What are police checks or clearances?
Who needs to submit police clearance documents?
When do I need to submit them?
How long does it take to receive them?
That depends. Delivery times will vary widely by country and issuing authority. We advise most applicants begin the process of obtaining police checks as soon as they begin the process of preparing the initial visa application.
Police Check Issuing Authorities by Country
Police Checks FAQs
Name: Police Checks FAQs
Description: Canada is a bit tough with their rules regarding police checks. You don't want to apply too early -- but equally if you leave it too late you can miss a deadline and get your application bumped! And if you have a criminal record to explain, be sure to get advice before making any representations to the Canadian gov't. This page also has helpful links to issuers of police clearance documentation.