Police clearance certificate Express Entry is one of the mandatory documents for the Primary Applicant and all dependents in the application. The absence of a Police certificate will most likely result in a rejection of the application. This certificate is used to determine if there is a criminal record or a risk to Canadian security.

Requirement on Police Clearance Certificate Express Entry

A police clearance certificate is required from each country where the applicant/dependents have lived for six or more months after they turned 18 years of age.

  • For the current country of residence, police certificates must not be more than 6 months old when you submit your application (e-APR).
  • For other countries where applicant/dependants have lived for six or more months (not necessarily in a row), the police certificate must have been issued after the date of departure of the last time you were in that country.

Note that a Police clearance certificate may be called something else in your country e;g:

  • Police clearance certificates,
  • Good conduct certificates,
  • Criminality check,
  • Judicial record extracts or
  • other names.

Validity of Police Clearance Certificate

The validity of a police clearance certificate for immigration is of 1 year from the issue date.

How to get a Police Clearance Certificate? What are the Documents required?

You can use CIC (IRCC) online tool to know more about accepted documents required for a police clearance certificate based on the countries that are relevant to your application. You can know more about the accepted Police certificate from the links below. Simply select your country from the drop-down menu to see specific requirements.




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