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1. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

Ive got a criminal record for buying cannabis 8 years ago. Ive applied for the Bunac programme for Canada, but they ask for a police check (subject access request). Ive got this document and it does mention the conviction. Should I just neglect to give them this document?

HAs anyone else any experience of this?

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y

Should I just neglect to give them this document?

Chances are you won't be issued a permit without the check-that is to say You Are Already Sunk.

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

bummer.

Any chance theyll overlook it?

The conviction is already spent, and a lot of people consider weed a fairly minor offence.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Mark - I recommend that you contact the Canadian Consulars office and inquire. It will be the only way you get the right information. As you have stated, it's an 8 year old offense. I can't speak for Canada, as I live in the US, but if you are caught it's unlikely the officials are going to believe it was an accidental oversight on your part. If Canada responds similarly to the US, you will be back on the first plane to Ireland at your own expense. If they really want to know something, they just have to google your name and this thread will show up in the results.

In almost every thread about prior criminal records and/or convictions the poster has gone on to talk with the appropriate Embassy and were happy they made the correct decision. I have yet to see where someone has not been able to explain their situation sufficiently enough to get their visa or whatever other documentation they needed for their travels. Though it will depend on the official, stepping up to the plate about your past does play to your character. Basically, you've grown up over the past 8 years and learned from your previous mistakes.

Isa now steps down from her soapbox and sneaks away...

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Isa now steps down from her soapbox and sneaks away...

Now Izzy. No more of this slinky away. You hold your head up high and MARCH proudly down the street, once again offering sage & congent advice to those TP members who are bumbling around in a fog of befuddlement & mystification. You go girl!!

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Thanks Mike!!! That post made my day!! (I'm seriously happy I didn't douse my keyboard in the martini I was drinking at the time!) ;)

Okay - so I hold my head up proudly and say: "Mark - get thee to a phone and make that call! As you said, a lot of people consider weed a fairly minor offence". You'll never know what they really think until you ask. Better to know before you get to Canada than end up contemplating "what I should have done" while on that first plane back home.

7. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

yeah I guess honesty is the best approach.

Ive emailed them and waiting on the response. Ill post it here in case anyone else has a similiar approach.

8. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

Have contacted BUNAC and they reckon it wont be a problem.

Only issue is that on my police report it says 'Class B drugs and Immigration Offences'

Ive no idea why it says 'Immigration Offences'.

Ive contacted the police who say to ring scotland yard. Scotland yard only lets you leave a message (to which they never respond) and theyve just ignored any letters ive sent!

Im sure the Canadian government wont look kindly upon 'immigration offences'.

9. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y

General info link I just found in my bookmarks might help/be of interest to others who are monitoring this thread.

http://recordgone.com/articles/entering_canada_criminal_record.htm