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On 8/1/2017 at 2:10 AM, geowrian said:

I recall others seeing this as well. Unfortunately I don't have much information on how that embassy works, but embassies do have their own rules that can differ from the DOS guidelines. I'd say go by what it says in packet 3 (that screenshot) as that's from the embassy and they are the ones issuing the visa and the ones that will request/review the police certificates.


Was she living in that country for over 12 months? You can live in a foreign country and still only visit other countries (or your home country). For instance, my fiancee is Filipino but worked in KSA for several years. She visited PI a couple times throughout the year, but her residence remained in KSA (until her contract ended and she moved back to Philippines). While she never spent over 12 months consecutively in KSA (or even 6 consecutive months), she did "live" there for over 12 months.

Please can you tell me if i need a police certificate, i stayed in Qatar for an overall period of 11 months only on a working visa ( i didn't have a resident status though), the problem is the Qatari authorities don't deliever PCC for visa holders, what's the solution in this case please?

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On 7/31/2017 at 1:28 PM, geowrian said:

It's anywhere she has lived for 6 months or longer, actually. If any single trip was at least 6 months, or she had residency there for at least 6 months, then they may require the police certificates.


"Police certificates from your present country of residence and all countries where you have lived for six months or more since age 16 (Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older) "



7 hours ago, Djamel said:

Please can you tell me if i need a police certificate, i stayed in Qatar for an overall period of 11 months only on a working visa ( i didn't have a resident status though), the problem is the Qatari authorities don't deliever PCC for visa holders, what's the solution in this case please?

Follow what @geowrian stated but you have a situation that you only need to produce the page that states yiu can't get a pcc if you are not in country to receive. 

Police Certificates


Fees:  10 Qatari Riyals for residents.  10 U.S. dollars for nonresidents to be paid in dollars or riyals.  (From inside the country QAR 10 From outside the country USD 10)

Document Name:           

وسلوك  سيرة حسن شهادة

Issuing Authority:           

Ministry of Interior Qatar

General Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Criminal Evidence and Information Department
P.O. Box 23004
Salwa Road, Exit 15
Doha, Qatar

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  A4-size paper carrying State of Qatar, Ministry of Interior seal as a watermark in Arabic with colored Ministry of Interior insignia on the top center of the document.  The applicant’s photograph is on the upper left corner with a Ministry Of Interior General Directorate of Criminal Investigation criminal evidence and Information Department wet seal on top of the photograph.  A similar seal is also placed on top of the signing authority’s name and signature.  The certificate carries information in Arabic and English.  It is not necessary to notarize the certificate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Director of Criminal Evidence and Information Department

Registration Criteria:  Any current or former resident may apply.  The applicant’s first entry date and last exit date in Qatar is required.

Procedure for Obtaining:   Residents of Qatar can apply by visiting the Office of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigations in person.  Former residents now living outside Qatar can apply via mail by including a return envelope and a processing fee of 10 U.S. dollars in cash.  They may also ask a friend or relative to act on their behalf by applying in person and paying the in-person processing fee of 10 Qatari Riyals.  Details on the application procedure are available at the Ministry of Interior’s website at moi.gov.qa

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  Applicants are required to submit evidence of their legal stay in Qatar.  If someone is unable to provide evidence or details of his/her entry into or exit from Qatar, that applicant is required to visit the Directorate of Expatriate Affairs at the Ministry of Interior to get a certificate of entry/exit record.  

Comments:  For residents, it can take up to two weeks to issue a certificate.  For applicants from outside Qatar, it can take one month or longer.  The certificate is valid for six months from the date of issuance.


Here is someone else's experience. 



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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

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TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

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Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

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

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

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