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My interview is on september 21, still haven't received my police certificate from when I lived in Spain. What do?

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Hey guys,

My interview is in Montreal on september 21. I lived in Madrid from the age of 16 to 2 months into my 18th birthday. I thought I didn't need a police certificate from Spain, but it turns out it's from the age of 16... And I only realised this when I got packet 4.

From what I've heard, and from my own experience, it seems really difficult to get a police certificate. I tried to get it online and that pretty much seemed impossible so I chose the mail route and mailed it 2 weeks ago.

I haven't heard anything or gotten anything in the mail yet.

My question is, if I don't receive it by my interview date, what should I do? I can tell you I haven't committed any crimes in Spain, I'm not worried about that.

I've got everything else ready, I did my medical this week. It's starting to stress me out so I'm trying to see what my options are...

Thanks in advance for your help!

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You can have your interview anyway but they won't issue the visa until you give them everything they ask for.

K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)


ROC: 04-19-2019 earliest filing date


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You can only provide what you have. If they ask tell them exactly what you stated above - that you have applied for one as of (date) but have not received it yet. You are not the first nor will you be the last person this has happened to. Good luck! :)

Alright thank you! that's better than I thought.

In this case..

Anyone have any info on getting a spanish police certificate. Is the mail option reliable?

You should check the European subforum and ask questions directly related Spain there. It's your best bet to find country-specific info. :)




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05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

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05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

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Alright thank you! that's better than I thought.

In this case..

Anyone have any info on getting a spanish police certificate. Is the mail option reliable?

State Department - Look here by country for all Police Records Requirements for USA Visa application.


Police clearance is only for the embassy visa process... IF you have lived in a foreign country for 6 mos. or more from the age of 16 or older you will need to secure a police clearance from each of those countries.

Follow the embassy instructions letter for what is required for the visa application process.

Edited by Greenbaum


Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]


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Did you end up getting your police certificate from Spain in the mail? I just sent you a private message. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!! I need the Spanish police certificate ASAP and want to know if mail is reliable.


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Hey! Yes, I made a request by mail and paid the fee by international bank transfer because I couldn't figure out how to do it online.


- So I completed the forms,

- Got a receipt from the bank as proof of payment: I payed my bank 30$ for the 3,70 Euro international     transfer because I was panicking. Still unsure if there's a cheaper and/or better option. Probably haha.

- Passport bio page photocopy

- as well as a copy of my health insurance card from when I was in Spain (which isn't necessary but I figured it would be extra evidence that I lived there)


http://www.mjusticia.gob.es/cs/Satellite/Portal/en/ciudadanos/ciudadanos/certificado-antecedentes?param1=2 <- form is on this website. 


If I remember well they sent it to me about 2 weeks later, but it was in Spanish so I had to find Spanish to English certified translator who did it for me in less than 2 days. 


Good luck!

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