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Hi everyone.  I have a question regarding the Police Clearance Certificate to immigrate to US.  My US citizen father filed my petition under F3 category.  I was born in India but now I am a Canadian citizen, have been living in Canada for the last 22 years.  Do I need to get the Police Clearance Certificate from India as well as from Canada when I am asked for it by US Councillor in Canada?  I am so much concerned as the instructions on USCIS say to get PCC from all the countries you have lived since the age of 16.

 

I thank everyone in advance for your advice in this matter.

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Depends on how long you lived in India since age 16 (if at all):

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/collect-and-submit-forms-and-documents-to-the-nvc/step-5-collect-supporting-documents.html

If you are 16 years of age or older, you must submit a photocopy of a police certificate from all countries you have lived in using below criteria:

If you ... AND you... THEN submit a police certificate from...
Are 16 years old or older Lived in your country of nationality for more than 6 months at any time in your life Your country of nationality
Are 16 years old or older Have lived in your country of current residence (if different from nationality) for more than 6 months Your country of current residence
Have ever lived in another country for 12 months or more Were 16 years or older at the time you lived there The country where you used to live.
Were arrested for any reason, regardless of how long you lived in that city or country, and no matter what age you were   The city and/or country where you were arrested.

 


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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You don't need to take PCC from India if you didn't stay there for long period of time and that too after 16 years of your age. If you visited India after your 16th birthday, just as a tourist for few months then you don't require any PCC. If you still want PCC from India then you can get it easily within a weak from BLS International. You can also get it from nearest Indian Embassy where even they can give you PCC in a day. Hope this helps. Let me know if you still have questions. Peace!

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13 hours ago, MK2803 said:

You don't need to take PCC from India if you didn't stay there for long period of time and that too after 16 years of your age. If you visited India after your 16th birthday, just as a tourist for few months then you don't require any PCC. If you still want PCC from India then you can get it easily within a weak from BLS International. You can also get it from nearest Indian Embassy where even they can give you PCC in a day. Hope this helps. Let me know if you still have questions. Peace!

Thanks for your suggestion.  I think I will have to get PCC from India also as I lived in India since my birth until the age 25. The only problem is to get it from BLS International from Canada, as it might take longer than you predicted.  I thank you again for your help.

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36 minutes ago, SonnyS said:

Thanks for your suggestion.  I think I will have to get PCC from India also as I lived in India since my birth until the age 25. The only problem is to get it from BLS International from Canada, as it might take longer than you predicted.  I thank you again for your help.

As Geowrian already posted, the rules very clear when you do and don’t need to get a police certificate. You very clearly do. There is no “think” involved!

 

Official Dept of state instructions:

  • Police Records

    Indian Police Clearance Certificates should be obtained as follows:

  • All Indian nationals aged 16 and above, residing in India, should obtain police clearance certificates from the Regional Passport Office.
  • Indian passport holders residing outside India should obtain a statement from their local Indian Embassy, Consulate, High Commission, or Deputy High Commission confirming they have no criminal record.
  • Non-Indian applicants residing in India who are registered with the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) should obtain police certificates from the FRRO serving their area of residence.
  • Non-Indian applicants who reside in India and are not FRRO registered, such as foreigners holding Overseas Citizen of Indian status or members of the Tibetan community holding Identity Certificates, should obtain police clearance certificates from the District Police Station serving their area of residence.
  • Indian police certificates are not available for foreign (non-Indian) nationals applying outside India.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/India.html

 

suggest you follow instructions properly so as to not jeopardize getting your visa, on time. There are clear instructions for every step of the way.

Edited by SusieQQQ

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On 1/27/2019 at 11:57 AM, SonnyS said:

Thanks for your suggestion.  I think I will have to get PCC from India also as I lived in India since my birth until the age 25. The only problem is to get it from BLS International from Canada, as it might take longer than you predicted.  I thank you again for your help.

If your record is clean then it will take 1 week maximum. I got my PCC from BLS in just 1 week. Don’t worry it will work for you as well. 

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