The Requirements for Criminal Rehabilitation

Criminal Rehabilitation Requirements

There are certain requirements that must be fulfilled to obtain criminal rehabilitation. These include:

Completing criminal rehabilitation will ensure that you won’t be denied entry into Canada because of your criminal inadmissibility. Once you have completed criminal rehabilitation and want to go to Canada temporarily on a temporary resident visa you will need to show certain documentation as listed below:

Listed below is the amount of time you can be deemed rehabilitated or to apply for rehabilitation.



Deemed Rehabilitated?

Apply for Rehabilitation?

Indictable Offence

>10 years


After 5 years

Indictable Offence

<10 years

After 10 years

After 5 years

Summary offence




2 Summary Offences




If you had a suspended sentence, then it would be five years from which the sentence was laid, but if it was with a fine then it would be five years from which the fine is paid. If there was probation then it would be 5 years from the probation period.

You can be denied entry even if you are deemed rehabilitated. It is advisable you obtain a letter from a legal adviser and show it to the border officer.

When the officer is reviewing your application, they will assess the need vs risk. If they feel you will commit another offence, they will reject your application.

Contact Akrami & Associates

If you need assistance with your criminal rehabilitation application, please feel free to contact us today so that we can go over your matter and advise accordingly.