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Persons who are inadmissible for Canadian immigration on grounds of serious criminality cannot qualify for Deemed Rehabilitation; that is, simple passage of time after the completion of their sentence does not alone qualify them for rehabilitated status.

However, persons who fall under the Serious Criminality classification, as well as others who do not qualify for Deemed Rehabilitation, may still qualify for Canadian immigration under the Individual Rehabilitation category.

To qualify for Individual Rehabilitation, the person must:

  • Wait five years after the completion of their sentence before applying; and

  • Demonstrate that he or she has been rehabilitated and is no longer a risk for criminal activity. This may require demonstrating:

    • A stable lifestyle;

    • Community ties;

    • Social and vocational skills; or

    • That the criminal offence was an isolated event.

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