Mexico is a land of rich culture, stunning scenery, and a pleasant climate. Many Canadians like you fall in love with the country and end up settling permanently there. The more relaxed Mexican lifestyle with tons of business opportunities can make this option appealing to anyone around the world. Mexico’s balanced cost of living is also another deciding factor for most Canadians.
One of the chief Mexican residency requirements that you will have to complete is a background check from Canada. The clearance certificate is issued by the Canadian police (RCMP) and proves that you have no criminal history in Canada. Fingerprinting is used to perform this type of check as the name and date of birth-based background checks can be unreliable.
Since you are in Mexico, your fingerprints cannot be submitted directly to the RCMP. You will instead have to go the RCMP-accredited fingerprinting companies route to get your Canadian background check. This means that your fingerprints will be taken manually inside Mexico and forwarded to one of the companies that have been accredited by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The company will then submit your prints to the database to complete the rest of the process.
Never choose a non-approved company to get your police certificates and clearances from Canada. Companies that are not on the RCMP’s list act as middlemen and use an accredited company’s services. This only adds another step in the process for you, which can cost you precious weeks on your residency application. Always check for an RCMP accreditation letter on a company’s website before hiring their services for your criminal background check. Using a non-accredited company also increases the chances of RCMP rejection since their guidelines explicitly state that you should only apply via one of their accredited companies.
There is a federal fee that must be paid to receive your clearance certificate. Failure to pay the 25 CAD fee will result in incomplete application submission. You should also get regular updates from the fingerprinting company in Canada to ensure that your application hasn’t run into any issues. At Globeia, we provide updates on your RCMP check and help you rectify any errors during the submission process.
It is common to miss a field or two on the fingerprinting form when you are in a hurry. Always take a second look at your C216-C cards and the consent form to stay on the safe side. Of course, you won’t have to worry about any of this if you choose Globeia, as we will review everything before sending your request to the RCMP.
You can simply do a Google search to find background check companies in Canada. You must, however, do your due diligence before making the final decision. Click on some of the top results that come up and take a quick look at their website.
Does the website look professionally set up, with a good amount of content? Also, visit their blog section to see if they have been posting regularly. This gives you a general idea of the company’s operations.
Now it's time to head to Google listings and read reviews from previous customers. Globeia has over 400 5-star reviews from our happy customers in different parts of the world. The Google listings will also help you confirm that the company has a physical address. Globeia has our main office in Toronto and another U.S. office in San Francisco, to facilitate clients like you who need a reliable background check service.
You must have a pretty good idea of the dos and don’ts of RCMP record checks by now. Use this guide as a checklist when you start looking for a Canadian background check company to process your fingerprints. This guide will also help you avoid common mistakes during the form-filling part of your request. Feel free to send us a message by using the contact form below, if you still have any confusion about the process. One of our fingerprinting specialists will take a look at your inquiry and respond with their expert advice.
Use this link to sign up for your free account on our online RCMP check application portal. We have designed the portal to make the application procedure very easy and convenient for our international clients.