The procedure for applying for criminal rehabilitation is the same whether or not the offence constitutes serious or non-serious criminality. It is in the manner in which the application is processed at the Canadian visa office that distinguishes the two.
If you have been convicted of an offence, where the maximum prison sentence in Canada is ten years or more, it is is considered to be serious criminality. The maximum prison sentence is the only consideration for determining the severity of the offence in Canada. Serious criminality requires an application for criminal rehabilitation, as a person can NEVER be deemed to be rehabilitated through the simple passage of time. Generally speaking most offences that constitute serious criminality, for the purposes of Canadian immigration, are those that involve bodily injury, damage or a weapon.
The processing fees are higher ($1000 CAD) and processing times are longer, for applicants with serious with criminality. These applications are highly subjective and are at the discretion of the Canadian immigration officer assigned to a given file. FWCanada has the experience and legal expertise to guide you through this process and present the strongest possible application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.