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UAE Police Certificate needed for K1 interview?

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I know this topic has been talked about many times before and the general consensus seems to be that it is not possible to acquire one when you are outside of the country (I lived there for over a year but do not anymore). I know it says on the official website - it is not possible to obtain, but I have read on the UAE embassy for London's website and when I called up they said it was possible to get the certificate.... So I'm really confused.

I just wanted to to see if anyone more recently had been to an interview either with or without this certificate or if anyone had tried to obtain one - how did it go?

Don't want to show up unprepared, but anyone who has lived in Dubai will know the bureaucracy over there is frustratingly slow and confusing, so I would rather not deal with it if I don't have to!

Any experiences or thoughts would be awesome!


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London website recognizes that some are not available and give you a link to the Dept of State reciprocity table. Scroll down this page and print out the bit about police certificates to take to your interview. http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_5455.html?cid=9666 It's the official word from the Dept of State, which is the boss-man over the embassy.

Police Records

Available, only if applicant is physically present in the UAE.

Police certificates may be obtained by any person, regardless of nationality, by personally appearing at the Central Police Headquarters located in the emirate of residence or former residence. When appearing to request a police certificate, the applicant should provide recent photographs, a letter from the requesting authority, the date of residence in the emirate, and their passport.

Not available by mail. Post recommends that consular officers waive the general requirement to obtain police certificates unless the applicant lives in the UAE.

And don't believe most of what the call center in Scotland tells you when you call the embassy. They are often wrong or misleading and are not consulate officers.

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