What is a police certificate

what is a police certificate

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Police Certificates

Police certificates are required for each visa applicant aged 16 years or older. Present and former residents of the United States should NOT obtain any police certificates covering their residence in the U.S.

Please note that these police certificates are required only if you are getting an immigrant visa or other nonimmigrant visa such as K, V. They are NOT required if you are doing an Adjustment of Status (I-485) within the U.S.

Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant's residence in a given area. The term "police certificate" means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, the reasons for the arrests, and the disposition of each case of which there is a record. Police certificates from certain countries are considered unobtainable.

In some cases, there may be specific Police Certificate Request forms that must be submitted in order to properly request and obtain the applicable Police Certificate(s) based on the applicant's residence history.

The table below shows how many police certificates are

required based on where each applicant lives and has lived previously.

IF the applicant is living in their country of nationality at their current residence for more than 6 months

AND is 16 years old or older

THEN the applicant needs a police certificate from the police authorities of that locality.

IF the applicant lived in a different part of their country of nationality for more than 6 months

AND was 16 years or older at that time

THEN the applicant needs a police certificate from the police authorities of that locality.

IF the applicant lived in a different country for more than 12 months

AND was 16 years or older at that time

THEN the applicant needs a police certificate from the police authorities of that locality.

IF the applicant was arrested for any reason, regardless of how long they lived there

AND was any age at that time

THEN the applicant needs a police certificate from the police authorities of that locality.

Please look at the Reciprocity by Country to see the country specific police certificate availabilitiy.

Source: www.immihelp.com

Category: Insurance

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