Operational Bulletin 422 – May 25, 2012
Requesting Police Certificates from Mexico
This Operational Bulletin (OB) instructs officers on the new procedures they would to follow when they request for police certificates. They would typically request these police certificates from applicants, who:
- Have lived in Mexico for:
- Six consecutive months or longer since,
- The applicants reached the age of 18 years
At present, applicants need to provide certain certificates. Typically, these applicants would need to provide:
- A Federal certificate from the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) and,
- State-issued police certificates from each state in which they have resided for at least six consecutive months, since turning 18 years of age
However, applicants have been encountering various difficulties, when it comes to obtaining state certificates. As a result, many applicants have found it increasingly difficult to obtain state certificates. In addition, very few of these state certificates have actually indicated any positive criminality results.
The authorities have therefore, decided that applicants would no longer need to request for individual state-issued police certificates. This becomes applicable with immediate effect.
Offices that process permanent and temporary residence applications would now need to request applicants to provide both the following certificates:
- The Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) certificate and,
- The Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SPP) certificate
However, they would only ask applicants to obtain these certificates if the applicants have:
- Lived for six consecutive months or longer in Mexico since they turned 18 years of age
Typically, applicants find it easier to obtain the Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SPP) certificate. The Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SPP) certificate also includes a search for law infractions from state databases.
Applicants might need to obtain further instructions. For example, they might require additional guidance on the way in which they could obtain police certificates from the Mexican police authorities. They would be able to find these instructions on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
Canadian and Mexican leaders pledged to build stronger diplomatic and commercial relations, when they met at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, on the eve of the North American Leaders Summit in February.
During the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to build a broader and stronger relationship with their U.S. partner in the North American Free-Trade Agreement.
They also signed agreements covering increased airline access, cooperation on defense issues and an initiative by Canadian and Mexican export-credit agencies that aim to boost financing available for small to midsize businesses. Despite this, they did not provide any resolution to the Canadian policy that requires Mexicans visiting Canada to obtain a visa.
In 2009, the Canadian Government implemented the policy to dissuade bogus refugee claims from Mexico. According to Mr. Harper, the policy concerned matters of national security, dealing with illegal immigration. While adding that Ottawa was willing to discuss matters with Mexico City, he felt that the current policy was perfect in the present circumstances.
Another significant area that the leaders did not cover during the meeting concerned greater cooperation in the energy sector. Mexico aims to introduce landmark reforms in this sector, in an attempt to attract foreign investment, which would be of great interest to Canadian energy and energy-services providers.
Currently, bilateral trade between the two nations amounts to 30.9 billion Canadian dollars ($28.2 billion) – based on Canadian government data. About 75 percent of that comes from Mexican imports. Data also showed that the stock of Mexican direct investment in Canada amounted to C$121 million in 2011, which pales in comparison to the C$5.6 billion in Canadian investment in Mexico during the same period.
The policy has received immense criticism from both, the Canadian business lobby as well as Mexican policy makers and business operators. Barring expressing hope that further talks could help in resolving this matter, the leaders did not provide any concrete solutions. Thus, for the moment, Mexicans visiting Canada would need to continue applying for a visa.
Source: The Wall Street Journal