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Hi Everyone,

I submitted my wife's IR-1 application earlier this year (February), and have just received the NOA1 so far, so am very early in the process.

I was looking ahead in the process, and was wondering if it is too early to have my wife apply for the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). My wife has lived in India all her life, so I am assuming she can just apply for the PCC. As I understand it, the validity of the PCC is 1 year from the date of issue.

A couple of questions I had about the PCC:

1. Can my wife apply to get the PCC independent of the IR-1 process timeline? That is, does she need to show an NOA2 doc or visa appointment letter to be able to apply for the PCC? Or can she apply whenever? I was hoping we'd get this out of the way sooner rather than later, so that it would be one thing that could be taken care of.

2. My wife did not update her passport to reflect her new marital status after marriage, and my name is not in her passport. However, my name would be on the PCC application form. Would this be a problem? Has this been a problem for any of you?

Thanks!

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Hi idk if my answer is helpful but this is how my husband did the PCC... After our marriage he added my name to his passport under spouse ... he went to the same passport office to get his PCC as well ... They give two copies ... I believe PCC expires in six months ... My husband got his PCC in few days, since PCC expires in 6 months I would wait? And start preparing other documents needed for aos and iv package ... Hope this helps

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Hi Everyone,

I submitted my wife's IR-1 application earlier this year (February), and have just received the NOA1 so far, so am very early in the process.

I was looking ahead in the process, and was wondering if it is too early to have my wife apply for the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). My wife has lived in India all her life, so I am assuming she can just apply for the PCC. As I understand it, the validity of the PCC is 1 year from the date of issue.

A couple of questions I had about the PCC:

1. Can my wife apply to get the PCC independent of the IR-1 process timeline? That is, does she need to show an NOA2 doc or visa appointment letter to be able to apply for the PCC? Or can she apply whenever? I was hoping we'd get this out of the way sooner rather than later, so that it would be one thing that could be taken care of.

2. My wife did not update her passport to reflect her new marital status after marriage, and my name is not in her passport. However, my name would be on the PCC application form. Would this be a problem? Has this been a problem for any of you?

Thanks!

Bro im from india my wife has applied for me immigrant visa (IR1) and almost process is on end.. so we have faced this process you may ask any question...

1. Tell to your wife she doesn't need to apply for pcc now because its too early she should apply for pcc after 5 or 6 months.

2. She must add ur name on her passport its really compulsory???

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Hi,

Thanks everyone for your advice. What I am gathering from your replies is that:

- The PCC certificates are actually valid for only 6 months, and not 1 year, as the US Mumbai Consulate information seems to indicate:

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/pk%203%20supplements/BMB%20-%20Bombay

- In order to get a PCC certificate, my wife's passport needs to be updated with my name in it. Did you also process a surname change as part of this, or just add your name into your spouse's passport?

Also, how long did it take for you to get this processed, and did the police come over to the residence for verification?

Thanks

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Hi There,

Thanks for your insights. My wife is in Kolkata, so hopefully the Delhi exception you mentioned doesn't come into play here.

One other question I had is whether the PCC obtained would be needed at the visa interview stage, or would it be needed earlier in the process, that is, would it be needed to submitted to the NVC after the NOA2 is received and the case is moved to the NVC?

In that case, I am guessing my wife would need to send me the PCC in the mail, so I can put it togther with the rest of the NVC package.

Thanks

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