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I'm not sure which countries I need police certificates from. I am a citizen of Canada, UK, and Australia. According to the DOS website, since I am over 16, I am required to get a police certificate from my country of nationality if I have lived there for more than 6 months at any point in my life. 

  • I was born in Canada and have spent most of my life living here. I know I will need a police certificate for Canada.
  • I have never lived in the UK, although I do have an expired UK passport (citizenship was gained through my parents). I don't think I'll need a police certificate for the UK since I have never lived there.
  • I lived in Australia for just shy of 4 years, although I was under 16 during that time. I got my citizenship through naturalization and moved back to Canada shortly after (I don't know if it was more or less than 6 months that I was living there as a citizen - if that matters). I have a valid Australian passport and have traveled on it since I was 16, although not through the US. I am unsure if I will need a police certificate from Australia.


Can anyone help me figure out which police certificates I'll need? I still have a few months before my I-130 should be approved but if I need to get one from Australia I'd rather know ahead of time in case it takes a while! 

Also, as a bonus (sort of unrelated) question: I know I will need to provide all of my passport numbers at some point. For my UK passport, will I need to renew it so it is valid? Could I leave it out since it hasn't been valid since I was a child?

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the rules state to obtain police certificate:


- from the police authorities of the applicant's country of current residence if the applicant has resided there for at least six months after attaining the age of sixteen;

-  from the police authorities of all other countries, except the United States, where the applicant has resided for at least one year after attaining the age of sixteen;

- from the police authorities of any country where the applicant had been arrested for any reason, regardless of how long he or she lived there.


I don't think any of this applies to anything but Canada in your case.   There won't be a point where you need to list all your passport numbers. They will only ask for the one from the country you are applying from (as a citizen). I have two passports from the same country but there was never a question of whether I have any other passports than the one I used.

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I agree with @stacyt.  Just Canada.

June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

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January 23, 2019 -  NOA-2 (AJ)

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PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!


PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.


GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.





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