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Hello all!

 

Soon I will be beginning my K1 visa process (exciting times!!) However, I previously lived in Venezuela. I entered on a tourist visa and began the process of gaining temporary residency. During this process my passport was not with me and the officer in charge had it. Because of the problems in Venezuela, which are ongoing and which were the reason I left in the end (I left in 2016) I am having difficulty obtaining the police certificate. 

 

I have emailed embassies and also the government body in charge of issuing the police certificate (obviously written in Spanish). However, because I was never issued a "cedula" number (again because of the situation in the country....they said there was no plastic to produce the card) it is proving difficult to get some sort of Police Certificate from there.

 

I am in contact with a friend in Venezuela who has told me that I may be able to get a document for $200, which isn't a problem, but if this fails, what else can be done? I'm curious if anyone else has had a previous experience in Venezuela or a different country?

 

Thanks in advance

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I have just seen on the travel.state.gov website..

  • This document certifies that the subject does not have any convictions or pending court cases. It does not certify that they have never been arrested.
  • Non-Venezuelans who are not residents of Venezuela (do not possess a national identity card) are unable to request police certificates at this time.  Applicants falling into this category should be prepared to show their current visa or explanation of non-resident status at the time of the visa interview.
  • Arrest records are unavailable to individuals and are not well centralized. The Certificación de Antecedentes Penales certifies that an individual has no prior convictions.
  • Prison records/penal certificates are unavailable to individuals; however state institutions may request a prison record for official purposes for no charge.

In this case, I can still provide all other documents and essentially explain myself at the interview?

 

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On ‎8‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 10:36 AM, Sinead91 said:

Hello all!

 

Soon I will be beginning my K1 visa process (exciting times!!) However, I previously lived in Venezuela. I entered on a tourist visa and began the process of gaining temporary residency. During this process my passport was not with me and the officer in charge had it. Because of the problems in Venezuela, which are ongoing and which were the reason I left in the end (I left in 2016) I am having difficulty obtaining the police certificate. 

 

I have emailed embassies and also the government body in charge of issuing the police certificate (obviously written in Spanish). However, because I was never issued a "cedula" number (again because of the situation in the country....they said there was no plastic to produce the card) it is proving difficult to get some sort of Police Certificate from there.

 

I am in contact with a friend in Venezuela who has told me that I may be able to get a document for $200, which isn't a problem, but if this fails, what else can be done? I'm curious if anyone else has had a previous experience in Venezuela or a different country?

 

Thanks in advance

 

IMHO, $200 is pretty cheap if it's "all inclusive" and done by a lawyer, or someone with a lot of credibility.

 

You'll probably have to sign a Power of Attorney and get it notarized or legalized in your current country.

The actual Police Certificate is free, but there is a small cost to have it apostilled and legalized in Venezuela.

DHL shipments are $35 (minimum) from Venezuela to another country.

 

The biggest issue will be the wait, and praying that the electricity grid doesn't falter during the process.

 

The good thing is that you're starting this part of the process early.  The police certificates from Venezuela are valid for 6 months, FYI.

 


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6 minutes ago, TandClaudia said:

 

IMHO, $200 is pretty cheap if it's "all inclusive" and done by a lawyer, or someone with a lot of credibility.

 

You'll probably have to sign a Power of Attorney and get it notarized or legalized in your current country.

The actual Police Certificate is free, but there is a small cost to have it apostilled and legalized in Venezuela.

DHL shipments are $35 (minimum) from Venezuela to another country.

 

The biggest issue will be the wait, and praying that the electricity grid doesn't falter during the process.

 

The good thing is that you're starting this part of the process early.  The police certificates from Venezuela are valid for 6 months, FYI.

 

Thanks very much for your response. 

 

Exactly because I know how the situation is there currently, I prefer to grt this done in advance, at least so that I can prove I have applied and gone to all lengths for it. 

 

I have a number of friends still there who are actively helping me too. 

 

Thank you again for your response 

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