Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made an update with reference to the instructions on police certificates for the candidates, who are applying for Canadian Permanent Residence via federal Express Entry system.
Now the applicant must provide a Police certificate from any country, or territory, where he/she has resided for (6) consecutive months or longer during the past 10 years or after attaining the age of 18. This means that all the applicants are only bound to provide a Police Certificate from a country where they have stayed for six months or more in a row.
Before the introduction of this update, it was obligatory for an applicant to submit a police certificate from a country or territory where he/she had resided for a total period of six months. Hence, the applicant required to submit a police certificate from a country where such a person had initially lived for two months, left, came back after a few years and lived in the same country for another four months.
Police Certificate Requirements
Who Must Provide a Police Certificate
Following applicants must provide a police certificate with their e-APR (Electronic Application for Permanent Residence.
This particular change is effective and applicable to the permanent residence applications received on or after January 1, 2015, through the Express Entry system.