legally enter without being denied or detained.

Can I cross the US border with a criminal record?

With any criminal record, it is risky to attempt to enter the US without an Entry Waiver. If you are stopped by border services, you will be detained, photographed, fingerprinted, and likely denied entry. Your record will also be shared with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Homeland Security.

The freedom to leave your criminal record in the past is a phone call away.

Call us today to confirm your eligibility for a Canadian Pardon/Record Suspension, Expungement/Record Destruction, or US Entry Waiver, to request assistance with your application, or speak with us about your existing file. All calls are answered by a qualified legal expert and kept strictly confidential for your security and peace of mind.