Criminal rehabilitation in Canada offers individuals with a DUI or criminal record a chance to enter or reside in the country despite their past offenses. This process is crucial for those affected, but it’s important to stay informed about the ever-changing requirements. Here, we outline the general steps for applying for criminal rehabilitation in Canada.

1. Determine Your Eligibility:

Eligibility for criminal rehabilitation is available to those who have been convicted of an offense outside Canada and have completed their sentence at least five years prior to applying. The offense must fall outside the category of serious criminality under Canadian immigration law. Additionally, applicants must have no other criminal convictions or pending charges.

2. Gather Required Documents:

A successful application requires various documents, including a passport, court documents related to your conviction, proof of sentence completion, and other supporting evidence demonstrating rehabilitation and good conduct post-offense.

3. Complete the Application Form:

Fill out the criminal rehabilitation application form, available on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Ensure all information provided is accurate and complete to avoid delays.

4. Submit Your Application:

You can submit your completed application and supporting documents to the IRCC either by mail or online. Choose the method that is most convenient for you.

5. Wait for Processing:

Processing times for criminal rehabilitation applications can vary significantly. Stay updated on current processing times via the IRCC website to manage your expectations.

6. Attend an Interview (If Required):

Some applications may necessitate an interview with an immigration officer for further clarification or additional information.

7. Receive a Decision:

Upon processing, you will receive a decision from the IRCC. If approved, a Certificate of Rehabilitation will be issued, allowing entry or stay in Canada. If refused, explore options for appeal or reconsideration.


Criminal rehabilitation is a discretionary process and not a guarantee. Understanding the intricacies and meeting all the requirements is crucial for a successful application. For personalized guidance, consulting with a qualified Canadian immigration lawyer is highly recommended.

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