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Foreign Police Certificate - lived in same country twice (China)

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I'm new here and hoping someone can help. I'm currently assembling documents for the K1 interview at the US embassy in London. 


I understand that a police certificate is required when you've lived abroad for longer than 12 months. 


My current problem is this: I lived in China twice, on two separate visas. The first time was a Z (work) visa, for one year, and the second was a temporary student visa, for 4 months. 

I have a police certificate that covers me for the year I spent working in China, but I haven't got a further certificate from the period in which I studied in China. 


August 2014 - July 2015 = in China on Z work visa (possess police check certificate for this period)

September 2015 - December 2016 = in China on student visa (don't possess police check certificate for this period)


Has anyone had experience with a similar situation (not necessarily in China)? I know that these time periods are consecutive and amount to over a year together, but seeing as I have a police certificate from the majority of the time I spent there, do I definitely need to obtain one to cover the further 4 months?


Any advice would be most welcome, I'm stressing about this as know what a huge headache it is to get the police check once you've left China, without going through agencies who charge 1000s of RMB...


Many thanks!

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You only need the PC for any time period over 6 months.  As your student visa never reached 6 months duration in the country you do not have to submit one for that time period only the first one on the Z visa.


Additional information can be found here:  https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/fees/reciprocity-by-country/CH.html#slide-7  Select Police, court and Prison records along the left column

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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

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Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

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

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