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JP Police Certificate - When to apply?

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Hey guys, was hoping someone has been through this kinda situation before, or if not then hopefully the collective can help me out with some advice!

 

So myself (the beneficiary) and my Wife met/got married in Japan. We are both leaving at the beginning of next month with her going back to the US and I will be in the UK for the remainder of the visa process. And current NOA2 date is December.

 

I've lived in Japan for over 2.5 years so I know I need a Police Certificate from here at the next stage. But my question is, if I apply and pick one up in the next month, will that be okay for the next stage in the process? As doing it now will save a lot of money in travelling to the Japanese embassy and stuff later on.

 

Thanks in advance for the help/advice! =)

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2 minutes ago, Jamie Solo said:

Hey guys, was hoping someone has been through this kinda situation before, or if not then hopefully the collective can help me out with some advice!

 

So myself (the beneficiary) and my Wife met/got married in Japan. We are both leaving at the beginning of next month with her going back to the US and I will be in the UK for the remainder of the visa process. And current NOA2 date is December.

 

I've lived in Japan for over 2.5 years so I know I need a Police Certificate from here at the next stage. But my question is, if I apply and pick one up in the next month, will that be okay for the next stage in the process? As doing it now will save a lot of money in travelling to the Japanese embassy and stuff later on.

 

Thanks in advance for the help/advice! 😃

Police certificates are valid for one year unless you have not lived in the country after the date of the certificate. So if you are still living in Japan at the date on the certificate, which it sounds like you will be , then it will be valid for 12 months only. 

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

 

scroll down to the section on Police  Certificates  

 

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30 minutes ago, Lil bear said:

So if you are still living in Japan at the date on the certificate, which it sounds like you will be , then it will be valid for 12 months only. 

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

In OP's case it will be valid after the 12 months:

37 minutes ago, Jamie Solo said:

So myself (the beneficiary) and my Wife met/got married in Japan. We are both leaving at the beginning of next month...

OP will interview in London, not Tokyo. From the DOS link above:

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If at the time of your interview the following three items are all true, you must bring a new police certificate to your visa interview:

  • You are more than 16 years old;
  • The police certificate submitted to NVC was obtained more than one year ago; and
  • You still live in the country that issued the certificate.

@Jamie Solo: get the JP police certificate before you leave Japan.

Edited by HRQX

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