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Old Nov 5th 2007, 7:48 pm
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Hi, new to this forum, just inquiring as to where I would stand trying to get a visa with a criminal record. I am a timeserved bricklayer and my girlfriend is a qualified and experienced primary teacher. My record was for cannabis and theft and was 15 - 20 years ago. Not something I'm proud of but my partner and I desperately want to live and work abroad. Any suggestions anyone?
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Old Nov 5th 2007, 8:18 pm
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Hi, Glenn68, and welcome to the forum.

You would need to apply for Criminal Rehabilitation. I seem to remember seeing comments to the effect that the process takes about a year.

Most houses in Canada are built of wood, but there are structures (often commercial buildings) that include brick in their construction.

Teaching is a heavily unionized profession in Canada, and it is regulated a bit differently in each province. Your girlfriend would need to apply for accreditation in the province in which the two of you wanted to settle. Even then, my observation has been that it takes 2 - 4 years for a newly arrived teacher to get his/her foot all the way in the door. Usually a newly arrived teacher has to start out as a supply teacher, doing temporary assignments when permanent teachers are off work for some reason, e.g., illness.

Your best bet is to start off reading articles in the Wiki section of the BE website, specially:
  • Canadian Immigration (there are several articles in that series)

  • Job Hunting in Canada - Again there are several articles. Your girlfriend will be particularly interested in the one on Equivalency of Qualifications. This external website entitled Teach in Ontario will help your girlfriend to get a general idea of what is involved in gaining accreditation. Although that website is specific to Ontario, it would be a good starting point for her research.

  • Skilled Trades - I believe that article would be useful to you.
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Old Nov 12th 2007, 8:10 pm
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I dont think you need to apply for rehabilitation as both of these crimes are very much spent

You would by now be deemed rehabilitated and the CIC website states you do not have to apply

CIC talks of applying for rehab for crimes and any fines or probation/prison can be applied for from 5 years after the crime or punishment and after 10 years you are deemed rehabilitated anyway ( so long as its not murder etc!)

CIC London also state that some spent crimes in UK can also be deemed spent in Canada( Canadian law is based on UK law)

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