Are you planning a family trip, or a quick getaway? You may need to apply for a passport or renew your current passport. Before you do so, make sure that you are not wasting your time and money and getting denied at the end.
Passport Canada can and may deny you from getting a passport for the following reasons:
- You did not fill out the form correctly.
- You have been charged with an indictable offence in Canada or another country.
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Presumption of innocence What’s that?
The presumption of innocence is something we expect as Canadians. We believe that society should hold a person innocent unless proven guilty. Well, that principle does not apply to the Parole Board of Canada. This was determined by a recent court case, Cornille v. Attorney General of Canada. Basically, if the Parole Board of Canada has heard any rumours that you might have been in trouble since your conviction, it can reject your pardon application.[…] Read More
We’re going to clear up some of the confusion over the US Entry Waiver. Many people that call our offices are overwhelmed by the US Entry Waiver application process. Understandably so, as there are a lot of forms to fill out, red-tape to wade through, and confusing steps that are required to be able to enter the US, even for the purpose of vacation and travel.
Who needs a US entry Waiver?[…] Read More
Under Bill-C-10, the term Pardon is now a Record Suspension. For the nearly 4 million Canadians with a criminal record, having a chance to remove the stigma of a criminal record and getting a clean slate is a tremendous opportunity.
A criminal record is enough to prevent someone from being hired in a variety of jobs that require background checks. Many jobs in banking, health care, teaching, security and government require a “clean” criminal record.[…] Read More
When making a decision in relation to an application for a record suspension, the Parole Board of Canada reviews the application. In addition it also considers the criteria of “good conduct” as defined in law and Board policy.
Under the Criminal Records Act good conduct is defined as behavior that is consistent with and demonstrates a law-abiding lifestyle. In its assessment of good conduct, the Board is not subject to the same standards as a criminal court.[…] Read More
If you have been watching the news via any source lately, you know that the U.S. government is at a virtual standstill with the exception of essential services which are running at minimum levels. As a federally funded government agency, this cessation in operations unfortunately includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Many customers and inquiring parties are often puzzled by how long it can take to get a U.S. Entry Waiver-sometimes as long as 10 months or more. […] Read More
This letter is required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and should explain the circumstances of your conviction(s) and your reasons for entering the U.S. One must clearly explain what offence(s) they were convicted of or charged with, where and when the offence(s) occurred, how they committed the offence(s) and why. The letter should show remorse and indicate that you are now rehabilitated.
Here is an example of a Letter of Circumstance from a client:
My name is Rico Armada and I am presently 36 years of age.[…] Read More
What is it and how does it benefit me in terms of obtaining a Record Suspension (formerly Pardon)?
The Parole Board of Canada requires all Record Suspension applicants to complete the Measurable Benefit/Sustained Rehabilitation Form. This is your opportunity to demonstrate how you have improved your circumstances since your conviction(s) and explain why receiving a record suspension will assist in your continued rehabilitation.
One of the most important steps in obtaining a Record Suspension is completing the Measurable Benefit Form. […] Read More
On Friday, September 20th, 2013, Pardon Services Canada was a proud sponsor of “The Art of Criminal Law: Issues and Opportunities”, a seminar presented by the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. Attending such events ensures that we maintain a finger on the pulse of changes in the legal industry and an ongoing relationship with the criminal lawyers who help our clients before they are convicted.
The topics at the seminar this year were very timely, and included several discussions related to mandatory minimum sentences as well as how and why electronic devices can be used to obtain evidence. […] Read More
If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious about how the record suspension (formerly known as pardons) process works. You’re most likely looking to obtain a record suspension so that your criminal record is no longer a barrier to employment, education, apartment rental, adoption and mortgage approval, or you just feel that you would like to move on with your life and put your past behind you.
However, just because you would dearly like a record suspension does not mean that you will be eligible to receive one.[…] Read More