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Hi everyone!

My husband just got his interview date at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid! Along with the date confirmation, we received an email from NVC with all the documents that he needs to bring with him to the interview. Everything looks good except that regarding his Spanish and Portugese criminal reports they say, "The NVC only received a photocopy of the document. You must present the original document at the time of your interview." The thing is, we DID send the originals of both criminal reports to the NVC. Is this one of their "false checklists"? I'm concerned because his interview is in about a month and it takes over a month to ask for a Portugese criminal report from abroad. Help!

Thanks!

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The letter sometimes gives false information (personal experience mine says I submitted the original birth certificate well I haven't). Still just to make sure they(NVC) didn't lose them give them a call and ask them to check. Carry the xeroxed PCC to the interview. congrats and Good Luck.

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The problem is that the criminal report expires 3 months after you get it. Even do you sent the original you will need to get a new one to take on the time of the interview. Just call them to confirm. I have to take mine husband at the time of the interview and my interview is in Dominican Republic. Good luck.

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The problem is that the criminal report expires 3 months after you get it. Even do you sent the original you will need to get a new one to take on the time of the interview. Just call them to confirm. I have to take mine husband at the time of the interview and my interview is in Dominican Republic. Good luck.

This actually depends on the country. From what I understand, most expire after 6 months or 1 year.


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The problem is that the criminal report expires 3 months after you get it. Even do you sent the original you will need to get a new one to take on the time of the interview. Just call them to confirm. I have to take mine husband at the time of the interview and my interview is in Dominican Republic. Good luck.

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The problem is that the criminal report expires 3 months after you get it. Even do you sent the original you will need to get a new one to take on the time of the interview. Just call them to confirm. I have to take mine husband at the time of the interview and my interview is in Dominican Republic. Good luck.

In Spain it is 6 months validity .

POLICE CERTIFICATES (original): Every visa applicant 16 years or over is required to submit a police certificate from the country of the applicant's nationality and current residence if the applicant has resided for at least six months since attaining the age of sixteen. Police certificates are also required from all other countries where the applicant has resided for one year or longer. A police certificate must also be obtained from the police authorities of any place where the applicant has been arrested for any reason, regardless of how long he or she lived there. Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant’s residence in that specific country. The certificate from your current country of residence must be of recent date (not older than 6 months) when presented to the consular officer.

The term "police certificate" as used in this paragraph means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, and the reasons for the arrests. The Spanish police certificate is known as “Certificado de Antecedentes Penales”. Police certificates from certain countries are considered unobtainable. More specific information is available from the nearest U.S. immigrant visa processing post, or on line at: http://travel.state....ountry_pick.htm.

Present and former residents of the United States should not obtain any police certificates covering their residence in the USA.

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This actually depends on the country. From what I understand, most expire after 6 months or 1 year.

Yes you right that's why is better for her / he to call nvc and ask them or maybe someone from her country could give her a better advise.

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Hi everyone, thanks to those of you who replied!

The police certificates are still valid since I requested the Spanish report in December of 2014 and my husband hasn't been back to Portugal since we started our application with NVC.

Anyway, I just got off the phone with the NVC. They told me that if I sent the originals, they will send them to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. I told them that I felt a bit uneasy, seeing that the email confirmation they sent me yesterday specifically said that I hadn't sent the original. The agent told me that, "you'll just have to trust us". Which again, didn't instill me with lot of confidence. Should I trust the email you sent me yesterday or what your telling me now on the phone, which directly contradicts the email?

I think I may just apply for new Spanish and Portugese police certificates (hopefully we'll receive the later in time!) and have my husband bring those originals with him to Madrid. It might be overdoing it a bit but I honestly don't think you can be too careful in this process!

Thanks again for all your advice. I'll keep you updated with any developments!

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Hi everyone, thanks to those of you who replied!

The police certificates are still valid since I requested the Spanish report in December of 2014 and my husband hasn't been back to Portugal since we started our application with NVC.

Anyway, I just got off the phone with the NVC. They told me that if I sent the originals, they will send them to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. I told them that I felt a bit uneasy, seeing that the email confirmation they sent me yesterday specifically said that I hadn't sent the original. The agent told me that, "you'll just have to trust us". Which again, didn't instill me with lot of confidence. Should I trust the email you sent me yesterday or what your telling me now on the phone, which directly contradicts the email?

I think I may just apply for new Spanish and Portugese police certificates (hopefully we'll receive the later in time!) and have my husband bring those originals with him to Madrid. It might be overdoing it a bit but I honestly don't think you can be too careful in this process!

Thanks again for all your advice. I'll keep you updated with any developments!

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Yeah, don't count on them to get and do things right...especially when you receive such misleading email.

I think it's a good idea to get new police certificates (minimally as a back up).

In the good case, either you will receive them before the interview,

or they actually have the original that you sent earlier.

In the worst case, after the interview, they may still approve you pending

submitting the originals.


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The problem is that the criminal report expires 3 months after you get it. Even do you sent the original you will need to get a new one to take on the time of the interview. Just call them to confirm. I have to take mine husband at the time of the interview and my interview is in Dominican Republic. Good luck.

Hmm...I generally saw at least 6 months...which country's police certificate does this apply to?

Or did you find some official information on some web site on this?


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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