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Regarding the police certificate or "character certificate" as it is called, do you have to have some specific paperwork requesting this from the NVC or can a person just go to the local police station and request a character certificat?

I would like to get the necessary paperwork all in hand by the time the NOA-2 comes but someone suggested that maybe the police station will require some official notification from NVC before they will issue the police certificate.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan

My husband got his police certificate without any letter from NVC. He just went to the police station with the correct fee and got it. The problem is that the police certificate is only valid for 3 months I think and if you get it too early may expire before your NOA-2 arrives.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan

yep my husband just went and they made one for him same day. u'll need passport size photo for that or maybe the pakistani ID card. aka shanakhti card. it is valid for 3 months only and from what i've heard from ppl on visajourney is that NVC will accept it for upto 1 yr old. i would suggest that as soon u get ur NOA2, ask ur spouse to mail one to u. that's what i did. i've also told my husband to get another one at the time of the interview just in case

IR-1 / CR-1 Visa

2010-04-19: approved online wohoooo

2010-04-24: NOA2 hardcopy received

2010-04-26: gave 2 email addresses and assigned case #

2010-04-27: received/sent ds3032, AOS bill

2010-05-01: IV bill became available online/paid

2010-05-06: sent in DS230 package via express mail 9:07am

2010-05-11: NVC acknowledges the receipt of AOS on 05/05

2010-05-13: operator told me that AOS sent to supervisor for review....

2010-05-14: AVR changes to received the checklist letter response on 5/13

2010-05-23: RFE for original birth cert. (i did sent original).......arghhh

2010-05-24: BC under review by some department

2010-06-02: sent in original BC again and previous BC is still under review

2010-06-10: NVC recognizes BC into their system

2010-06-15: BC under review

2010-06-21: SIF!!!!!omggggg soo happy 57 days in NVC process

2010-06-28: interview on Aug. 19, 8am.

2010-08-19: interview went fine but he's put into AP :(

2011-01-09: almost 5 months in AP "still pending"

2011-02-06: 5 and half months and still counting......when is this torture going to end....

2011-02-20: 6 months still no answer..........

2011-03-08: more than 200 days passed in AP..................(

2011-03-24: visa has been issued today. hurayyyyyyyyyy finally wait is overrrr.

2011-03-26: got the passport wohoooo


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hi guys plz help me i cannot find my origional police cert it was with all other documents n soon m flying to USA will they ask me for it at USA airport?

Don't worry. They wont ask for police certificate from you.


27/02/2012: Sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox

03/01/2012: NOA1

06/18/2012: NOA2 in email

06/23/2012: NOA2 in hand


07/09/2012: NVC received

07/26/2012: Case number/IIN - wrong embassy..grrrr

07/26/2012: DS-3032 sent (Emailed)

07/30/2012: New Case number

07/30/2012: AOS bill

07/31/2012: AOS bill shows PAID

08/01/2012: AOS package sent

08/02/2012: AOS package delivered

08/02/2012: DS-3032 accepted

08/03/2012: IV bill

08/06/2012: IV bill shows PAID

08/06/2012: IV package sent0

8/07/2012: IV package delivered

08/14/2012: Case complete

09/14/2012: Interview scheduled

US Embassy Abu Dhabi:

09/15/2012: Medical

10/02/2012: Interview *Result: AP*

12/31/2013: Visa in hand

03/19/2014: ELIS fee paid

03/20/2014: POE ABU DHABI / Chicago


04/03/2014: SSN applied

04/08/2014: SSN received

05/21/2014: Welcome letter received

05/22/2014: 10 years GC arrived in mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan

@ProPaki - I believe that is the official notification from the NVC requesting the Police Certificate.

Everyone has different experiences in Pakistan with obtaining Police Certificates depending on the city you get it from and the jurisdiction. There is no fee in obtaining the certificates...rather its a bribe (as far as i know). But my husband got it from 3 different cities with the following experiences 1. demanded the bribe right upfront to even get the process going, 2. Created issues with everything he submitted hoping he would get something out of it but luckily a family friend was their boss and it was done the very next day, 3. Created issues but luckily a shift change happened and the guy who came afterwards was really nice and approved all the documents my husband submitted without any issues (bc we had everything in order).

So no one can really tell you exactly what will happen, however you do need to fill out a form they give you, submit attested passport copies, attested NIC copies, a witness in the neighborhood who can vouch you live there or more depending on your jurisdiction - some said 1 others 2-3, passport pictures, and the official letter asking for the police certificate for your immigration purpose. I believe that is all according to my memory.

Hope this helps.

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