Obtaining a Canadian Pardon (Record Suspension) is a two-stage process. The first stage is the completion of your application according to the exact specifications of the Criminal Records Act (CRA). This is a detailed step-by-step legal process which Pardon Applications of Canada completes on your behalf. The second stage refers to how long the government of Canada takes to approve your application and issue your Pardon.
PAC’s processing is among the most efficient in Canada. Timelines below are estimated based on ideal conditions with Priority status. External factors which could lengthen the timeline include court and police response times, delay in completing fingerprints, efficiency in applicant’s communication, and others.
|Application||PAC Timeline||Government Timeline||Total Timeline|
|4-6 months||3-6 months||7-12 months|
|U.S. Waiver||2-6 months||3-6 months||5-12 months|