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Hi all,

 

Have been searching through the threads but unable to find a definitive & recent answer on this.

I've found threads with links to pages and pdfs etc, yet didn't find anyone who has actually done the process, maybe I didn't dig deep enough! :o 

 

I'm Austalian and lived in Whistler Canada for 2 years, 2012 - 2014.

 

Currently still waiting for NOA2, (NOA1 was 29th June 2017).

 

What is the actual process for obtaining a Canadian police check? Is it a national one I need or one from the city I lived in?

It seems I need to somehow get digital fingerprints/livescan (as it's much faster) in order to apply for this, however the website with the accredited finger print scanner companies seem to only be in Canada.

I've also read that if you don't have a criminal history then you don't need fingerprints? Not sure which is correct...

 

Is it also advisable to apply for my AFP criminal history check and medical now before the NOA2?

Lastly, I've lived in QLD and VIC, is it safe to assume the AFP is all I need and not separate certificates from the police in QLD and VIC?

 

 

Thanks in advance,

Jeto

 

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AFP check is all you need for the Australian check.  Just be sure to select Code 33 (it will make sense when you go through the process) as the consulate wants both spent and unspent offences.

 

The check doesn't take long.  I'd wait until you are notified before getting it.

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44 minutes ago, Jeto said:

Hi all,

 

Have been searching through the threads but unable to find a definitive & recent answer on this.

I've found threads with links to pages and pdfs etc, yet didn't find anyone who has actually done the process, maybe I didn't dig deep enough! :o 

 

I'm Austalian and lived in Whistler Canada for 2 years, 2012 - 2014.

 

Currently still waiting for NOA2, (NOA1 was 29th June 2017).

 

What is the actual process for obtaining a Canadian police check? Is it a national one I need or one from the city I lived in?

It seems I need to somehow get digital fingerprints/livescan (as it's much faster) in order to apply for this, however the website with the accredited finger print scanner companies seem to only be in Canada.

I've also read that if you don't have a criminal history then you don't need fingerprints? Not sure which is correct...

 

Is it also advisable to apply for my AFP criminal history check and medical now before the NOA2?

Lastly, I've lived in QLD and VIC, is it safe to assume the AFP is all I need and not separate certificates from the police in QLD and VIC?

 

 

Thanks in advance,

Jeto

 

Canada info here https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/reciprocity-by-country/CA.html , scroll down to police records 

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Thanks SusieQQQ.

 

I did see that website earlier, however got lost in the pages trying to find how to apply. 

I think I have to bite the bullet and get the fingerprinted service through an accredited company. 

 

If anyone can recommend a good one that would be super! Have emailed all of the companies listed to compare.

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My Fiance is an Australian who also lived in Canada for a few years (2015-August of this year), so he also has to go through this process. We sent our i129f just a few weeks after you did, and are also still waiting on our NOA2 but we wanted to be proactive so he has already requested both certificates (AFP is good for 12 months from the date of issue). The AFP took less than two weeks to receive, but we are still waiting on his Canadian police check. He found one of the Accredited fingerprint companies (Worldwide Forensic Services, Inc., a company affiliated with ClearNeed) contacted them, and they emailed him a few forms to mail back with his fingerprints. He had to make an appointment with his local police department to get the fingerprint card, which he didn't expect (walked in one day, and they scheduled an appointment for 4 or 5 days later). He sent that in maybe 3-4 weeks ago (and paid $45 to have it rush delivered). He thinks it could take 8 weeks to receive the actual police certificate, and we thought it was better to start sooner than later-baby on the way for us, due mid-February, so we can't afford to lose even a few days waiting on things like that. I'm sorry I don't have news of the outcome yet (how long it actually takes), but I hope this helps a bit.

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On 11/9/2017 at 10:04 PM, Nafisa & Bryce said:

My Fiance is an Australian who also lived in Canada for a few years (2015-August of this year), so he also has to go through this process. We sent our i129f just a few weeks after you did, and are also still waiting on our NOA2 but we wanted to be proactive so he has already requested both certificates (AFP is good for 12 months from the date of issue). The AFP took less than two weeks to receive, but we are still waiting on his Canadian police check. He found one of the Accredited fingerprint companies (Worldwide Forensic Services, Inc., a company affiliated with ClearNeed) contacted them, and they emailed him a few forms to mail back with his fingerprints. He had to make an appointment with his local police department to get the fingerprint card, which he didn't expect (walked in one day, and they scheduled an appointment for 4 or 5 days later). He sent that in maybe 3-4 weeks ago (and paid $45 to have it rush delivered). He thinks it could take 8 weeks to receive the actual police certificate, and we thought it was better to start sooner than later-baby on the way for us, due mid-February, so we can't afford to lose even a few days waiting on things like that. I'm sorry I don't have news of the outcome yet (how long it actually takes), but I hope this helps a bit.

Thanks for the info! Good luck with the timing of it all! :) 

 

If anyone else is wondering on the pricing for Canadian Police Checks:

 

 

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23 hours ago, Jeto said:

Thanks for the info! Good luck with the timing of it all! :) 

 

If anyone else is wondering on the pricing for Canadian Police Checks:

 

 

Update: My fiancé got his Canadian police certificate today, so it took about 4 weeks for him from the time he sent his fingerprints with the expedited shipping to Canada (nothing to report, i imagine if there was it would've taken longer). All the best to you, hope you get your NOA2 soon :-)

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On 23/11/2017 at 2:54 AM, Jeto said:

Forgot to ask, what did the fingerprinting cost at the police station?

 

I'm currently in Europe and finding it difficult or expensive to have them taken, $EUR60 is the cheapest I can find!

EUR 60 sounds like a good deal - cheaper than most of the other immigration-related expenses. The police will be happy to take them for free, though, if you commit a crime and get arrested...

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