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File Destruction

What is the difference between a pardon/record suspension and a file destruction/purge?

When it comes to the concealment of records there are different options available depending on the circumstances of an individual. A file destruction for instance, is needed when an individual was charged, fingerprinted and had to attend criminal court but was ultimately not convicted. Applying for a file destruction ensures that police records, photos, court…

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Canadian Pardon Applications and Military Charges

If an individual was once in the military or is still currently serving, a military conduct sheet must be submitted for consideration as part of a Canadian pardon application. Military conduct records display both civil and criminal convictions along with any kind of military misconduct. Civilian convictions that occur within the military may not actually…

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3 Reasons to Retain a Firm to Complete your U.S. Entry Waiver Application

by Sujithaa Jesunesan, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Knowledge & Experience Immigration laws of the United States are rarely considered common knowledge to the average Canadian citizen. In most cases, travellers aren’t aware of the considerable amount of stipulations there are when it comes to entering the United States until they…

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What Happens if My Pardon Application is Denied?

If a pardon application was submitted and then denied, there is a strong chance that the eligibility requirements set out by the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) were not met. The PBC is the only official federal agency that is responsible for making record suspension decisions under the Criminal Records Act (CRA). Under this act,…

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Can You Start the Pardon Application Process Before Being Eligible?

If you’re looking to apply for a Canadian pardon in the near future but you’re not eligible to start the formal application process yet, it’s still a good idea to start collecting the necessary paperwork before your eligibility date. It can take up to 10 months to gather everything you need for a successful application…

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Is a Criminal Record Check Required to Become a Volunteer?

Since volunteering involves working with the public at large in a variety of settings, most organizations now require a criminal background check before being accepted for a position. Volunteers usually lend themselves to areas that are generally sensitive such as working with children and youth, working with the elderly or mentally ill, and a variety…

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Why You Don’t Need A Lawyer To Apply For A Pardon

by Sujithaa Jesunesan, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada A lawyer can be a critical source of assistance throughout many different legal processes. From representing clients Move to Trash in civil lawsuits, business conventions, immigration, real estate support, to the criminal court, they hold a lot of knowledge in their areas of…

Will My Criminal Record Affect My Ability to Buy a Home?

While a criminal record does not automatically prevent someone from buying a house, it can complicate a process that is already difficult to navigate. Here are some of the ways that a criminal record may affect your ability to buy a house, and some information about what to do if you happen to find yourself…

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What Does the U.S. Know About Your Criminal Record?

by Chris Curcione, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada   Are you planning to go to the United States while in possession of a Canadian criminal record? If so, it’s important to know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,…

Can I Lose Custody of my Child Because of my Criminal Record?

Child custody legislation in Canada is always meant to be in the best interest of the child. In some situations, the decision of child custody is amicably decided between the parents at the time of their separation or divorce. However, in many cases when this kind of agreement isn’t possible, the decision is never made…

3 Things You May Not Know about a U.S. Entry Waiver

by Sujithaa Jesunesan, A+ Accredited Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada. 1. Not only those who have a criminal record are inadmissible to the USA Unless you are a legal citizen of the USA, any traveler, Canadian or otherwise, poses the risk of being denied entry. Although a past history of criminal…

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How Will My Criminal Record Affect My Refugee Status?

Legally speaking, a refugee is a person who is seeking asylum in a specific country because of a well-founded fear of prosecution in his or her home country. There are two types of refugee protection programs in Canada: The Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement Program manages refugees seeking asylum in Canada who are currently outside the…

History of the U.S Entry Waivers and The Department of Homeland Security of the United States

by Jim Houston, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Homeland Security has different facets within The Department of Homeland Security as a governing entity. However, the term “The Department of Homeland Security” became a household term that everyone in the United States and Canada now know on November 5, 2002.  This was…

History of Pardon

A History of Pardons in Canada

by Chris Curcione, Pardon & Waiver Officer with Pardon Applications of Canada Record Suspensions or Pardons, as they are known today, were first issued following the passing of the Criminal Records Act in 1970, and have been granted to hundreds of thousands of Canadians. However, precursors to the modern Pardon assisted the government in shaping…

Can You be Refused a Pardon?

Even if an eligible candidate applies for a record suspension and fills out the application correctly, there is a possibility that it could be refused or even revoked at a later time.  If the following has occurred or applies to you, you may not be given a record suspension, or be able to benefit fully…

Lowering pardon fees only part of the solution for Trudeau government

by Chris Heringer, CEO of Pardon Applications of Canada I’ve been encouraged by the Trudeau government’s recent review of the pardon application fee.  This potential change in the overall cost to obtain a pardon is a step in the right direction, but not the entire step. Amongst the issues currently up for debate are changes…