Let's say a sibling I-130 petition of some beneficiary, in some foreign country, was approved. If I understand the process correctly, each (successful) application moves from USCIS, then to National Visa Center (NVC), then finally to consular processing. Is it true that, due to the enormous time lag, for some petition categories, between the initial approval of the petition by the USCIS and consular processing---waiting for priority dates to become current---two police certificate have to be requested, one for when NVC receives the application from USCIS, and another one for when the local consulate receives the application from NVC for consular processing?
it depends on the country. Some Police Certificates ar evalid for a year some for 90 days. These are not submitted until just before the consular interview to NVC for most countries. There is a lot of variance in consular requirements.
Lynne R. Feldman, Attorney at Law
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Once the I-130 is approved the file is transferred to the National Visa Center for further processing. You will receive notification that the case has been transferred and a case number. However, unless the priority date is current there will be no further processing. It is important to apprise the National Visa Center of any changes in contact information. Once the priority date becomes current, the beneficiary will be asked to complete the visa application and submit supporting evidence such as police clearances. There are times the beneficiary has to obtain a second police clearance depending upon the validity of the document.
Even if it might not be the rule, it is definitely plausible to anticipate that a police certificate would expire prior to the file being received at the NVC. It is the applicant's responsibility to maintain a current certificate on file. Here are two links (one from Canada and one from Australia) on how to obtain police certificates in most of the countries.
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