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Entry in Canada with a UK Police Caution

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1. Posted by cheesecake500 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!


I have seen a lot of info about getting into the US with a criminal record but could not find anything about Canada, so if anyone could help I would be grateful.

I am an EU citizen with residence in the UK for the last several years. I recently (2015) got a UK police caution for theft at a shop (value £20). This was my first and only criminal record. I have been trying to get as much information about what this means for entry in Canada and I am really confused. In same places, I see that a caution in Canada is not a problem because a caution is immediately considered spent when given and Canada recognises the The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which basically equals a spent caution to a pardon in Canada, so on these grounds I am admissible.

However, I have seen in other places that what matter is the type of offence committed and how it stands according to Canadian Law. It seems theft is considered an either way offence (can be considered summary offence or indictable) and for the purpose of entry in Canada you are considered inadmissible and given the offence is recent there is nothing you can do to enter Canada for the next 5 years (need to request rehabilitation ater that). Some places seem to indicate that this depends on whether the border agent consideres the act a summary offence or an indictable offence, so it might be a grey area.

If you could enlighten me on this issue I would really appreciate.

I also saw in a couple of places that the UK shares criminal data freely with Canada so they can easily see your record. I am not sure this is accurate so if anyone has any info on this, it would also help.

Thanks a lot,

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Write to Canada House: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5NJ and ask them. If they say OK, then take the letter with you.

You must be honest with immigration. They normally check and while they are sometimes willing to overlook minor offences, they do not overlook people who lie to them.

3. Posted by cheesecake500 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Many thanks for your reply, Cyberia. I think that is sound advise. However, I would be really grateful if others here have any knowledge or experience about the questions I asked.

Thanks all for your help,