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Further to the earlier update, which had a lot of people confused about the requirement of PCCs , whether they were required for the last 10years or since age of 18years.
IRCC has now issued a very clear description with for the requirement of PCCs. This should effectively clear any doubts, if there were any
To determine if the applicant or their family members have a criminal record or poses a security risk to Canada
According to the requirements below, the system will generate upload fields for the police certificates required in the document checklist using the personal history, travel history and address history provided by the applicant. However, it is always at an officer’s discretion to request a new or additional police certificate from the applicant. Applicants may also provide additional police certificates in the letter of explanation field.
Applications that do not include a required police certificate and do not provide supporting documentation where required will be rejected as incomplete.
The officer can exercise discretion when assessing whether police certificates that do not fall within standard IRCC parameters may still be required to process the application. When necessary, an officer can use discretion in their determination of whether or not a client is admissible to Canada by using other documents or mechanisms that are available to them.
Some countries will not issue police certificates to applicants and instead will only communicate directly with the relevant Canadian authorities. In such cases, existing IRCC procedures to obtain documentation should be followed.
The IRCC website provides instructions to applicants on how to obtain a police certificate.
In exceptional circumstances, IRCC may accept both of the following:
In such exceptional cases, the client will be advised to upload a document into the upload field stating country-specific details that support their explanation of best efforts.
Individuals who must submit this documentation
IRCC Link is here.
on 19th March 2018, IRCC made some changes to the PCC requirement. It states as below:
The upfront requirements for police certificates have changed for permanent residence applications under the Express Entry system.
As of February 27, 2018, police certificates are required for any country or territory, other than Canada, where the applicant has spent 6 months or more in a row within the last 10 years since the age of 18.
Applications for permanent residence programs subject to the Express Entry completeness check will be assessed according to the revised police certificate requirements.
This was quite confusing as it did not clearly state if the PCC was required for the last 10 years or since 18years of age.
Hence I decided to contact them on twitter and below is a clarification from IRCC.