You need a police certificate if you are coming to Canada as a live-in caregiver, tourist, student, temporary worker, or when you apply to become a Canadian permanent resident, you must submit a police certificate.
For your citizenship application, you have to submit a police certificate in original if you were present for six months or longer (cumulative) during the four years immediately before the date of your application.
A police certificate is a copy of criminal record. They may be called:
- police clearance certificates
- good conduct certificates
- judicial record extracts or
- other names.
If your police certificate is not in English or French, send it along with the original copy of a translation done by a certified translator.
IRCC offers an online tool to find out how and where to get a police certificate overseas.
For more information regarding the police certificate, please see the link.