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Does anyone have any experience with getting a police certificate from Canada recently? Old information says we can submit on paper, but the RCMP website states all submissions must be electronic, limiting us to "accredited businesses" if we are international. The accredited business also happen to charge $150+ for the service.

What are your experiences?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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hrm, I got one in October and all I did was walk into the police station downtown and ask them for a police check. They asked what the reason was and I said "Immigration". They handed me a piece of paper to fill out and paid a $40 fee... A few weeks later I got it in the mail. Maybe it's different depending on province or city? Did you contact the local police station? :/


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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Does anyone have any experience with getting a police certificate from Canada recently? Old information says we can submit on paper, but the RCMP website states all submissions must be electronic, limiting us to "accredited businesses" if we are international. The accredited business also happen to charge $150+ for the service.

What are your experiences?

It depends if you're currently in Canada or not. See:

travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country/CA.html

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... Yes, we received communication sometimes last year about the electronic request - I know a couple of people who went with the international service from the Commissionnaires - I would contact them to see the next steps while in Japan.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Ah sorry. :/


I-129F Process:

 

05/03/2014 I-129F Sent
05/09/2014 NOA1

05/12/2014 Alien Registration Number Changed

09/17/2014 NOA2 (OMG!!!!) 

09/23/2014 Case forwarded to NVC
10/01/2014 NVC Received

10/06/2014 NVC forwarded case to Montreal Consulate 

10/07/2014 Montreal Consulate Received

10/08/2014 Sent Packet 3

10/09/2014 Received Packet 4

10/22/2014 Medical Appointment

11/12/2014 Interview  APPROVED 

11/24/2014 Visa in Hand!!!!

12/28/2014 POE - Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
01/12/2015 Applied for SSN

01/31/2015 The day I married my best friend 

 

 AOS Process:

 

03/14/2015 Sent AOS Package

03/23/2015 Email confirmation, case accepted & routed to USCIS
04/15/2015 Biometrics taken
06/03/2015 75 days since receipt date on my EAD application, called USCIS for a service request  

06/09/2015 NOA2 for AP & EAD ^.^ (arrived in the mail on June 15th!!! finally!!!!)
06/17/2015 AP/EAD Combo card in hand!
06/22/2015 Notice of Potential Interview Waiver Case
09/27/2015 AOS  APPROVED
10/03/2015 Received Green Card in the mail!!!

 

ROC Process:
06/26/2017 Sent ROC Package

06/30/2017 NOA / 1 year extension 
08/04/2017 Biometrics taken

04/09/2018 Case was received at my local office

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Sorry, I should have been more specific. I'm in the US, she's in Japan. She needs it since she spent time living there.

Just got ours a few weeks ago.

If she had no arrests you can call them and process it. If she has a record of any type she has to be electronically fingerprinted ( can be in Japan just has to follow a proper chain of custody).

There are other variables but the easiest way is to just call the region she lived in and ask what's best for THEM.


February 2010: Met on Facebook
September 27, 2013: Began Dating

December 21, 2013: Met in person for the first time (Two weeks together)
April 5, 2014: Met for the second time (One week together)
April 11, 2014: GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!
June 29, 2014: Celebrated Canada Day and Independence Day together (One week together)

July 11, 2014: Filed all documents with USCIS for K1 Visa
July 17, 2014: NOA1

July 18, 2014: ARN Changed / USCIS check cleared my bank

September 14, 2014: Expedite requested for financial hardship; Declined for lack of evidence

October 17, 2014: He came to visit me in Atlanta for my daughter's surgery (One week together)

November 7, 2014: Expedite requested for a second time; USCIS unable to access my case for updates....

November 12, 2014: Contact my Congressman to request an inquiry into my case status

November 19, 2014: Receive notice that expedite request has been DECLINED

November 21, 2014: USCIS emailed my Congressman to inform him that the expedite has been APPROVED and will be processed.

This completely means that they re-considered their decision only after Congressional Inquiry

November 26, 2014: NOA2

November 26, 2014: Went to Toronto to Spend American Thanksgiving together (4 days together)

December 9, 2014: Shipment to NVC Notice

December 17, 2014: Received at NVC

December 18, 2014: MTL Case Number and Invoice Number Issued

December 20, 2014: Shipped from NVC to Embassy

December 21, 2014: He came for Christmas with my daughters and I (Two weeks together)

December 22, 2014: Montreal Embassy Consulate Received

December 23, 2014: Packet 3 Received via Email

January 6, 2015: Packet 3 Submitted via Email

January 15, 2015: Packet 4 Received via Email

February 19, 2015: Extended visit with me and my girls (6 weeks together)

May 10, 2015: Anticipated Wedding Date

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Spain
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Does anyone have any experience with getting a police certificate from Canada recently? Old information says we can submit on paper, but the RCMP website states all submissions must be electronic, limiting us to "accredited businesses" if we are international. The accredited business also happen to charge $150+ for the service.

What are your experiences?

Yes, I live in Spain and the only way to do it from here according to the Canadian Embassy and that RMP webpage is to use an accredited agency. I had to go to a police office in Spain to have my fingerprints taken, send my fingerprints to that agency to have them digitalized and then they're supposed to send that to the Canadian Police, get my record and send it to me. All of that: 200 CAD. A lot.

I got an e-mail some days ago saying that my fingerprints were already sent to the police, so I should get my record soon (maybe in one week).

I didn't have any arrests, of course. So if it could have been done just by calling, I was tricked by both the Canadian Embassy in Madrid and the RMP http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/index-eng.htmto spend that much money.

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Does anyone have any experience with getting a police certificate from Canada recently? Old information says we can submit on paper, but the RCMP website states all submissions must be electronic, limiting us to "accredited businesses" if we are international. The accredited business also happen to charge $150+ for the service.

What are your experiences?

I did request the criminal record check report about 4-5 months ago. Sent email to several accredited companies asking about their fingerprint service
and decided to choose one of them based on the lowest fee they charged.
The company charged about CAD 90 (cardscan fee+HST) + CAD 25 (RCMP fee) = about CAD 115
Three days after the company submitted the electronic fingerprint to RCMP, RCMP completed the criminal check and sent out the result to this company.
The company scanned the result and emailed the scanned version and sent the original report to me.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Japan
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Thank you for the input everyone, we appreciate it. Next step will be to contact the local police department where she lived and see what they suggest.

If we can get by with just a name check, as ChristieLindsay suggested, that would be even better. As aara1988 mentioned, the 3rd party agency route seems like it's very expensive. :(

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: France
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Hi guys,

So I see you are talking about the police record from Canada .

Here's my situation,

I am French, living in France and I studied in Montreal,Quebec for 3 years. Never got arrested there.

I wanted to know if you absolutely need a fingerprint based police certificate or If you can just get a name checked based to bring to the Interview.

I'm confused because the website ***removed*** says that you just need the name check based certificate for US immigration

In case I need fingerprints, how long did it take you guys with commisionnaires?

thanks!

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Alright I wanted to update this in case someone else is looking for information. So, after an extensive search I found out that if you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident you need to get a full background check with fingerprints. You cannot get a simple name and date of birth check. 

 

So what you need to do to proceed is actually quite simple. You need to hire a third party company that will do the work for you. There are plenty out there and the best, simplest, fastest, and more comprehensive one I found is Fingerprint Room. What you need to do is go on their website download and fill all of their forms. Then print the fingerprint one and go to your local police station with the form and tell them you need to be fingerprinted for foreign visa purposes, and ask them to fill the form out for you. After you do that you scan all your forms and email to FR and snail mail it too. They start processing as soon as they receive your email and the turnaround time for the police certificate is 2 weeks including shipping. 

 

The only down to this is that it’s quite costly, $250 but it includes everything. But what else isn’t costly in this process and it saves you from spending money by having to go to Canada to have this done. So much cheaper than a plane ticket. 

 

Here’s the link to their website: http://www.thefingerprintroom.com/en-home/forms#formblock936

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On 11/27/2017 at 2:53 PM, TNJ17 said:

Alright I wanted to update this in case someone else is looking for information. So, after an extensive search I found out that if you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident you need to get a full background check with fingerprints. You cannot get a simple name and date of birth check. 

 

So what you need to do to proceed is actually quite simple. You need to hire a third party company that will do the work for you. There are plenty out there and the best, simplest, fastest, and more comprehensive one I found is Fingerprint Room. What you need to do is go on their website download and fill all of their forms. Then print the fingerprint one and go to your local police station with the form and tell them you need to be fingerprinted for foreign visa purposes, and ask them to fill the form out for you. After you do that you scan all your forms and email to FR and snail mail it too. They start processing as soon as they receive your email and the turnaround time for the police certificate is 2 weeks including shipping. 

 

The only down to this is that it’s quite costly, $250 but it includes everything. But what else isn’t costly in this process and it saves you from spending money by having to go to Canada to have this done. So much cheaper than a plane ticket. 

 

Here’s the link to their website: http://www.thefingerprintroom.com/en-home/forms#formblock936

I hear the Commissionaires is much faster (7 to 10 day turn around) and is also cheaper ($75 CAD) - This is for the fingerprint version. If you are debating if name check will suffice, I would say get fingerprints to ease your worries. You cant go wrong with doing the fingerprints. 

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2 minutes ago, deepakchani said:

I hear the Commissionaires is much faster (7 to 10 day turn around) and is also cheaper ($75 CAD) - This is for the fingerprint version. If you are debating if name check will suffice, I would say get fingerprints to ease your worries. You cant go wrong with doing the fingerprints. 

Unfortunately you can only get the no fingerprint version if you are currently in Canada or if you are a Canadian permanent resident who’s currently residing abroad. If you are a foreigner who lived in Canada and no longer does and you are no longer a permanent resident you are obligated to do the fingerprint one. That is the Canadian law. 

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