What can happen if a permanent resident is convicted of a crime?

This fact sheet explains how being convicted of a crime in Canada can affect someone's status as a permanent resident.

If you are a permanent resident and are convicted of a crime you could lose your permanent resident status, be deported and might not be able to come back to Canada. A criminal charge or conviction can also affect your eligibility to become a Canadian citizen.

This resource covers topics such as:

  • Being charged with a crime
  • Losing status because of a criminal conviction
  • Criminal charges and refugees
  • If a Permanent Resident is found guilty
  • Applying for a pardon
  • Getting legal help

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Produced by CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario).

Last updated: September 11, 2015 4000676