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Hello VJ Members,

We just received our NOA2 (Yay!). I am in the process of gathering the documents needed for the Interview.

My questions are in regards to police certificates.

1. My fiancée is from Brazil.

2. My fiancée is currently living in Ireland for the last 7 years.

Question:
1. Does she need Police Certificates from both State and Federal for Brazil?

2. Will they have to be translated to English (I'm assuming so), if so what's the best way to do this?

3. Since she is living in Ireland, would she be able to request this?

4. Does she just need to request a "Police Certificate" in regards to Brazil or specifically say it's in regards to a US Visa?

5. Ireland Police Certificate - What's the best way to go about obtaining the Certificate from there. Same question as #4.

Anyone with Brazilian Fiance or Fiancee thank you in advance for your help or advice for any additional tips or suggestions for anything I might have troubles with.

Also, thank you to anyone for any advice or help with any other additional documentation or suggestions that might help me gather the requested documentation before her interview.

Best wishes and luck to everyone.

-David

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Congrats on your NOA2! I can only answer question 2 using the information from the Consulate in Rio's website (http://photos.state.gov/libraries/brazil/571295/pdfs/Inst%20_amp_%20Interv%20letter%20Fiancee%20K1K2-%20Eng%20Oct13.pdf)

All documents neither in English nor in Portuguese must be accompanied by certified English translations done by a certified translator.

That link I posted also addresses the issue of police certificates, but it's not exactly clear to me if she needs the two from Brazil despite not having lived there in the last five years. Might be a good idea to ask the Consulate :)

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Hello VJ Members,

We just received our NOA2 (Yay!). I am in the process of gathering the documents needed for the Interview.

My questions are in regards to police certificates.

1. My fiancée is from Brazil.

2. My fiancée is currently living in Ireland for the last 7 years.

Question:

1. Does she need Police Certificates from both State and Federal for Brazil?

2. Will they have to be translated to English (I'm assuming so), if so what's the best way to do this?

3. Since she is living in Ireland, would she be able to request this?

4. Does she just need to request a "Police Certificate" in regards to Brazil or specifically say it's in regards to a US Visa?

5. Ireland Police Certificate - What's the best way to go about obtaining the Certificate from there. Same question as #4.

Anyone with Brazilian Fiance or Fiancee thank you in advance for your help or advice for any additional tips or suggestions for anything I might have troubles with.

Also, thank you to anyone for any advice or help with any other additional documentation or suggestions that might help me gather the requested documentation before her interview.

Best wishes and luck to everyone.

-David

She will need police certificate from both Brazil and Ireland.

Also when you request for one, they might already offer to provide it in English.

Upon asking, for China, they provided in both Chinese and English, and

for Russia, they provided in English for my fiancee.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
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Question I emailed to Dublin, Ireland US Embassy: (Greeting etc. edited out of email)

Police Certificates – Does she need police certificates from both Brazil and Ireland. If so, do the Brazil police certificates need to be translated into English? What type certification for the translation do they need to have?

Answer:

Dear Mr. Burroughs,

Thank you for your recent email. Please be advised that every applicant is required to submit a police certificate from each country they have resided in for more than one year since the age of 16. You will need to get any certificate translated that does not have an English translation. Please contact the Embassy of Brazil who may be able to assist you in this request.

Regards,

Visa Unit

I did end up finding a link with examples of the certificates needed.

http://brazil.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visas/frequently-asked-questions/brazilian-document-sample-library.html

I also found this information posted on one of the embassy websites in regards to Brazil Police Certificates.

How to obtain a police certificate -
Brazil Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes. Applicants need to provide the three different certificates listed below. How and where do I obtain one?
Local Requests Applicants should contact the issuing authorities to obtain the three following certificates:
1.A Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the federal police. Consult their website at www.dpf.gov.br for instructions.
2.A Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais, issued by the state authority. Contact the state authority directly, using the local directory for assistance.
3.A Certidão de Distribuição Cíveis e Criminais, issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Contact the local justice department for instructions or consult www.justicafederal.gov.br. Non-Resident Requests Applicants must have a representative in Brazil with notarized authorization to request the federal and state police certificates on their behalf.
Not sure if both 1 and 3 are needed since this information wasn't listed on the US Embassy in Ireland website, but I'm going to attempt to get both to be sure.
www.dpf.gov.br

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The US Embassy/Consulate in Ireland has nothing to do with your process. (Your fiancée is going to return to Brazil for her K-1 interview, right?) Since your fiancée is from Brazil, the final authority for what documents you need is the US Consualte in Rio. If you look at the link I gave you, it clearly shows that anyone who is over 18 age and from Brazil needs TWO different police certificates from Brazil: one is from the Secretaria de Segurança Pública, which comes from the state, and another from the Polícia Federal. This is in addition to the one she needs from Ireland because she's lived there for more than six months after the age of 16.

And as I said in my previous post, the documents can be in English or Portuguese. The one from Ireland will obviously be in English and the two from Brazil will be in Portuguese, and both are acceptable as-is with no translation required.

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Thank you for the additional information. She is still living in Ireland and we have listed Dublin as the location for the Interview. Here is the response I received from the Ireland Embassy.

Question I emailed to Dublin, Ireland US Embassy: (Greeting etc. edited out of email)

Police Certificates – Does she need police certificates from both Brazil and Ireland. If so, do the Brazil police certificates need to be translated into English? What type certification for the translation do they need to have?

Answer:

Dear Mr. Burroughs,

Thank you for your recent email. Please be advised that every applicant is required to submit a police certificate from each country they have resided in for more than one year since the age of 16. You will need to get any certificate translated that does not have an English translation. Please contact the Embassy of Brazil who may be able to assist you in this request.

Regards,

Visa Unit

According to the Embassy in Ireland they will have to have an English Translation. I'm guessing since the Interview is in Ireland that is why they need the translations. Thanks again for the additional info though and response.

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Oh, that makes sense. I hadn't considered that possibility because usually the beneficiaries interview in their home country. In that case, if they're requesting the Brazilian certificates be translated into English, then the next step is to find out exactly how they handle this (whether it has to be by a certified Irish translator, or whether you can do it yourself and just attach a signed statement saying you are competent in both languages). The other challenge is going to be actually getting the police certificates while not in Brazil...I think one of them can be done online, but I'm not sure about the other one. I guess the Brazilian Embassy in Ireland could tell you more about that.

Good luck!

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I totally agree. The big challenge is getting the certificates while not in Brazil. One of the certificates looks like it can be gotten through the website (State I believe). The other is local and someone with a power of attorney has to request it. Luckily her father has power of attorney so hopefully we can get it that way. *Fingers crossed* Thank you for the best wishes. Same to you as well!

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