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Hi All,

I am applying for my PR and will need to submit police clearance certificates for myself and my spouse for all the countries we have lived in the past 10 years. My wife was in USA for about 15 months in the last 10 years.

I have a few queries in this regard.
1) Could you let me know the procedure for obtaining USA police clearance living in Australia?
2) What are the costs associated with it?
3) How much time would it take to get the PCC?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you!
 

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You need 1 for the USA if a non-Resident (never had US PR or Citizenship)
1. From the FBI

This is slow (3-4 months).

You need 2 for the USA if Resident (had US PR or Citizenship and continue residency there).

1. From local State/City PD
2. From the FBI

1. is fast (within 2-3 weeks)
2. is slow (can take 3-4 months)

So here is what you do:

1. Get the fingerprint cards (1 or 2 sets) from the FBI website.
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/standard-fingerprint-form-fd-258
2. Go to the local AU police station with the card(s) and the stamped (postage attached) envelope(s) as the AU police station will mail out the card(s) in the envelope(s) to the US police Dept. and FBI
3. Get fingerprint set(s) done at the AU police station ($40/set when I did it in 2006). Local closest one is fine, even on a Saturday
4. Have AU Police send the envelopes

The addresses for the FBI and the PD for each state are on form 47P:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/character-penal.pdf

I know there is a fee for the FBI check, but can't find the current information, please hunt around the website or call the FBI.

Hi All,

I am applying for my PR and will need to submit police clearance certificates for myself and my spouse for all the countries we have lived in the past 10 years. My wife was in USA for about 15 months in the last 10 years.

I have a few queries in this regard.
1) Could you let me know the procedure for obtaining USA police clearance living in Australia?
2) What are the costs associated with it?
3) How much time would it take to get the PCC?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you!
 

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You need 1 for the USA if a non-Resident (never had US PR or Citizenship)
1. From the FBI

This is slow (3-4 months).

You need 2 for the USA if Resident (had US PR or Citizenship and continue residency there).

1. From local State/City PD
2. From the FBI

1. is fast (within 2-3 weeks)
2. is slow (can take 3-4 months)

So here is what you do:

1. Get the fingerprint cards (1 or 2 sets) from the FBI website.
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks/standard-fingerprint-form-fd-258
2. Go to the local AU police station with the card(s) and the stamped (postage attached) envelope(s) as the AU police station will mail out the card(s) in the envelope(s) to the US police Dept. and FBI
3. Get fingerprint set(s) done at the AU police station ($40/set when I did it in 2006). Local closest one is fine, even on a Saturday
4. Have AU Police send the envelopes

The addresses for the FBI and the PD for each state are on form 47P:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/character-penal.pdf

I know there is a fee for the FBI check, but can't find the current information, please hunt around the website or call the FBI.

Thanks Aslam. My wife is a non-resident. Looks like it will take long to get the clearance from FBI. I will need to lodge my application before 29th May owing to IELTS validity. This is an RSMS visa and my employer has got the initial approval from the regional council. Can I go ahead with lodging my application and submit the PCC at a later point?
 

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Yes, you can submit your application and PCCs and Medicals can be submitted later.



Thanks Aslam. My wife is a non-resident. Looks like it will take long to get the clearance from FBI. I will need to lodge my application before 29th May owing to IELTS validity. This is an RSMS visa and my employer has got the initial approval from the regional council. Can I go ahead with lodging my application and submit the PCC at a later point?
 

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I think Amaslam has covered most of your questions but a couple a things.
the cost for FBI check is $18 per person.
In addition, these days its not taking more than 3-4 weeks to get it. i know that because i did it for myself recently.

Hi All,

I am applying for my PR and will need to submit police clearance certificates for myself and my spouse for all the countries we have lived in the past 10 years. My wife was in USA for about 15 months in the last 10 years.

I have a few queries in this regard.
1) Could you let me know the procedure for obtaining USA police clearance living in Australia?
2) What are the costs associated with it?
3) How much time would it take to get the PCC?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you!
 

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Thanks for the timing update. Last year I was reading for several people it was taking 3-4 months and also when I did it in 2006 it also took 4 months. They must've gotten their act together.

I think Amaslam has covered most of your questions but a couple a things.
the cost for FBI check is $18 per person.
In addition, these days its not taking more than 3-4 weeks to get it. i know that because i did it for myself recently.
 

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Hi All,

Here is the most recent procedure for the USA police clearance:
1) Get finger print cards from the FBI website. (refer to Aslam's post).
2) Go to the local police station and get the finger prints done. They charged me $25.5. I requested for 2 sets but they did not charge me anything extra.
3) Include credit card form (18USD) (the form is available in the FBI website) and identity proof.
4) The local police station told us that we need to post it ourselves.
5) We included a return envelope with postage paid and posted it to FBI.

Waiting for the PCC!
 

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Hi All,

Here is the most recent procedure for the USA police clearance:
1) Get finger print cards from the FBI website. (refer to Aslam's post).
2) Go to the local police station and get the finger prints done. They charged me $25.5. I requested for 2 sets but they did not charge me anything extra.
3) Include credit card form (18USD) (the form is available in the FBI website) and identity proof.
4) The local police station told us that we need to post it ourselves.
5) We included a return envelope with postage paid and posted it to FBI.

Waiting for the PCC!

Hi,
I just got mine recently. It took 1 month to get our results back. The date on the letter shows 2 weeks after they received our request. So It took around 2 weeks to send it to Canada (where I live now). It is better if you open a FEDEX account if can't get USA stamp in a country you live now.
 

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I think Amaslam has covered most of your questions but a couple a things.
the cost for FBI check is $18 per person.
In addition, these days its not taking more than 3-4 weeks to get it. i know that because i did it for myself recently.
Could you please enlighten me based on your experiences?
My finger prints and $18 have been received by FBI on 28th July.
When could we expect them back? We have given India address to send them back.
I have until 15th August to send it to CO (this date set by case officer).
 

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Hi,
I just got mine recently. It took 1 month to get our results back. The date on the letter shows 2 weeks after they received our request. So It took around 2 weeks to send it to Canada (where I live now). It is better if you open a FEDEX account if can't get USA stamp in a country you live now.

Hi,

Is it required for the local police station to give us the fingerprinted cards in "sealed and signed" envelopes?
 

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Hi Jameswah,
Sorry for replying your question too long. I'm on vacation right now.
In Canada, they gave us our fingerprinted cards and we're the one who send it to FBI. The envelopes wasn't sealed, we can open it.
 

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Hi,

Is it required for the local police station to give us the fingerprinted cards in "sealed and signed" envelopes?
Hi Jameswah,

Local police station would just give you signed fingerprint cards. They need not be sealed. You can send the cards along with the other information to FBI. There is no need to provide return stamp :). FBI has sent back our return stamp along with the PCC. Hope this helps.
 

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Could you please enlighten me based on your experiences?
My finger prints and $18 have been received by FBI on 28th July.
When could we expect them back? We have given India address to send them back.
I have until 15th August to send it to CO (this date set by case officer).

Based on my experience, it took us 6 weeks to receive the PCC once FBI has received our request. You might want to notify the CO that the request is in process.
 

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Hi Jameswah,

Local police station would just give you signed fingerprint cards. They need not be sealed. You can send the cards along with the other information to FBI. There is no need to provide return stamp :). FBI has sent back our return stamp along with the PCC. Hope this helps.
Thanks. It really helps.
But I guess if we enclose a return fed ex prepaid, it would speed up the process. I will be sending the fingerprints from UAE.
 

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Based on my experience, it took us 6 weeks to receive the PCC once FBI has received our request. You might want to notify the CO that the request is in process.
Good morning/afternoon/evening,

My Fingerprint cards were delivered on 28th July. I had mentioned that we had a deadline of 19th August (28 days set by CO).

EVERYTHING ELSE is sent to CO. Waiting for the damn results from FBI. How long does the first class mail to OVERSEAS (India) take? I requested FBI to send the results via first class mail. Thanks Cross.
 

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Good morning/afternoon/evening,

My Fingerprint cards were delivered on 28th July. I had mentioned that we had a deadline of 19th August (28 days set by CO).

EVERYTHING ELSE is sent to CO. Waiting for the damn results from FBI. How long does the first class mail to OVERSEAS (India) take? I requested FBI to send the results via first class mail. Thanks Cross.
First class mail takes around 10 business days. You could have sent a prepaid courier envelope with tracking fedex DHL etc. FBI is currently taking 45 days for the certificate. I got mine last week for NZ residency application.
 

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First class mail takes around 10 business days. You could have sent a prepaid courier envelope with tracking fedex DHL etc. FBI is currently taking 45 days for the certificate. I got mine last week for NZ residency application.
Thanks much!
That is about 6 weeks? I had placed a letter requesting to expedite - I enclosed the letter from Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

The 6 weeks is from the date of FBI getting them? Anyone else could share their time duration take by FBI. Thanks again!
 
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