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U.S. police clearance for K1 visa, living abroad now.

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Hi everyone,

I'm sorry if I post something that is too obvious, I am just very confused now regarding the police clearance and what exactly it is.

I received our NOA2 and here's the paragraph I'm confused on.


My fiance has lived in the U.S. for a total of about 4-5 years (student) but now lives in Vietnam. I live in the U.S. now and want to get her police certificate, but I don't even know what it is exactly. For those U.S. citizens, I first thought "Background Check" like employers do but then after having already requested it, I found that I need an FBI check? But then on the FBI's website it says "Identity History Check" and that it takes at least 12 weeks (which is already much longer than our petition is good for...

So, sorry but, what do I actually need? Every time I check for "Police Certificate", I end up with anything but those actual words so I don't know what to request. ??

Any help is greatly appreciated in advance, and sorry if it's been asked before.


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Do you mean a police certificate regarding their time in the US? If so, you don't need to apply for that, it's just done automatically.

Immigration Timeline


June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 


November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!


August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office


August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online :dance:

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date!


I am the Beneficiary


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^^Wow really? :) Haha, I've been grilling my brains over here and visiting offices all over the place trying to figure this one out. I guess it should have been obvious to me, but since I didn't see *U.S. background check etc. not required* or something, I didn't think about it. Thank you!

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