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Countries A to F

Police clearances for countries A to F

Obtaining Police Clearances - countries A to F

Australia

If you have resided in Australia for any length of time you will have to obtain a Police clearance when applying for a residency visa.

Complete Form 1101 and post to:

The Australian Federal Police
Locked Bag no. 1
Weston
ACT 2611

Include a checque or Postal Order for AU$ 36. It takes about 30 days for the result. Local Police clearances are not acceptable - you have to obtain it from the Federal Police!

Belgium

You have to go the local police station of the place where you last resided for more than 6 months and ask for a "proof of good behaviour and morals" ("Bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden"). Secondly you have to send a letter to the Department of Justice asking for two excerpts from the penal records ("Uittreksel van het Strafregister"). The address for this is:

Ministerie van Justitie
Strafregister
115, Boulevard de Waterloo
1000 Brussel

Include your name and address, place and date of birth, and ask for two excerpts from the penal record intended for your immigration visa process for Australia. They'll send two copies of your (hopefully) empty ("blanco") penal record.


Brazil

From a newsgroup regular : "My experience is in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, but I believe it is the same for all states. To get the certificate, you must go to the Secretaria De Seguranca Publica ("Public Safety Office"), taking your ID ("Carteira de Identidade") with you. You don't have to pay any fees to get the certificate. It is VERY important that you state clearly to the clerk that the certificate is for Visa purposes, because it will differ from the "regular" certificate (that you need for jobs, for instance). You will have to get it signed by the Delegado ("sheriff") at the place, and then you'll have to get his signature notarized ("reconhecer firma"). Since you need the signature of a "delegado", I don't think you can use the "express" offices in Brazil that give documents faster. I took the consulate letter with me (the one addressed to the Police, explaining why you need the certificate), but it wasn't needed. You can get the certificate on the same day.


Canada

If you are currently living in Canada, you can just go to the RCMP in your area and request the record search. You do not have to go for fingerprinting at the local police department. You only do this if and when the RCMP requests that you do.

Normally the RCMP will only use the name you supply. If you have used more than one name, i.e. maiden names, request a search for both names. This check will take from ten minutes to 24 hours. There is not cost involved.

- Please note this is not the fingerprint background check that takes 60 days.

The RCMP in Ottawa currently requires the applicant to have fingerprints done. There is a charge for the prints and the results can take five days to over five weeks to be returned to the applicant.

For the military records you should be able to get a "record of postings" that shows your rank, when and where you were posted. It's a sheet that lists all of the info from the time you entered the military until the time you left and your status upon leaving. You can call DND and ask them for a copy of your records for immigration purposes.

If you've been out of the armed forces for more than three years, you'll have to contact the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa for your records. Processing time of 2-3 weeks.

The web site of the Canadian Criminal Records Information Services gives all the information you need:
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Police Certificate applicants who resides in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, or Halifax/Dartmouth should contact the International Fingerprint Service Canada at locations where applications and waivers are available.

Applicants not residing in these areas should obtain a set of fingerprints from a local police agency, complete an application/waiver form, forward original fingerprints, the application/waiver, and a certified cheque or money order to International Fingerprinting Services Canada Ltd. Fee is CAD$5.00.

From a newsgroup regular: "To obtain a police certificate in Ottawa, Canada from the RCMP, a fingerprint check is not required. The same process applies in Ottawa as for the rest of the country.

I think there has been some confusion about this as the RCMP lists several divisions in the Ottawa directory, among these the "Civil Fingerprint Screening Services" for "visas-passports-permits". This is *NOT* the place to go to obtain a police certificate for a K-1 visa. A check-based, rather than fingerprint-based certificate is available at the following office:

RCMP Operations Centre
155 McArthur Road
Ottawa ON
Tel. 613-993-8887

Hours of operation are 9 to 3 Mon-Thurs and 9 to 2:30 on Friday. You are required to bring $25 cash, as well as two pieces of ID, one must bear your photo. The process takes about 20 minutes, and they give you two originals of your certificate."

Another newsgroup regular (quoted from their Web site) : "In Canada the ONLY certificate accepted is the one issued by the RCMP. It covers the whole country, so there is no need to obtain various certificates from the different Canadian cities you might have lived in. You ought to be able to obtain this on a walk-in basis from the RCMP Detachment nearest your place of residence and there is no charge for it. The form you will be given is called a Canadian Police Certificate for visa application/foreign travel/foreign work permit. It is basically a computer record check and does not require fingerprinting.

Where do you go? Well in Montreal you DO NOT go to the RCMP office at 4225 Dorchester West in Westmount. Apparently they used to do these certificates there, but they have since rented out an office in a building about 2 minutes away from the main RCMP office.

The address is:
4060 Ste-Catherine West Suite 525 (Identification Canada)
Phone number: 514-934-2244
"no appointments necessary"

Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm. Get this, they're even open on Saturdays 10am to 2pm! The building is right across the street from Alexis-Nihon Plaza and the Atwater Metro stop.

The following services are available:

  • RCMP Police Certificate
  • Fingerprinting
  • Pardon Application
  • U.S. Waiver

The police certificate costs $30 and $5 for each additional official copy if you want more than 1 (includes taxes). I'm pretty sure that's the cost for all services, but I don't remember for sure. Not sure if they take credit cards either.

Once at the office you feel out a one page form with general information about yourself. They also require two pieces of identification (my drivers license and medicare card was fine). They also take your photo with a digital camera. Once you've filled out the form you pay your $30. You get a receipt and are told to come back any time the following day to pick up the results.

The next day I picked up the half-page sized yellow sheet that contains: Your name, address, birth date. The name and signature of the issuing officer. and a statement that reads:

"This certifies that a search, based on the above name and date of birth, failed to disclose any such person with a record of criminal convictions in the national repository for the criminal records in Canada. ("Search not confirmed by fingerprints")

The certificate also says: "Canadian police certificate for visa applicants/foreign travel/foreign work permits".

In addition, they colour (I'm not american yet so it's still coloUr to me!) print your photo on the back of the certificate.

I tried to provide all the details for everybody's knowledge. This was my experience in Montreal, though I'm sure the process is similar elsewhere in Canada.


China

More on this soon...


Egypt

People living in Egypt should apply to: Ministry of Interior, Department of Criminal Investigation, Cairo. (or your local police station.)

Former residents should apply in person to the nearest Egyptian Embassy or Consulate.


France

The police certificate is called "Extrait de Casier Judiciaire". Call the nearest police station for more information.

According to the Web site of the French Department of Justice ( http://www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr ), there are two ways to obtain your police clearance:

  • On line with "Minitel" at: 3615 CJN (FF0.37/min) - delivery in one week;
  • By mail to: Casier Judiciare National, 44079 Nantes Cedex 1, stating your last name, first names, date and place of birth, address where you want it to be sent - delivery in two weeks. -
  • The Police clearance can be asked on line by people born in France or in an overseas department (DOM) at http://www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr - delivery in a few days.

For the army certificate, write to the local "Bureau du Service National" and ask for "Etat Signaletique et des Services", providing social security number, name, date and place of birth and, if possible, the military ID number ("matricule").


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