Mandatory Electronic Fingerprints - February 1, 2017
On February 1, 2017, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) will launch the new mandatory electronic fingerprint requirement. This will change the personnel security screening process for those required to work on Government of Canada contracts.
Third Party fingerprint service providers are ready
FPS has been providing electronic fingerprint service since 2008 and is one of the approved third party accredited fingerprint locations in Regina, Saskatchewan to companies involved in the Federal Government Contract Security Program.
Company Secuyrity Officers will direct their employees to FPS to have their fingerprints taken prior to submitting their application. The results will be sent electronically to the Contract Security Program. Call us today 306.205.2532.
The outcome of this court case will be very interesting, as currently the wait time for someone to become eligible for a Record Suspension are extensive. Some individuals are waiting 13 to 20 years before they are eligible. How the Government can say that this timeline is reasonable is a wonder...
Source: CBC News
This is the best news that I have heard in a long time. I personally disagreed with the absolutely ridiculous changes to the Pardon process made by the previous
Government. The changes did nothing to protect citizens, and was a knee jerk reaction to the general public outcry about circumstances they knew nothing about.
Those of us who understand Pardons and how they work, voiced our opinions, only to have if fall on deaf ears and watch in disbelief at the disaster it created, which has been a trail of disappointment, a drain of Government money, a money grab to the public, and almost unbelievable Government processing time, some application took as long as 5 to 6 years to complete and above all the most outrageous reasons in denying a Pardon such as a speeding ticket.
I am also very supportive with the proposal to regulate private business for assisting people with Pardons. In fact I have been lobbying to the Parole Board of Canada for several years to create some type of Accreditation or Licencing Agreement. I hope that the Government will move forward with this in the near future.
Article that appeared on CBC NEWS:
"Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tells CBC News that changes made by the previous government to the criminal pardons system were punitive and that his department could reverse them. "
"It looks to me that what was done was far beyond any measure of practical cost-recovery. It was in fact a punitive measure, and I think with the appropriate authorities within the government we need to re-examine that decision to see if it was appropriate," said Goodale.
Conservative changes called 'real tragedy'
Source: CBC NEWS
Approximately 330 people are denied entry into the USA daily. Are you one of them?
If you have been previously denied, call us today. We can help you.
Source: The Star
Will the new PM grant Pardons to people with Marijuana possession charges?
Interesting Article. Check back for updates.
Source: Regina Leader Post
People travel to the USA everyday with no problems right? Perhaps you are one of them who has traveled for years between USA and Canada, and never had a problem and suddenly one day US Customs pulls you aside and starts questioning you; suddenly you are finding yourself denied entry and on your way back to Canada. All the while you are asking yourself "how did this happen?".
There are many reasons why USA Customs deny a person entry in their country.
In most cases, it is for the following reasons:
1. Criminal Record or Pardon.
2. Denied entry previously.
3. Deported previously.
4. Expired Travel Waiver.
Don't let your vacation be ruined. Call us today to see if you need a USA Travel Waiver.
Written by Michelle Chastkiewicz
Recent Stats show that 10% of Canada's population has a criminal record. That translates into approximately 3.3 million people. The big question for many people is "Do I need a Pardon and how will it help me?" This blog is to help you understand what a Pardon is and does the benefit of a Pardon apply to you.
A Pardon or Record Suspension simply means that your criminal record is sealed in accordance with the Criminal Records Act (CRA) guidelines when pertaining to criminal record checks.
It is very important to understand that your criminal record is never erased and there are limitations to a Pardon.
*The Parole Board of Canada advises the following when they issue a Pardon "The resulting Board decision means that the criminal record held by federal departments and agencies will be sequestered from other criminal records.
**" Please note that while many provincial and municipal agencies, when notified, choose to comply with the CRA by restricting the disclosure of the criminal record, it is possible that they do not. " The Parole Board of Canada further advises "A record suspension ordered under the CRA may not be recognized by a foreign government, nor will it necessarily ensure entry or visa privileges."
However, a Pardon does have value in many ways, and can be very beneficial in some cases such as employment opportunities, volunteering positions, Immigration status, Sponsorship of a family member and General Peace of Mind.
If you decide to apply for a Pardon, it is very important to hire a company that is knowledgeable and understands the benefits and limitations of a Pardon.
The company should ask you questions regarding why you want a Pardon and is it right for you. If they are just asking for money and advising you to apply right away, then you may want to get a second opinion.
Written by Michelle Chastkiewicz.
* and **reference Material: Parole Board of Canada
The Young Offenders Act applies to all "Young Persons" between 12 and 18 years old. While a YOA conviction may disappear at age 18. There are rules and guidelines that must be met by the Youth. All sentences and conditions given by the court must be completed and the individual must not re-offended within a certain time period. These guidelines are the same for a Youth as an Adult. If the youth re-offends while becoming an Adult, all Youth convictions will become part of an Adult record.
Interesting Article from Global Regina. All information in this article belongs to them. We are simply a reference source.
BORDER CROSSING RIGHTS
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE
Since 1794, Aboriginal Peoples have been guaranteed the right to trade and travel between the United States and Canada, which was then a territory of Great Britain. This right is recognized in Article III of the Jay Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation of 1794 and subsequent laws that stem from the Jay Treaty.
A Publication of the
American Indian Law Alliance
New York City
If you were born in Canada and have at least 50% Aboriginal blood, you may be entitled to certain rights and benefits in the United States.
Once you have proven that you have at least 50% Aboriginal blood...
You have the right to:
When you cross the border with intent to live or work in the U.S., you should be prepared to prove that you have at least 50% Aboriginal blood. Different U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) ports of entry, or border crossings, may ask for different kinds of documentation. Some ask for more; some for less. At the border, you may be asked for any or all of the following documents:
The INS officer at the border will make most of the decisions about which documents you may need to present. There can be differences at different crossing points and even among different officers at the same location. Also, the degree of the officer's previous experience in handling Aboriginal people will determine the amount of time it takes for you to be processed.
Appearance can make a difference: our research shows that if you "look Indian," the INS officer may require less documentation.
You do NOT need a green card, also known as an Alien Registration Card or Form I-551, in order to live or work in the United States. This is your right as a Canadian-born Aboriginal.
Whether you choose to get a green card is up to you. There are certain legal benefits available to you, if you choose to register for a green card. If you do decide to apply for a green card, you will need all of the above documents, plus two photos (in a specific format determined by the INS). You will need to fill out Form I-181, which can be supplied by your local INS office. See Appendix for the INS phone number.
If you wish to live and/or work in the U.S., when you are at a U.S. Port of Entry, an INS agent will fill out a form called Form I-181. This is in accordance with U.S. law (8 C.F.R. §289.3). If the INS officer is not familiar with your rights, the following information may be helpful in filling out the form:
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