The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers about how past criminality may affect admissibility to Canada.
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This question is only applicable to individuals who hold citizenship of a visa-exempt country.
- You have been convicted for two or more summary convictions and five years have passed since the sentence was completed; or
- You have been convicted of a non-serious indictable offence (e.g. DUI) and more than 10 years have passed since the sentence was completed; and
- If the crime you committed would be punishable in Canada by a maximum prison term of less than 10 years.
Individuals who have lived, or are currently living in the United States, must submit both a federal FBI certificate and police certificates from each individual state where they have resided for six months or more.