CIC Enforcement Manual 14 – Rehabilitation


Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Enforcement Manual 14 – Criminal Rehabilitation (the “CIC Rehab Manual“) does not appear on its website.  The CIC Rehab Manual provides direction and guidance to visa and border officers concerning the deemed rehabilitation and rehabilitation provisions for persons who are criminally inadmissible to Canada.

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    Last updated on July 22nd, 2018

    Please note that what I have reproduced below should not be viewed as legal advice by CIC.  The reproduction of the material below has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, nor with the endorsement of the Government of Canada. As well, given the nature of internal documents, some of the information may be out of date.

    The CIC Rehab Manual is divided into parts as outlined below.

    Chapter 1 – What this Chapter is About

    Chapter 2 – Program Objectives

    Chapter 3 – The Act and Regulations

    Chapter 4 – Instruments and Delegation

    Chapter 5 – CIC Policy – Criminal Inadmissibility

    • Deemed rehabilitation – essential elements
    • Individual rehabilitation – essential elements

    Chapter 6 – Definitions

    Chapter 7 – Procedure: Deemed Rehabilitation

    • When are deemed rehabilitation provisions applicable? 
    • When are deemed rehabilitation provisions not applicable?
    • Applying deemed rehabilitation
    • At a port of entry
    • Applications at a visa office

    Chapter 8 – Individual rehabilitation at CIC, POE, or visa office

    Chapter 9 – Application for Criminal Rehabilitation Kit

    Chapter 10 – Procedural Fairness

    Chapter 11 – Interview Considerations

    Chapter 12 – Documentation

    • Mandatory documentation
    • Optional documentation

    Chapter 13 – Determination of Criminal Equivalency 

    • Canadian statute considerations
    • Foreign statute considerations.

    Chapter 14 – Procedure: Conversion of Foreign Monetary Values for Criminal Equivalence 

    Chapter 15 – Procedure: Commission of act or omission

    Chapter 16 – Calculation of the start date of the five-year or 10-year period

    Chapter 17 – Criminal profile description and rehabilitation factors

    Chapter 18 – Procedure: Requests for Additional Documentation from Applicant

    Chapter 19 – Processing Fee

    Chapter 20 – Submission of Rehabilitation Application

    Chapter 21 – Officer’s Recommendation at POE, CIC & visa office

    Chapter 22 – Implementing the Decision

    • Rendering and recording the decision
    • Advising the Client of a Positive Decision
    • Advising the Client of a Negative Decision

    Chapter 23 – Entering Rehabilitation Requests into FOSS/GCMS

    Chapter 24: Procedure: Should applicant be considered under the Young Offenders Act

    Chapter 25: Procedure: Pardons for convictions in Canada

    Chapter 26: Procedure: Pardon and criminal rehabilitation both requested

    Chapter 27: Pardons outside Canada

    Chapter 28 – Roles and Responsibilities in individual rehabilitation Process

    Appendixes: Sample Letters

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Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to a given program. Canadian immigration law is constantly changing, and the information above may be dated. If you have a question about the contents of this blog, or any question about Canadian immigration law, please contact the Author.