IRCC updates police certificates requirement for Express Entry

There are certain changes made by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in which instructions for the police certifications have been updated for people who are applying for permanent residency  by the federal Express Entry system.

Now, any applicant who has been residing in any country for six consecutive months or for a longer period of time within the last 10 years or since the age of 18, have to provide police certifications.

The update has been applied to all the applicants who are applying for permanent residence through the Express Entry and they have submitted their applications on or after January 1st, 2015.

Before the recent update, the applicant was obliged to provide police certifications if they have been residing in a country or a territory for a total of six months. For example, an applicant who has been in a country for two months and then left the country but then he/she returned and stayed for four months then he/she had to give police certificate from that country.

Although now with this update, the applicant would only have to submit a police certificate from a country in which they have stayed for a consecutive six months or longer.

The family of the principal applicant (spouse or common law partner, and children who are under the age of 18) would also be required to provide police certificates when submitting the electronic application for the residency.

Requirement(s) for police certificates:

  • It must not have been issued by the police prior to the six months of the application submission
  • It must have been issued after the applicant has lived in the country
  • It is required at the time of submission of application or APR and required for all the countries except for Canada, where the individual has lived for six months in a row or longer than that
  • The original certificate has to be scanned and submitted in color, any certified copies or unauthorized copies would not be accepted and it will also result in the application being rejected

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