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Criminal Record for Sponsor

Discussion in 'Criminal Charges and Convictions' started by WNguyen, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. WNguyen

    WNguyen New Member

    I am currently trying to sponsor my spouse. I am filling out the application but when it comes to the question about criminal record, I have one, but not the way it is worded. It asks for at least 10 years, mine was five. Should I attach an explanation or will that hurt me? The answer is technically no, but I don't want to look like I am withholding anything.
    Thank you.
  2. Jeina M.P.

    Jeina M.P. Moderator

    You should absolutely disclose your criminal record. If your conviction was five years ago, and is a minor one, you may be eligible for "Rehabilitation" which means you may potentially be able to apply to your program of choice without it affecting your application process. However, if you don't disclose and CIC finds out later you have a criminal record, you could be banned from applying to immigrate to Canada for at least 5 years or longer. It's not worth the risk, you should disclose.

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