When you apply for a permanent residency in Canada or a Canadian citizen, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may request you to submit your fingerprints to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to complete the criminal record check if you have lived in Canada for more than 6 months since the age of 18. This is an important step during your background check for your application.
A criminal record for Permanent Residency in Canada
You need to submit your fingerprints to RCMP for a criminal record only when IRCC sends a letter to tell you to do so. The letter is mandatory to bring to the office or show the letter to a fingerprinting officer to process your fingerprints service. You should also bring two valid IDs to the office. Do not request a criminal record check unless IRCC sends you a letter asking for one.
Fingerprints submission to RCMP for Canadian Citizenship
During Canadian Citizenship applications, some applicants will be required to submit their fingerprints to the RCMP for a criminal record check. The fingerprints must be collected inside Canada. The applicant should bring the letter to the fingerprinting office and bring the following documents:
Landing paper or Confirmation of Permanent Resident
Permanent Resident card
Two valid IDs, such as a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, etc. (You can call us at 905-479-7788 or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions about this)
The fingerprinting officer will submit your fingerprints to RCMP and RCMP will send the criminal record result to the address indicated the on the IRCC's letter. Please be sure to let the officer enter your application number and UCI when capturing your fingerprints.
By the way, if the IRCC requests a police certificate from other countries (other than Canada), you may check out “How to get a police certificate” of IRCC website for more details.
Our office also provides electronic fingerprinting services which will print your fingerprints on an official form. Thus, you may mail the fingerprint form back to your country to apply for a police certificate.