There are many immigrants in Canada who cannot get their Canadian Citizenship because of a past criminal record. Either the person has been fingerprinted by the police for a criminal offence and the charges were later withdrawn, peace bond, stayed, or discharged or there was a full criminal conviction.
Often, when new immigrants arrive in Canada they are not familiar with the laws and customs of our land. It can be a very stressful time in their lives and this is when the law can be broken.
It is imperative to start a file to obtain a Canada Record Suspension if you have been fingerprinted by the police so that Immigration Canada will be satisfied that you have taken responsibility for your wrongdoings.
Here is a letter we recently received from a person we helped to get a Canada Record Suspension for an assault conviction:
“As one who came to Canada as a refugee in 1990, becoming a Canadian citizen is the most important thing to me.”
“Until I get my citizenship, I feel like a non-person, belonging nowhere, constantly living in fear and re-living my old nightmares.”
“In fact, the stress of living like this has led to depression and illness which actually contributed indirectly to my having a criminal record. And it is because of this criminal record that I have not got my citizenship yet.”
“I can only hope and pray that now that I have been granted this Canada Record Suspension, the powers that be will see fit to grant me the privilege of being a Canadian so that I can get on with my life like any other decent, law abiding citizen of this country.”
“This was my wish when I arrived here, and it is still my only desire.”