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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India
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I understand that Police Clearance is submitted along with DS-230 (Visa Application). I am expecting NOA2 around July 15th - is this a good time to apply for the Police Clearance from India (I also need PCC from Kuwait and I understand that it is issued valid for 3 months only, so this I will apply after NOA2 notice date). For the India PCC, can someone me know whether PCC need to apply at the Passport Office (my case Vizag) or Local Police Office. Your experience counts and is appreciated.


USA

01/08/13 - Approved and GC is order for production on 1/8/14

09/12/13 - Case transferred to CSC. NOA2 received on 09/18/13

08/30/13 - Biometrics Done - No walk ins allowed at this LSC (received on 8/16/13).

08/05/13 - NOA1 (received on 08/10/13)

08/01/13 - Mailed I-751 (received on 8/2/13 - check cashed on 8/5/13)

12/28/11 - Received SSN (applied on 12/20/11, as we didn't get based on DS-230 options)
11/28/11 - Received Green Card (Expires on 10/30/13) - Welcome Letter on 11/17/11
10/30/11 - POE - Houston, TX

Chennai Consulate (40 days)
10/28/11 - Received Visa papers and Passport at VFS
10/25/11 - Interview Cleared Successfully (Spouse was not allowed in)

NVC: (90 days from NOA2 to Consulate)
08/31/11 - Case Completed (Interview 10/25/11) - Received at Chennai on 09/19/11
07/22/11 - NVC Case Number

USCIS: (92 days)

6/21/11 - NOA2 (NOA1 on 3/25/11) - took a month to get to NVC
3/21/11 - I-130 sent to USCIS Lockbox, Chicago.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Read here on where you obtain your PCC depending on when your Passport was issued.

http://www.***removed***....rtificates.html

Also, I am currently waiting on a phone call from my wife to tell me how long the PCC cert is valid for...Some have said 6 months and some said 1 year. I will find out today or tomorrow the validity.

I am expecting NOA2 around end of next month to middle of August. Depending on the validity, I will request it now (1 year) or wait until the middle of next month (6 months) so that we are clear all the way up to the interview.

** I am estimating the processing times here, nothing I have said about processing is certain for NOA2 and further processes. NVC and embassy/consulate of India**

Edited by Kathryn41

USCIS- (77 Days)
I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
Timeline

Just found out from my wife that PCC in India is valid for 6 months. Request your PCC accordingly to that.


USCIS- (77 Days)
I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India
Timeline

Thanks for your quick response. God bless you.

I understand that Police Clearance is submitted along with DS-230 (Visa Application). I am expecting NOA2 around July 15th - is this a good time to apply for the Police Clearance from India (I also need PCC from Kuwait and I understand that it is issued valid for 3 months only, so this I will apply after NOA2 notice date). For the India PCC, can someone me know whether PCC need to apply at the Passport Office (my case Vizag) or Local Police Office. Your experience counts and is appreciated.


USA

01/08/13 - Approved and GC is order for production on 1/8/14

09/12/13 - Case transferred to CSC. NOA2 received on 09/18/13

08/30/13 - Biometrics Done - No walk ins allowed at this LSC (received on 8/16/13).

08/05/13 - NOA1 (received on 08/10/13)

08/01/13 - Mailed I-751 (received on 8/2/13 - check cashed on 8/5/13)

12/28/11 - Received SSN (applied on 12/20/11, as we didn't get based on DS-230 options)
11/28/11 - Received Green Card (Expires on 10/30/13) - Welcome Letter on 11/17/11
10/30/11 - POE - Houston, TX

Chennai Consulate (40 days)
10/28/11 - Received Visa papers and Passport at VFS
10/25/11 - Interview Cleared Successfully (Spouse was not allowed in)

NVC: (90 days from NOA2 to Consulate)
08/31/11 - Case Completed (Interview 10/25/11) - Received at Chennai on 09/19/11
07/22/11 - NVC Case Number

USCIS: (92 days)

6/21/11 - NOA2 (NOA1 on 3/25/11) - took a month to get to NVC
3/21/11 - I-130 sent to USCIS Lockbox, Chicago.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: India
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Just found out from my wife that PCC in India is valid for 6 months. Request your PCC accordingly to that.

Can you have your wife cite her source?

The Delhi embassy website states the following:

POLICE REPORT: Each applicant aged 16 years and older must submit a police certificate that includes information regarding the applicant including all arrests, the reason for the arrest(s) and the disposition of such cases. (A) Indian citizens residing in India for six months or more since turning 16 years of age must present Indian police clearance certificates from both their district police station and the local area passport office. Applicants whose passports were issued within six months of the visa interview may present just the passport office certificate. These certificates are valid for one year from the date of issuance. (B) If an Indian citizen who has lived in India for at least one year after the age of 16 currently resides outside India, he/she must obtain a certificate issued by the Indian Embassy or Consulate where he/she lives. These certificates are valid for only one year from the date of issuance.

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ivpacket309k1.html

The bold sentence refers to "these certificates" which is plural, so I would assume that it is referring to both the police and passport clearance certificates.

The New Delhi embassy site specific to police certificates does not state the validity period:

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/police_certificates.html

The Mumbai embassy website specific to police certificates does state the validity period:

Police certificates

Each visa applicant over the age of 16 must present police certificates. Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant's residence in any area. The term "police certificate" means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, the reasons for the arrests, and the disposition of each case of which there is a record.

Police certificates are not required for periods spent in the United States. Police certificates from certain countries are considered unobtainable. All police certificates are considered to be valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be valid on the day the your visa is issued.

http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/ivpolicecertificates.html

I have found various inconsistencies in the directions provided by Indian embassies and even between the VFS responses to questions and the information provided on the websites.

If you're afraid that your PCC might expire before the visa issue date, I would always recommend checking with the embassy via an email to VFS. At least this way, you can print the response and have it at the interview with you.

As always, good luck!


Bec & Dipu

Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : New Delhi, India

I-129F Sent : 2010-11-22

I-129F NOA1 : 2010-12-01

I-129F NOA2 : 2011-04-21

NVC Received : 2011-04-27

NVC Left : 2011-05-05

Embassy Rcvd : 2011-05-08

Pack 3 Rcvd : 2011-05-11

Pack 3 Sent : 2011-06-23

Pack 4 Rcvd : 2011-07-08

Interview : 2011-08-03

Visa Received : 2011-11-09

POE : 2012-01-13

Marriage : 2012-01-21

AOS/EAD Sent : 2012-02-13

NOA1 : 2012-02-22

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Can you have your wife cite her source?

The Delhi embassy website states the following:

POLICE REPORT: Each applicant aged 16 years and older must submit a police certificate that includes information regarding the applicant including all arrests, the reason for the arrest(s) and the disposition of such cases. (A) Indian citizens residing in India for six months or more since turning 16 years of age must present Indian police clearance certificates from both their district police station and the local area passport office. Applicants whose passports were issued within six months of the visa interview may present just the passport office certificate. These certificates are valid for one year from the date of issuance. (B) If an Indian citizen who has lived in India for at least one year after the age of 16 currently resides outside India, he/she must obtain a certificate issued by the Indian Embassy or Consulate where he/she lives. These certificates are valid for only one year from the date of issuance.

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ivpacket309k1.html

The bold sentence refers to "these certificates" which is plural, so I would assume that it is referring to both the police and passport clearance certificates.

The New Delhi embassy site specific to police certificates does not state the validity period:

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/police_certificates.html

The Mumbai embassy website specific to police certificates does state the validity period:

Police certificates

Each visa applicant over the age of 16 must present police certificates. Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant's residence in any area. The term "police certificate" means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, the reasons for the arrests, and the disposition of each case of which there is a record.

Police certificates are not required for periods spent in the United States. Police certificates from certain countries are considered unobtainable. All police certificates are considered to be valid for one year from the date of issuance and must be valid on the day the your visa is issued.

http://mumbai.usconsulate.gov/ivpolicecertificates.html

I have found various inconsistencies in the directions provided by Indian embassies and even between the VFS responses to questions and the information provided on the websites.

If you're afraid that your PCC might expire before the visa issue date, I would always recommend checking with the embassy via an email to VFS. At least this way, you can print the response and have it at the interview with you.

As always, good luck!

She went to the actual issuing authority this evening in Vadodara, Gujarat. She even dialed the phone while she was talking to the person and I asked the question how long is it valid for and he said 6 months.

I have e-mailed U.S. Consulate of Mumbai just to get an official answer from them. Lets see how long it takes for a response back.

Thanks for you post.

Just saw your location...I am in Westerville, Ohio as well... small world!

Edited by Dave and Kinnari

USCIS- (77 Days)
I-130 Sent : 04-05-2011
I-130 NOA1 : 04-08-2011
I-130 NOA2 : 06-24-2011

NVC- (29 Days)
NVC Received : 07-25-2011

NVC Case Closed: 08-23-2011
Medical/VFS/Interview
Interview Date Recieved: 09-02-2011
Medical Completed: 09-16-2011
VFS Fees Paid and Documents Submitted: 10-21-2011
Interview: 11-10-2011

Interview Status: Approved
Visa In Hand: 11-10-2011

USA

P.O.E- Chicago, IL: 12-16-11
Recieved Welcome Letter: 01-03-2012
Received Green Card: 01-19-2012
Re-applied for SSN: 01-23-2012
Received SSN: 01-27-2012

Apply for Removal of Conditions: 09-17-13

ROC- (112 Days)

I-751 Sent (CSC): 11-22-13

Check Cashed: 11-27-13

I-751 NOA1: 11-30-13

Biometrics: 12-23-13
Case Status: Approved
Green Card Issued: 3-14-14

Green Card In Hand: 3-20-14

CITIZENSHIP

Apply For N-400: 1-28-15

Check Cashed: 02-5-15

NOA: 02-11-15

Biometrics: 03-2-15

In Line Interview: 06-10-15

Interview: 07-20-15

Interview Status: Approved

Oath Ceremony: 08-20-15

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