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    Default Police Clearance document

    Hi All,

    Regarding the police doc that you require. Obviously you need one from your home country and then they also state you need one from each and every country that you stayed in for more than a year.

    My question is:

    More than a year meaning at one go or more than a year time spent in a country.


    Any help would be appreciated?

    thanks,
    Werner

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    Post It means....hmmm

    Great question.. humm I'd guess more than 1 total year, but to be sure, you might want to call NZ immigrations in Wellington.

    If you need an FBI check for the USA, it took me 3 weeks to get mine back, but I also requested in writing that it be expedited in addition to giving the FBI a pre-paid FED EX return envelope as a 'hint' to speed it up. I took the advice of a FBI receptionist at their West Virginia Crime Lab where the FBI check takes place.

    I hear that Scotland Yard (UK) takes forever as in 2-3 months to get a police check back! eeeesh...

    I give credit to the FBI for the speediness of their response!


    John
    Last edited by skibumwa; 20th June 2007 at 03:32 PM. Reason: submitted by accident the 1st time :)

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    Sure i understand that what i am asking is say you went to UK for 10months then returned to your home country for 1month and then went back to UK for 8months, does this count as staying in UK for more than 1year?

    cheers,
    Werner

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    Goeiedag!
    I would think that it applies to the total amount of time spent in the particular country, and not the duration of continuous stay only. I would suggest that in the example that you cite a police certificate would be required.

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    Thanks!

    What i heard was that when you return to your country and spent less time there than previously in foreign country and then going back again then if the total amount in that particular country exceeds 1year the you need one yes.

    You from PE??? Me to, being in Auckland for 5weeks now.

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    I've been working on this as well. Spent 16 months in the UK as a student, so seems I need this:

    http://www.met.police.uk/dataprotection/forms/3019b.pdf

    from them:

    http://www.met.police.uk/dataprotection/forms.htm

    and as a US citizen I also need this:

    http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm

    Now I'm trying to figure out:

    1. Where I should go in NZ to get fingerprints done

    and

    2. If I also need something called a police clearance certificate from the US in addition to the FBI background check.

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    Default FBI background checks

    The FBI background check is all you need for the USA. Go to any police dept, get fingerprinted and they give you the fingerprint form to send to the FBI.

    All police departments (city and state police depts) nationwide share their info with the FBI. $18 and a few weeks is all should take!



    Quote Originally Posted by suzer View Post
    I've been working on this as well. Spent 16 months in the UK as a student, so seems I need this:

    http://www.met.police.uk/dataprotection/forms/3019b.pdf

    from them:

    http://www.met.police.uk/dataprotection/forms.htm

    and as a US citizen I also need this:

    http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm

    Now I'm trying to figure out:

    1. Where I should go in NZ to get fingerprints done

    and

    2. If I also need something called a police clearance certificate from the US in addition to the FBI background check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skibumwa View Post
    The FBI background check is all you need for the USA. Go to any police dept, get fingerprinted and they give you the fingerprint form to send to the FBI.

    All police departments (city and state police depts) nationwide share their info with the FBI. $18 and a few weeks is all should take!
    Sorry should have said I'm doing this for Australia, not NZ...so not sure if I need both or just the FBI check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzer View Post
    Sorry should have said I'm doing this for Australia, not NZ...so not sure if I need both or just the FBI check.
    And yep just rang Aus immigration/visa info...you need both the FBI check and clearance from your local police in the US.

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    Getting FBI clearance takes a long time (2 months I think) if you are applying from overseas

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