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    Has anyone on the forum completed an RCMP police check in Canada?

    Could you share your experiences? It seems there is no formal application form to send in, and that you simply send in a written request along with a set of fingerprints and the processing fee. Is this correct?

    It says it takes 11 weeks to process if done by mail, did it take around this long, or shorter/longer for those that did this?

  • #2
    Originally posted by josh000 View Post
    Has anyone on the forum completed an RCMP police check in Canada?

    Could you share your experiences? It seems there is no formal application form to send in, and that you simply send in a written request along with a set of fingerprints and the processing fee. Is this correct?

    It says it takes 11 weeks to process if done by mail, did it take around this long, or shorter/longer for those that did this?
    11 weeks? Are canadian administration that slow? I know the imigration administration is very slow in canada, can take up to 6 years to have the residency
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jayo2k View Post
      11 weeks? Are canadian administration that slow? I know the immigration administration is very slow in canada, can take up to 6 years to have the residency
      Unfortunately that is what it says on the website for requests sent by mail. I am looking in to doing it electronically which takes 3 days, but fear the cost.

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      • #4
        take a look into these links

        forums.immigration.com/showthread.php?289135-DV-2009-Experience
        usvisa.com/policecertificates.shtml

        I think it is fast, and only takes 1 or 2 week if you go to RCMP not local police office. There is no need to take your finger prints if there is no record on their system.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by haj123 View Post
          take a look into these links

          forums.immigration.com/showthread.php?289135-DV-2009-Experience
          usvisa.com/policecertificates.shtml

          I think it is fast, and only takes 1 or 2 week if you go to RCMP not local police office. There is no need to take your finger prints if there is no record on their system.
          Well, that seems awesome! It doesn't jive with what I found on the RCMP site however

          The reciprocity by country page states I need a Certified Criminal Record Check or a check from my local police. As the Montreal police don't do such checks and refer me to a private company, I would rather go with the RCMP.

          On the webpage though: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm

          It says: "To conduct a criminal record check we require a full set of fingerprints, including both rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers."

          On the page for processing times: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/time-temps-eng.htm It says it takes 4 weeks.

          On the page for checking status: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/app-dem-eng.htm it says:

          "Criminal record check - 11 weeks if your fingerprints were submitted by mail and your submission does not match to an RCMP fingerprint holding"

          So, I don't have high hopes. Will try and call them and ask directly I guess.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by josh000 View Post
            Well, that seems awesome! It doesn't jive with what I found on the RCMP site however

            The reciprocity by country page states I need a Certified Criminal Record Check or a check from my local police. As the Montreal police don't do such checks and refer me to a private company, I would rather go with the RCMP.

            On the webpage though: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fing-empr2-eng.htm

            It says: "To conduct a criminal record check we require a full set of fingerprints, including both rolled and flat impressions of all ten fingers."

            On the page for processing times: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/time-temps-eng.htm It says it takes 4 weeks.

            On the page for checking status: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/app-dem-eng.htm it says:

            "Criminal record check - 11 weeks if your fingerprints were submitted by mail and your submission does not match to an RCMP fingerprint holding"

            So, I don't have high hopes. Will try and call them and ask directly I guess.
            Just go to your local police station. They processed my check without any fingerprints and it took about 2 weeks.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by John Locke View Post
              Just go to your local police station. They processed my check without any fingerprints and it took about 2 weeks.
              In Montreal they don't do police checks and refer people to a private company. I feel like that could cause problems and it would be better to go with an RCMP check?

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              • #8
                There are two types of police certificate in Canada .... For US immigiration we need "name checked based" one. The finger print one is the one that takes 4 or 8 weeks and it is for Canada immigration.

                immihelp.com/immigration/police-certificates.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by haj123 View Post
                  There are two types of police certificate in Canada .... For US immigiration we need "name checked based" one. The finger print one is the one that takes 4 or 8 weeks and it is for Canada immigration.

                  immihelp.com/immigration/police-certificates.html
                  Why are the two types not listed on the RCMP website? The only check they list states fingerprints are required. I kind of want to go by the RCMP website other than a third party source, although I'm kind of confused at the moment.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by josh000 View Post
                    Why are the two types not listed on the RCMP website? The only check they list states fingerprints are required. I kind of want to go by the RCMP website other than a third party source, although I'm kind of confused at the moment.
                    We did our Canadan police record checks electronically through a private company. This is the best way, although expensive, as it takes only 3 days to complete the check. You must have name & fingerprint check for DV visa interview. Name check only is not good enough.

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                    • #11
                      I did my police checks in Canada. I advise you to do digital fingerprinting through private company. Even though US consulate should accept name check their web site also states that they might request fingerprint based criminal check. I used these guys http://www.fingerprinting.ca/. They take digital fingerprints and submit them electronically to RCMP. I received my criminal check in mail within 2 weeks. I think the cost was around 80 bucks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sympli Dusty View Post
                        I did my police checks in Canada. I advise you to do digital fingerprinting through private company. Even though US consulate should accept name check their web site also states that they might request fingerprint based criminal check. I used these guys http://www.fingerprinting.ca/. They take digital fingerprints and submit them electronically to RCMP. I received my criminal check in mail within 2 weeks. I think the cost was around 80 bucks.

                        http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/fee...?cid=9013#docs

                        Inside Canada: Applicants who are physically present in Canada should contact their local police service or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) office regarding criminal record check procedures. Applicants may obtain a certificate of no conviction issued by any Canadian police service so long as it notes that Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or the national criminal records repository was searched using the applicant's name and date of birth. Applicants should ensure that the search includes all names that they have previously used, including maiden names, prior married names, or names used before Canadian naturalization. (Note: Because records checks based on name and date of birth only are sometimes less thorough than those based on fingerprints, U.S. diplomatic offices reserve the right to request that certain applicants obtain fingerprint-based searches from the RCMP.)

                        This didn't happen to me. They were happy with the fairly basic check done by the RCMP in British Columbia. Quebec may have a way of making it more complicated but I would've assumed it's a nationwide procedure.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by John Locke View Post
                          This didn't happen to me. They were happy with the fairly basic check done by the RCMP in British Columbia. Quebec may have a way of making it more complicated but I would've assumed it's a nationwide procedure.
                          I've just been going by the RCMP website, which doesn't list anything about a basic check. I'll ring them and ask, I haven't had the best luck with them in the past.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by John Locke View Post

                            This didn't happen to me. They were happy with the fairly basic check done by the RCMP in British Columbia. Quebec may have a way of making it more complicated but I would've assumed it's a nationwide procedure.
                            I am going to do this in next week in Vancouver.
                            Could you please let me know which office you went to in Vancouver? Also the fee? and processing time?

                            Thanks,

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                            • #15
                              An electronic fingerprint check takes 3 days and costs $70.....probably the best option.

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