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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

I'd like to start gathering the paperwork we'll need for the NVC phase of the I-130 process (still awaiting NOA2 at the moment, hope to get it in June). My husband and I seem to have differing interpretations of the requirements for the necessary police certificate(s). I hope someone here will be able to shed some light on this issue, as I seem to be completely unable to comprehend it.

We've read the guidelines at Travel.State.Gov, as well as the information provided on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Canberra.

My husband has lived in several different areas of Australia--a couple of different cities in NSW, and also in QLD. He has been living in the ACT for the past few years.

My understanding is that he must obtain a police certificate for each state (possibly each town?) in which he lived for more than 6 months, after the age of 16. So at minimum, he'd need to get certificates from NSW, QLD and the ACT. He says that he will only need a certificate from the ACT, where he now resides. Any input on this would be appreciated. I'm sure it's as simple as can be, but I am darned if I can't figure out what needs to be done. I hope he's right, as that would sure be easier!


AOS:

Married 1/24/2011

I-130 sent 12/12/2011
Visa APPROVED! 9/4/2012
Port of Entry DFW 11/27/2012

ROC:

I-751 sent to VSC 9/16/2014

ROC APPROVED! 3/25/2015

Naturalization:

N-400 sent to Lewisville lockbox 3/29/2016

N-400 received at Lewisville lockbox 3/30/2016

Card charged 4/2/2016

Text messaged that case received, receipt number issued 4/5/2016

NOA notice date 4/4/2016

NOA received 4/8/2016, priority date 3/30/16

Biometrics letter received 4/16/2016

Biometrics appointment scheduled for 4/28/2016

Biometrics done 4/28/2016

Case updated on USCIS website, 'In line for interview' 5/3/2016

Texted and case updated on USCIS website, 'Interview has been scheduled' 7/22/2016

Interview letter received 7/25, interview scheduled for 8/31/2016

Interviewed and recommended for approval, 8/31/2016

Text received that oath ceremony notice mailed, case updated on website 9/1/2016

Oath letter received 9/6/2016, oath scheduled for 9/21/2016

Oath taken 9/21/2016, CITIZENSHIP ACQUIRED! Yay!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Nigeria
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I believe it is for each country


08/01/12-Married08/17/12-Applied for Social Security Card09/23/12-Husband received his Social Security card!09/27/12-Filed AOS09/28/12-AOS package received10/01/12-Text message from USCIS10/03/12-Check cashed10/09/12-NOA1 for I485,I765,I131 AND Biometrics Appointment Letter10/24/12-Biometrics Appointment12/11/12-EAD and AP Approved-75 days12/14/12-EAD/AP Card Production ordered12/21/12-EAD/AP Card came in the mail06/22/13-Green Card Approved06/27/13-Greed Card Production Ordered06/29/13-Green Card came in the mail<p>

04/09/15-Mailed ROC

04/10/2015-Package received

04/14/2015-Check cashed

06/02/2015-Called Service Center (still no NOA1) Service request found out wrong address on paperwork! :(

06/03/2015-Called to get address updated Ar11 online add change didnt work-got infopass for June 10th

06/10/2015-Went to info pass appt. Hubby got a 1yr. Extension stamp in his passport and biometrics done

08/12/2015-ROC Approved. Got letter in the mail.

08/29/2015-received new card in the mail.

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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum.

I'd like to start gathering the paperwork we'll need for the NVC phase of the I-130 process (still awaiting NOA2 at the moment, hope to get it in June). My husband and I seem to have differing interpretations of the requirements for the necessary police certificate(s). I hope someone here will be able to shed some light on this issue, as I seem to be completely unable to comprehend it.

We've read the guidelines at Travel.State.Gov, as well as the information provided on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Canberra.

My husband has lived in several different areas of Australia--a couple of different cities in NSW, and also in QLD. He has been living in the ACT for the past few years.

My understanding is that he must obtain a police certificate for each state (possibly each town?) in which he lived for more than 6 months, after the age of 16. So at minimum, he'd need to get certificates from NSW, QLD and the ACT. He says that he will only need a certificate from the ACT, where he now resides. Any input on this would be appreciated. I'm sure it's as simple as can be, but I am darned if I can't figure out what needs to be done. I hope he's right, as that would sure be easier!

It is a national police check, initiated at state level. The check is done in the ACT from national records. You need one certificate for Australia, obtained through your local cop shop. Tell them its the fingerprint check for immigration, they will do the rest. It will arrive in the mail and its titled 'National Police Certificate'.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Australia
Timeline

Thank you for your help! This is exactly what I needed to know.


AOS:

Married 1/24/2011

I-130 sent 12/12/2011
Visa APPROVED! 9/4/2012
Port of Entry DFW 11/27/2012

ROC:

I-751 sent to VSC 9/16/2014

ROC APPROVED! 3/25/2015

Naturalization:

N-400 sent to Lewisville lockbox 3/29/2016

N-400 received at Lewisville lockbox 3/30/2016

Card charged 4/2/2016

Text messaged that case received, receipt number issued 4/5/2016

NOA notice date 4/4/2016

NOA received 4/8/2016, priority date 3/30/16

Biometrics letter received 4/16/2016

Biometrics appointment scheduled for 4/28/2016

Biometrics done 4/28/2016

Case updated on USCIS website, 'In line for interview' 5/3/2016

Texted and case updated on USCIS website, 'Interview has been scheduled' 7/22/2016

Interview letter received 7/25, interview scheduled for 8/31/2016

Interviewed and recommended for approval, 8/31/2016

Text received that oath ceremony notice mailed, case updated on website 9/1/2016

Oath letter received 9/6/2016, oath scheduled for 9/21/2016

Oath taken 9/21/2016, CITIZENSHIP ACQUIRED! Yay!

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Filed: Country: Hong Kong
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I have a similar situation and hope someone can shed some light on it.

My wife is a Hong Kong citizen, and we are currently residing in Hong Kong, so we will get a Hong Kong Police certificate. However, my wife also worked in Beijing for just under a year. Hong Kong and China are technically "one country, two systems".

So, does she need Police Certificates from China also? It is a pain to do it since it needs to be done in person (and could take a few days). Hope someone knows, I have been researching like crazy but can't get to far. Thanks in advance!


CR-1 Visa Journey

California Service Center (filed from Hong Kong through Chicago Lockbox)

2012-04-28 Married in Hong Kong

2012-05-15 I-130 Sent to Chicago Lockbox

2012-05-21 I-130 NOA1 from CSC

2012-06-08 RFE :'(

Praying that everything goes quickly and smoothly.

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I have a similar situation and hope someone can shed some light on it.

My wife is a Hong Kong citizen, and we are currently residing in Hong Kong, so we will get a Hong Kong Police certificate. However, my wife also worked in Beijing for just under a year. Hong Kong and China are technically "one country, two systems".

So, does she need Police Certificates from China also? It is a pain to do it since it needs to be done in person (and could take a few days). Hope someone knows, I have been researching like crazy but can't get to far. Thanks in advance!

You should try posting your question in the China forum, you will get better advice than from here.

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