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Hey everyone

We recently received the NOA2 and I am trying to figure out what police certification I will be needing. I understand the UK system of applying through ACPO, but I am confused about police certificates for time spent abroad.

According to the embassy info page at:

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/visa/iv/ds2001.html#pc

I need police certificates where I have lived in a different country for more than 12 months. From December 2001 to November 2002 I was in Australia on a working holiday visa, and from 18 August 2004 to 17 August 2005 I was on a working holiday visa in Canada.

Am I right in assuming therefore, that I will not need police certificates for Australia and Canada as I was not there for over 12 months? Has anyone else here been in a similar situation?

Many thanks in advance.

- Martin


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Hey everyone

We recently received the NOA2 and I am trying to figure out what police certification I will be needing. I understand the UK system of applying through ACPO, but I am confused about police certificates for time spent abroad.

According to the embassy info page at:

http://www.usembassy.org.uk/cons_new/visa/iv/ds2001.html#pc

I need police certificates where I have lived in a different country for more than 12 months. From December 2001 to November 2002 I was in Australia on a working holiday visa, and from 18 August 2004 to 17 August 2005 I was on a working holiday visa in Canada.

Am I right in assuming therefore, that I will not need police certificates for Australia and Canada as I was not there for over 12 months? Has anyone else here been in a similar situation?

Many thanks in advance.

- Martin

I did the whole working holiday in Canada also and I was 1 day short off the 'full' 12 months also. However, to be on the safe side I got my Canadian police check just incase.

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/crimrec/finger2_e.htm


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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I did the whole working holiday in Canada also and I was 1 day short off the 'full' 12 months also. However, to be on the safe side I got my Canadian police check just incase.

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/crimrec/finger2_e.htm

Thanks for the reply - were you asked for the Canadian police check? How far ago were you there? Did you get the fingerprint certificate? How did you do this; was it a case of calling up your local police station in the UK for an appointment to get fingerprinted so you could send them out to Canada?

Many thanks in advance.

- Martin


K1 Journey

I-129F Sent : 2008-02-19

NOA1: 2008-02-26

NOA2: 2008-04-11

Medical Date: 2008-06-02

Interview Date: 2008-06-09

Visa Received: 2008-06-11

Married: 2008-08-23

AOS Journey

Packet Sent: 2008-11-18

NOA1: 2008-11-28

Biometrics: 2008-12-19

EAD & AP Approved: 2009-01-21

RFE for I-693 (I only included DS-3025) Returned: 2009-04-13

Green Card Approved: 2009-05-26

Green Card Received: 2009-06-09

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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I have no idea if it's the same for all countries, but when I had to get fingerprints done for my Aus police check I wasn't allowed to just go to a police station... I had to make an appointment at New Scotland Yard, pay £60, and get fingerprints done there; I then sent the original off to the AFP along with the rest of the paperwork (what you'd do if you needed more than one set I don't know; perhaps you could get a few pages done at the same time for a reduced rate?)

if you need to do that, your local police station should have the number; the appointments seem to go fairly quickly (I had to wait over two weeks, and even then it was on a Saturday) so if you're in a hurry you may want to get onto this soon :)


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PS the mention of New Scotland Yard probably makes it obvious, but just to be explicit -

although I'm an Australian citizen, I've been living in London for the past four years, so that info above is for the UK ;)


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Thanks for the info. I am still in two minds whether to go through the hassle of getting these as I wasn't in Australia or Canada for more than 12 months. It all depends on how they class 12 months!

- Martin


K1 Journey

I-129F Sent : 2008-02-19

NOA1: 2008-02-26

NOA2: 2008-04-11

Medical Date: 2008-06-02

Interview Date: 2008-06-09

Visa Received: 2008-06-11

Married: 2008-08-23

AOS Journey

Packet Sent: 2008-11-18

NOA1: 2008-11-28

Biometrics: 2008-12-19

EAD & AP Approved: 2009-01-21

RFE for I-693 (I only included DS-3025) Returned: 2009-04-13

Green Card Approved: 2009-05-26

Green Card Received: 2009-06-09

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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if that's the case, I don't think I'd worry about it... you could always try to email them to make sure, but it's a LOT of hassle to get, and a fair bit of cost for something you don't need :)

just make sure the document listing your places of residence reflects the time frames accurately ;)


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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