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

So My wife is getting her civil police clearance today but the cert says it is valid for 30 days. Heres my problem; I need the doc to submit to the NVC. By the time my wife has her interview, it will have expired. Will my wife have to get another one before the interview or will the one i submit with the documentation still be ok?

Getting this doc is a pain because it cannot be notarized in just any notary or cartorio. My wife has to have it notarized in another city which is a 6 hour drive.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China

Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Mexico, Latin & South America regional forum; validity of Police Certificates can vary from country to country which makes this topic country (Brazil) specific.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

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February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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

You'd better write the consulate and ask them about it, anyways, I have never heard about two police clearances, generally they will still accept that one at the time of the interview. The email is immigrationrio@state.gov

Marriage: June 21, 2011

USCIS (179 days - 5 months and 27 days)

I-130 mailed: August 24, 2011

NOA1: September 1, 2011

Touched: September 6, 2011

NOA2: February 27, 2012

NVC - 30 days

NVC Received: March 05, 2012

NVC assigns case #: March 09, 2012

E-mailed choice of agent according to VJ's sample: March 13, 2012

Received AOS package and I-864 bill: March 14, 2012

Paid I-864 bill: March 15, 2012

I-864 bill status PAID: March 16, 2012

Mailed AOS package: March 19, 2012

NVC’s operator informed on the phone they accepted AOS package: March 23, 2012

Received checklist for the DS-3032: March 23, 2012 (the first electronic choice of agent didn’t get through…)

Resent electronic choice of agent to NVC: March 23, 2012

NVC accepts electronic choice of agent: March 26, 2012

IV bill invoiced: March 27, 2012

IV bill paid: March 28, 2012

IV bill status PAID: March 29, 2012

Mailed IV package: March 29, 2012

CASE COMPLETE: April 04, 2012

NVC left and interview scheduled: April 06, 2012

Interview date: May 30, 2012

Result: APPROVED!!!!


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

The requirements for the Civil and Federal police clearances for the consulate in Rio de Janeiro are posted on the travel.state.gov website.


It states that

"“SECRETARIA DE SEGURANÇA PÚBLICA, Polícia Técnico Científica”- It is required that the applicant obtain a certificate from the SECRETARIA DE SEGURANÇA PÚBLICA, Polícia Técnico Científica – Civil Police, from each state in Brazil where the applicant has resided for 6 (six) months or longer for the last 5 (five) years. If you have resided in more than one state in Brazil, during this period, you will need one for each state. The certificates issued by “Cartório” or “Fórum” are NOT, repeat, NOT acceptable, in any circumstances."

I am going to get two civil certificates just in case. One from my wifes current state and one from her previous state since she moved 2 years ago.

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

The police certificate she needs for the interview should not require a notary or any documentation from a cartorio. The civil police certificate may have an expiration date on it, but the U.S. Consulate will consider the police certificate as valid for one year from the date it was issued - so she should be ok at her interview.

Also, why do you have to submit the police clearances to NVC? For Brazil, the USC only submits the Affidavit of Support to NVC, all of the other documents will be supplied by your wife at the interview. And yes, she will need a civil police certificate for every state she lived in for more than 6 months (since she turned 16).

Hope that helps...

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

I emailed the Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and this is their exact reply

Although the referred documents only have 30 days of validity, we may accept the police certificates until 12 months after their issuance date.


Consular Communications Office

U.S. Consulate General

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil


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