Indian Police Clearance Certificate – Embassy PCC

Indian police clearance certificate - PCC from Indian Embassy. Immigrate to Australia, Canada. Processing time 4 day - 6 week. Fees USD 27. Valid Visa, Address Proof, Passport.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20

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You can get an Indian police clearance certificate when you are staying in USA, UK, Canada or any other country from Indian Embassy.

Police clearance might be required for Visa or immigration to countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand including USA green card interview.

If you are living in India, then the process is different and you need to apply PCC on Passport India Website.

Documents for Indian PCC

  1. Original Passport – Most recent and valid.
  2. USA Residence Address proof – Self attested (Notary for SFO)- Check valid acceptable US address proof here.
  3. Photocopy of passport pages containing personal particulars (first three and last two pages) – Self attested.
  4. Copy of valid Visa/Green Card – Self Attested (Notary for SFO).
  5. Indian Embassy Miscellaneous services form.
  6. Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago Indian Embassy in Chicago and SFO also require an extra form with name ‘Personal Particular Form’.

Validity of Indian Police Clearance

There is NO expiry date mentioned on the Indian police clearance issued by Indian consulate.

The common guideline is that it is valid indefinitely for the purpose of submitting for USA Green card interview and other country’s immigration.

The only exception is that you should have NOT moved back to INDIA and stayed there for 6 months or more. If you have gone back to India after the issuance of the last Indian PCC, and stayed there for more than 6 months (182 days), then you need to get a NEW Police clearance certificate.

Indian PCC Processing Time

If your most recent Indian passport was issued in USA (any consulate) or an Indian Embassy in the country where you are currently residing, the PCC is issued within 4-5 days by mail.

Indian Embassy will issue the PCC immediately on same day if you visit in person and your passport was issued by that embassy.

If your most recent Indian passport was issued in India, embassy sends police verification request to Indian RPO (regional passport office). It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the whole process.

Sample Miscellaneous Services Form

Download Misc Services Form form your specific India Embassy Website.

Residing in USAHouston- TX , New York City- NY, Chicago- IL, San Francisco- CA, Atlanta- GA

Residing in AustraliaVFS global handles Indian police clearance certificate

Use Sample Police clearance certificate India application form for Indian Embassy in Houston, TX, USA. The information required is same except the format.

Indian PCC in USA Indian embassy application form
Indian PCC in USA Indian embassy application form

Indian PCC Fees in USA

Indian PCC Fees is USD 27 ($25 + $2) per person.

TOTAL = $25 + 2 + 20 = 47 (Get 3 separate checks).

Payment by Certified check or Money order is acceptable drawn in favor of “Consulate General of India“, if sending application by postal mail.

Cash is also accepted if visiting embassy in-person.Personal checks, Debit cards and Credit cards are not accepted.

Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago

Here are answers to common confusing fields on this form:

#1 – Q 8(A) Permanent Address & Tel. No. along with Police Station.

Your Indian Address with the Police Station name that caters to your Home Address location when you were residing there.

#2 – Q 8 (b) Present Residential Address & Tel. No, along with Police Station and residing since

You can either give your Parent’s/or your same 8(a) address.

#3 – Q 9. If you have not been resident at the address given at COLUMN 8(b) continuously for the last one year, please furnish other address(es) with duration(s) resided (Please furnish an additional set of PP Forms for each address with Police station.

Write your US address

#4 – Q 10. References: Names and Addresses of two responsible persons in the applicant’s locality who can vouch for the applicant. Write any two neighbors/relative address from India residing near your Indian address you wrote in point 8(A).

NOTE: Embassy is only concerned with Indian addresses and their police stations. Remember, this PCC is only for your stay in India and not for US.

NOTE: US police station information is NOT required. Whatever Police station was attached to your locality in your Indian residence time is what is needed.

Indian PCC Process

#1 Fill Miscellaneous Services Form

#2 Collect Fees

If sending by mail, an extra payment of $20 is required for return shipping. No email or soft copy is sent by embassy.

Some Indian Embassy just require you to send the return envelope instead of money. Check the website before sending money or envelope.

#3 Fill Personal Particulars Form – SFO, Chicago

#4 Package and Send by mail

#5 Keep Original passport with forms and send them to Indian embassy by mail.

No prepaid return envelopes are required by Houston Indian Embassy. Embassy will take care of it.

But some embassy like NY require you to send ‘Return Envelope’, in which case, get an envelope from USPS, UPS or Fedex (your choice) and buy their shipping label address to you.

Paste the label on packet and put it in your sender envelope along with other documents.

#6 Your original passport will be returned with your police certificate.

Sample Indian PCC

Issued by Indian Embassy in Houston, USA

Sample Indian PCC from Indian Embassy
Sample Indian PCC from Indian Embassy

You can apply Indian PCC at your local district police station If you are not a citizen of India AND you live in India.

Indian PCC is required for Canadian Express Entry process. Indian PCC is required for Australia PR.

Character Certificate vs Police Certificate

Character Certificate is not same as police certificate. You need police clearance for Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK permanent resident application.

Indian Police Verification at Indian address

Applied for PCC at passport office in INDIA? Police verification may be required.

Applied for PCC at Indian Embassy when staying outside India? If your passport was issued in India, the embassy sends the request to Indian passport office and waits for their response.

There is no physical Police verification done at the Indian address though.

Multiple Applications in One Envelope

You can send multiple fees check and multiple applications in same envelope. Just make sure that you keep the application form and their fees check separately in smaller envelope and then keep these smaller ones in the final bigger envelope.

This is helpful if you are applying PCC for both you and your wife at same time.




Recent discussion on forum

  1. Shauroseni
    Shauroseni

    Hi
    We are applying for PCC from Consulate General of India, Atlanta.

    For the purpose we need to send notarised copy of our VISA page on passport and I-94.

    Our Visa stamp affixed on the passport have expired, but we do have a valid I-797. Should we send that instead of the VISA page?

    Also could someone give us the information of how and where can we notarise these I-94 and I-797 documents?
    Thank you!
    Shauroseni


  2. vivekcheekoti
    vivekcheekoti

    Who has the possession of the passport if you apply for PCC in person? I want to apply through mail but no receipt idea scares me as the passport will be held by the houston consulate.


  3. Anil.Gupta
    Anil.Gupta

    Hi @vivekcheekoti

    If you apply in person, they will return the passport to you then and there after verification.

    There is no need to be scared. You can send the passport by mail to Houston Indian embassy. That’s normal.


  4. Divya
    Divya

    My passport was issued by SF consulate this April and I applied for PCC yesterday at the same consulate.

    There is no same day turnaround for this request considering that passport is issued from the same consulate. Please remove this part from the article.

    I still have to wait a month to receive PCC. Hopefully there are no delays on their part. I need this for Canada immigration and have a deadline of 30 days, I have asked for extension but haven’t heard back yet.

    There is no expedited process for this request. Does any body has experience where it took more than a month to receive PCC? please share.
    Thanks!


  5. Divya
    Divya

    My update- I got my PCC from SF consulate after 30 days. In my case, they sticked to 1 month turnaround time.


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  371 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Abhishek
    Abhishek 5 Dec, 19 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I live in seattle, Washington and submitted my PCC docs at SFO consulate on 2nd Dec 2019. My lates passport was issues at Houston in 2015 but the first one was in india in 2011 when i was 20yrs old.

    As per the officials at consulate they need to send my info to RPO in india which is Hyderabad and get the clearance. As per them there’s no Specific timeline for response. Though I have more than 50 days left on my PR application for Canada, this is making me worry, as per officials they want me to check back after a month.

    Any suggestions/advices?

    Thanks in advance!
    Abhi


  2. arjun
    arjun 10 Jun, 19 at 10:12 am

    Hi,
    My current passport was issued in Dubai, but i am presently in Florida, and so would be applying for PCC at the embassy in Atlanta. Any idea about the timeline in such cases?

    Thanks
    Arjun


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 10 Jun, 19 at 9:53 pm

      4-6 weeks in the standard time for PCC issuance by Indian embassy.


  3. Punit
    Punit 27 May, 19 at 12:35 pm

    Can we get some receipt from the consulate that says they have received our PCC request and are processing it? How do we get such receipt when we apply via mail?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 May, 19 at 4:16 pm

      Indian consulate does not give any receipt if you send the application by mail.


  4. rajendra c shah
    rajendra c shah 25 May, 19 at 1:00 am

    i am an Indian residing in UAE – Dubai since last 30 years. my Indian passport of last twenty years (two Passport) are issued from Dubai but previous were issued from Mumbai, India. Now for my migration to USA i need Police clearance certificate of India. as per process advised i have applied to Dubai Indian consulate through BLS Intl. Consulate forwarded the application to Hometown in India (Ghatkopar, Mumbai), stating they do not have records before 20 years and need to be sent to my homet since 40 year back original passport was issued from India. 40 days passed nothing received till date. upon making status check at Consulate office i was advised that since it is police matter they can not do anything and want me to check with Supretandant of Police of my hometown. But Police stataion of my Hometown area informs they have not received any application.
    are there any means to check or address grievance?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 May, 19 at 6:29 am

      You can try contacting your regional passport office as the Indian consulate sends requests to regional area.


  5. Pooja
    Pooja 16 May, 19 at 10:04 pm

    I have applied from PCC from Indian embassy Tokyo,My Most Recent Passport (Place of issue ) is Tokyo. Already 3 weeks passed and I am not getting any proper response when I receive it, Embassy consulate said that When Regional passport office will approve they will issue. I am not getting why they have sent my case to India as passport was issued by Tokyo. For Pcc -Japan I got it in Just 2 weeks and that too on the day of application they told me that on particular date I can collect it- With very proper answer.Not getting any proper response from India embassy tokyo. Not at all supportive staff.


  6. Jidhun Abraham Yohannan
    Jidhun Abraham Yohannan 8 May, 19 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I currently reside in Dubai, UAE and my passport was issued from Dubai itself. How long it will take for me to get a PCC if i apply for the same from the Indian Embassy in the UAE? which one would be a faster option, applying from UAE or travelling back to India and then apply for it?
    Please advise..


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 5:21 am

      Getting Indian PCC from Indian embassy in UAE should be faster.


      • Jidhun Abraham Yohannan
        Jidhun Abraham Yohannan 9 May, 19 at 7:11 am

        Thank you for your swift response.


  7. Diwakar
    Diwakar 28 Apr, 19 at 5:32 pm

    Can I send combined money order for me and my spouse when applying for PCC ($50 for fees and $4 for ICWF)?
    Also, can I send a single money order for the postal charges for both of us ($20 for postal charge)?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Apr, 19 at 8:33 pm

      Both applications are treated separate. I suggest to send separate checks.


  8. Priya Ahuja
    Priya Ahuja 25 Apr, 19 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am currently in LA and applied for Indian PCC at San Fransisco consulate through mail. Consulate received my envelope on 3/25. It has been 4 weeks (4/25) but I have not received any response.

    https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/pcc-police-clearance-certificate/

    I tried both numbers provided on Consulate website (415)668-0662,(415)668-0683 ext: 148 (timings-2 to 4) but it gets disconnected as soon as it is routed to the extension. Is there any other method through which i can contact the consulate regarding PCC status?
    How long does it usually take for PCC request through email to get through?
    I am starting to get worried as it contains my original passport. May i request your guidance on this. Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Apr, 19 at 4:22 pm

      We are seeing at-least 6 weeks of delays in SFO embassy with issuing Indian PCC. I am part of multiple forums and groups and people have reported that they are waiting for their PCC too.


  9. Siri
    Siri 5 Apr, 19 at 3:39 pm

    Hello, I applied for Canadian PR last week. I now live in USA and I got my Indian PCC when I went to India last year in October. I came back to USA in November (few days after I took my PCC). Today I read somewhere that someone had their application rejected because there was a gap between the time they got their PCC and the time they left India (same as my case). Does anyone have any idea on what I should do now? I appreciate any input on this. Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Apr, 19 at 3:40 pm

      It depends on Canada’s specific requirements for PCC.


      • Siri
        Siri 5 Apr, 19 at 5:09 pm

        Thanks for the reply. Does anyone have any idea on what the Canadian requirements are?


  10. Febin
    Febin 3 Apr, 19 at 8:09 pm

    Hello, would you give me some information to get Police clearance certificate from India, I’m an Indian citizen leaving In Sri Lanka, with Sri Lankan citizens wife, we are applying for Australian Visa they have asked to submit the PCC of every country that we stayed more than 3 months.
    Would you please let me know, How to apply for the Police clearance certificate India in Sri Lanka, without going to India for both of us?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Apr, 19 at 7:15 am

      The process should be same as mentioned above for Indian PCC from Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka.


  11. Anwitha Shetty
    Anwitha Shetty 25 Mar, 19 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am an Indian residing in the US. I need my PCC for Canada PR.
    I had my last US visa stamped in India.

    Will the Indian Embassy here forward my passport to India?

    Also, would any Indian Embassy work for me in the US? I reside in Washington State (Westcoast).

    Could you please elaborate the steps or add any link for me to check?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Mar, 19 at 3:54 pm

      Indian Embassy does not send your passport to India. They just send your information to Indian RPO (regional passport office) for your police verification records.

      You have to choose Indian embassy based on your current US residence address and not by your choice.


      • Anwitha Shetty
        Anwitha Shetty 30 Mar, 19 at 12:08 am

        Hi Anil,

        I appreciate your response.

        Also, Is there a way I can get my PCC by visiting the Indian Embassy in person? If yes, will I receive it on the same day?

        I need to submit my docs at SFO Embassy. Apart from PCC Miscellaneous Services Form & Personal Particulars form, are there any additional forms required to be submitted?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 30 Mar, 19 at 6:20 am

          You can visit Indian embassy in person but there is no guarantee that PCC will be issued the same day.

          Please check the list of documents that are required in above article.


  12. vivek
    vivek 22 Mar, 19 at 10:00 pm

    Hi
    I am an indian..My passport was renewed in Kampala Uganda. Now i am living in Nigerai. I Received ITA from canada on 20th march. I need PCC. I have different address on my passport then my current indian address. what should be timeline for PCC and whether it is advisable to change address and pcc simultaneously.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Mar, 19 at 10:21 pm

      Address in passport does not matter.
      No need to change address for PCC.


  13. Bosun Olaiya
    Bosun Olaiya 12 Mar, 19 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Anil, thanks for this information. I am a non-citizen of India currently residing in the US. I stayed in Indian for 10 months in 2014. There is no information on how non-citizen and non-resident of India like can apply for PCC.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 4:04 pm

      If you are in USA currently, I think you can apply with Indian Embassy.


      • Bosun Olaiya
        Bosun Olaiya 12 Mar, 19 at 4:40 pm

        Many thanks Anil!


  14. Sunny Anand
    Sunny Anand 12 Mar, 19 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Anil, Thanks for your post. I got my India PCC done on Jan 22 from SFO Consulate. I was in USA at that time. I travelled to India later and re-eneterd USA on Feb 16. Do I need to get a new India PCC because of the visit?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 1:14 pm

      New Indian PCC generally depends on the final purpose.
      Usually, you are not required to new Indian PCC if you have not lived in Indian for at-least 6 months.


      • Sunny Anand
        Sunny Anand 12 Mar, 19 at 1:21 pm

        I got my ITA for Canada PR process recently. So I was wondering if this visit for a month back to my home country- India ,would have any impact on India PCC issued before the travel?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Mar, 19 at 1:21 pm

          No impact.


          • Sunny Anand
            Sunny Anand 12 Mar, 19 at 1:21 pm

            Thank you Anil. Will go ahead and upload the PCC.


  15. Ravi
    Ravi 11 Mar, 19 at 11:24 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have applied for PCC in person at SFO embassy on FEB 11th 2019. Agent asked to comeback after 4 weeks to pickup the clearance certificate. There is no way to check the status of application. Do you have any idea how to check the status of application and also the time window to pickup the certificate in person?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Mar, 19 at 12:50 pm

      There is no online status check or tracking available for Indian PCC application. You can just call the embassy to check the status.
      The pick up time are usually 9-12 in morning. You can check the embassy website too for exact times.


  16. Abhinav Moudgil
    Abhinav Moudgil 5 Mar, 19 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the valuable doc here. Just wanted to check some thing.. I have my indian passport reissued from SFO Embassy . I want to apply for PCC their website says that no same day processing available SFO is really far from my place so in case I travel there and they refuse to process my application that will be a problem secondly their website says nothing about processing time when passport reissued from SFO etc.
    Can you please confirm this info so that I can move in right direction .
    Thanks!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Mar, 19 at 9:00 pm

      What should I confirm?


      • Abhinav Moudgil
        Abhinav Moudgil 5 Mar, 19 at 9:00 pm

        Are these below written statements true:
        If the indian passport is re issued from SFO processing time is 1 week.
        If we walk in to the Embassy for the PCC they do it on the same day .

        Thanks
        Abhinav!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 5 Mar, 19 at 9:07 pm

          There is no guarantee of these time lines. The decision is taken by embassy after seeing your documents.
          The chances are very high to give the passport back same day if your passport was issued by SFO embassy itself.


  17. Reshmika Pual
    Reshmika Pual 22 Feb, 19 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Really appreciate the great information that you have put together here.
    I have a question. I am Indian by Citizenship, but living alone in Frankfurt with parents staying back in India. When by previous passport got expired, I got the new one issued from Frankfurt Embassy.

    My new business venture that I am starting in another country of Europe requires me to get a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) for obtaining the business license. I have approached Frankfurt embassy, and got the PCC, with the verbatim stating –
    “There is no adverse information against holder of Indian Passport dated issued at Frankfurt, which would render her ineligible for the grant of travel facilities including visa for

    The license application for my business got rejected, stating the purpose in the PCC is misleading, and they had stated they were okay even if there was no purpose stated out there instead of having a false purpose. However, the Frankfurt Embassy are not very helpful and adamant that this would be their standard format, and they won’t be able to change this, despite a lot of plea from my end.

    However, in contrary the licensing authorities were able to show a sample PCC from Indian Embassy at London which met their format requirements. Showing that London Embassy PCC wasn’t even convincing for the authorities at the Frankfurt Embassy counter. The website of ‘Ministry of External Affairs, India’ also seems to not mention any other reasons for PCC other than Travel, Work, Immigration. So, confused on how to proceed here. Can I travel back to India and get PCC from India itself in a better format? Any leads or thought process from you would be really helpful.

    Regards,
    Reshmika


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Feb, 19 at 5:56 pm

      I can understand your situation. To be frank, i have never heard of this kind of issue before.
      You can try the getting the Indian PCC from India if you want but I am pretty sure they will be equally adamant too!


  18. BK
    BK 20 Feb, 19 at 12:58 am

    Hi, i’m an Indian citizen and stayed in the U.S for last 10 years. But In 2018 I went back to India for 6 months. I came back to U.S. in January,2019. I need to get PCC from India? My passport was issued from Houston Indian Consulate. Can I apply for PCC from U.S.? How long does it takr to get PCC? Do I need to fill SFO for Houston Indian embassy also? Please help. Thank you in advance


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 6:51 am

      You can apply for Indian Police Clearance certificate (Indian PCC) wit Indian Embassy in USA.

      You have to apply PCC in the Indian Embassy that has jurisdiction for your current US residence address state.
      It does not matter if your last Indian passport was issued by Houston Indian Embassy or some other embassy. Your current address will decide the Indian embassy that you can apply to now.


  19. Chan Jhapali
    Chan Jhapali 18 Feb, 19 at 6:19 pm

    Hello People,
    I am Nepali citizen, completed my education in INDIA (New Delhi), and need police clearance to apply PR in Australia.
    Can you please let me know from where can I get the required PCC ? Should I get it from local police station or RPO or FRRO ?
    I would like to thank you in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 Feb, 19 at 8:07 pm

      What is your current location? India or Nepal?
      If you are in India, you can get PCC from local police station with your Nepalese passport.
      If you are in Nepal, you can get Indian PCC from Indian Embassy in Nepal.


      • Chan Jhapali
        Chan Jhapali 20 Feb, 19 at 7:55 am

        Currently I am in Australia, and I need PCC for Immigration (Residency purpose).
        Will local police station issue PCC to my brother with authorization letter ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 19 at 8:59 am

          You have to apply in Indian embassy in Australia for your PCC since you are living there currently.
          PCC will not be issued with Authorization letter. You have to sign yourself and apply yourself.


  20. Sohrab Gill
    Sohrab Gill 15 Feb, 19 at 6:01 pm

    Hello people! Please help. I’m confused. I am an Indian passport holder/Indian citizen residing in California for the past 5 years. I need to get my police clearance certificate from the Indian embassy in San Francisco. I know what docs are required but I dont know what the steps are and what mailing address to send it to. Or how should I pay for the services? Is there any source where I can get all the above information? Please help! I appreciate it


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 10:59 pm

      Did you check the SFO Indian embassy website? It has all the details.


  21. Arijit Chattopadhyay
    Arijit Chattopadhyay 15 Feb, 19 at 5:21 pm

    I stay in Kuwait and my passport is from Edinburgh, UK as I was staying there between 2014-16. Any idea Indian embassy will take much time to process PCC


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 8:45 pm

      Your question is not clear about why you need PCC from india if you did not stay in India?


      • Arijit Chattopadhyay
        Arijit Chattopadhyay 16 Feb, 19 at 9:14 am

        I am an Indian citizen, my passport was issued by Indian Embassy in Edinburgh, UK, when I stayed in UK 2014-16. In between I stayed in
        India for one year (2016-17)before coming to Kuwait. I obtained Indian PCC before I came to Kuwait in July 2017. Now I stay in Kuwait for job purpose. For Canadian immigration purpose I need to submit an Indian PCC too. They may not accept 2017 Indian PCC being old. So I need to obtain Indian PCC again from Indian embassy in Kuwait. Will it be any easier to obtain or again it would take few months!!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Feb, 19 at 9:25 am

          The process to obtain Indian PCC from Indian embassy remain same everywhere. The processing time will vary with each embassy and you should plan for 1-6 weeks of time.


          • Arijit Chattopadhyay
            Arijit Chattopadhyay 29 Apr, 19 at 2:44 am

            The procedure that I have been through is really opaque. Luckily I had my relatively recent PCC from RPO Kolkata in 2017. In the doldrums of General Election Indian Embassy Kuwait had forwarded my case to Kolkata RPO for police verification through Local Police Station. I didn’t have any hope for getting response as embassy officer told it may take upto few months. I called up Kolkata RPO and luckily they could acknowledge my police file as cleared from 2017 PCC. Then I could manage to get them send email to Indian embassy here. Once I get hold of them in Kolkata RPO, it took 2 weeks to get it. I consider myself lucky.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 29 Apr, 19 at 6:03 am

              You are indeed lucky.


  22. Prads
    Prads 15 Feb, 19 at 5:24 am

    Hi Anil.. I am in the process of applying for immi to Canada and have PCC issued from an Indian consulate in US. However, I went to India for four weeks on vacation. Just wondering if I need to apply for a new PCC since I went to India before submitting my application? On some of the forums, I have received mixed response (some saying ‘yes’ and others ‘no’). Bit confused.. What do you think?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Feb, 19 at 9:50 am

      The requirements vary by the country you are trying to immigrate to.

      As per my information, for Canada, you do not need a new Indian PCC unless you have stayed in India for 6+ months. Short trips like 4 weeks is fine and no need to get new PCC.


      • Prads
        Prads 16 Feb, 19 at 3:28 am

        Thanks Anil. Did a bit of research and came across an operational bulletin on CIC. I found the below mentioned point under PCC section..

        “For countries in which the applicant no longer resides, the police certificate must have been issued after the last time the applicant stayed in that country for 6 months or more in a row.”

        What you said is in line with the above statement. What do you reckon?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Feb, 19 at 9:02 am

          Yes, that’s correct and exactly what I said earlier.


          • Prads
            Prads 16 Feb, 19 at 3:16 pm

            Thanks Anil..


  23. Vamshi
    Vamshi 12 Feb, 19 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Anil, where can I get all the documents notarized for mail application?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Feb, 19 at 3:49 pm

      Notary public. Bank of America and Chase have free notary services. UPS, Fedex and USPS offices have paid notaries.
      Many public libraries also have free notary in USA.
      Search around your location and you will find hundreds of them.


  24. rob saru
    rob saru 9 Feb, 19 at 10:27 am

    Whats the current wait times for SFO for PCC ? Is in person faster than mail requests ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 2:09 pm

      If you apply in person, you may just get the PCC same day if your indian paspsort was issued by SFO Indian embassy.

      If passport was issued in India, it may take between 4 to 6 weeks.


      • rob saru
        rob saru 10 Feb, 19 at 12:25 pm

        My passport was issued in India. I am planning to go in-person. Will going in person help?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Feb, 19 at 8:04 am

          If you go in-person, Embassy will verify your identity with your passport and return it to you.
          For PCC, they will send request to Indian passport office and will issue PCC only after their response.


  25. Ansuman Gupta
    Ansuman Gupta 5 Feb, 19 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Do you know if USA State Clearance is needed to apply for Australia 482 Visa? If you know, can you share the source of information.

    I have already provided USA FBI PCC and India PCC to apply for Australia 482 Visa but by employer is still asking for USA State Clearance where I stayed for more than 3 months in last 1 year.

    Thanks


  26. vishnu natarajan krishnan
    vishnu natarajan krishnan 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

    hi there,

    how long does it take to get PCC from India if i apply from NZ ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      You have to apply in Indian Embassy in NZ and it can take 4-6 weeks.


  27. Vigilant Pinoy
    Vigilant Pinoy 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Im very confused with PCC can you please help me? I have Indian passport issued from Dubai Consulate and I am living here from the past 15 years. I am applying for a PRC and one of the reqt is Police Clearance ( India). My question is:

    1. How to apply the PCC here in UAE?
    2. My family doesn’t know about this Canada application. Will the Police in India verify my address and house and are they going to inform my family about the purpose of my PPC?
    3. Who will issue the PCC, Indian Consulate in Dubai or Police in India?

    4. If yes , can I request the Indian Consulate not to inform my family the purpose of PCC?

    It will be a big hindrance for my PRC if my family came to know about my Canada migration. Please help me to understand. Can u send the reply to my email id at merb0910@gmail.com? or my FB account? Thanks and I will highly appreciate your help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      1. You have to apply for Indian PCC with Indian Embassy in Dubai/UAE.
      2. Indian Embassy will send request to Indian RPO (Regional Passport Office). The chances are high that your verification request will not be sent to India RPO as you said your passport was issued by Indian embassy in UAE.
      3. Indian PCC will be issued by Indian Embassy in UAE.
      4. You cannot make any request of NOT informing anyone. Indian embassy does not entertain any such requests.


  28. Pradeep
    Pradeep 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    If we are sending my document and my wife documents in same package. Do we need to send 2* $20 cashier check for return ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

      Yes, I recommend sending two check as it is possible that one of your PCC may take more time than other.
      If embassy sends the PCC back in same packet, they usually return the un-used cashier check too.


      • Pradeep
        Pradeep 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Thanks Anil !!!


        • Pradeep
          Pradeep 13 Feb, 19 at 12:57 pm

          Hi Anil,

          We are sending our passport through mail. We might change our apartment after we sent it and how can we ask the embassy to change the return address for the passport and PCC.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 13 Feb, 19 at 12:57 pm

            Its better you send your application after you have changed your address. There is no process where you can inform them about changed address.


  29. Amrita
    Amrita 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Hi Anil,

    We are Indian passport holder living in USA (8+ years). We are planning to go to India.
    Can we issue the Police verification in India or it is advised to apply at Indian Consulate in USA?
    Which one is recommended and faster?

    Thanks a ton

    Amrita


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

      I recommend getting PCC in USA from Indian embassy.
      If you apply it in India, you will have to go through police verification at the Indian address.


      • Amrita
        Amrita 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

        Thanks for replying Anil. Keep up the good work.


  30. Ayon Bhadra
    Ayon Bhadra 28 Jan, 19 at 8:51 pm

    Due to confusion asking this question here – How to get a Indian police clearance certificate when you are staying in India – Bangalore?
    How long does it take to receive it ? and cost ?
    Does the same apply for Wife as well ?
    My EOI with 70 points for 190 has been submitted on 1st Jan 2019 and pending receiving invitation. I just need the information to be ready as soon as I receive the invitation.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      i just wrote this step by step article for getting Indian PCC from passport office if you are living in India;
      https://www.am22tech.com/india/indian-police-clearance-certificate/


      • Ayon Bhadra
        Ayon Bhadra 9 Feb, 19 at 10:11 am

        Thank you Anil, very helpful.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:01 am

      You have to apply for Indian Police clearance on Indian Passport website if you are in India. There is a separate request specifically for ‘Police clearance’. The fees is INR 500 per person.

      PCC is given immediately on your visit to Indian passport office if there is no need for police verification.
      If police verification is required, then it may take up-to 1 month.

      Yes, wife has to apply for PCC using the same process.
      Here is the link:
      https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/pccOnlineApp


  31. Sunny Anand
    Sunny Anand 14 Jan, 19 at 9:49 am

    Hi Anil,

    The address in my passport(West Bengal) is not the same as where I permanent address(Bihar) is in India, what should I do in this situation.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      You should mention the permanent address (Bihar).


      • Sunny Anand
        Sunny Anand 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Hi Anil,

        A quick question- SFO Consulate specifies 3.5×3.5cm photograph, is 2 inch photograph acceptable?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          No. Whatever size they have specified, use that size.


          • Sunny Anand
            Sunny Anand 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

            Hi Anil, I tried a couple of places like Walmart, Costco and CVS but none of them does 35 mmx 35 mm size photos. All them have 2″x2″ passport photos, should I cut them personally to fit the requirement of 1.3 “x 1.3 ” or are there any options available of which you may be aware about?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              Yes, cut them.


          • Sunny Anand
            Sunny Anand 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

            Thanks Anil. Just a quick question- do you have a similar post for FBI PCC from US?


      • Sunny Anand
        Sunny Anand 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Thanks Anil, great help!!!


  32. kartik
    kartik 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello Anil,

    I am currently applying from the SF embassy
    for Canada PR. The Miscellaneous Services application does not seem to
    have the “Country for which police clearance is applied for” question on
    the form. Also, my passport was issued in India, do I have to go to the
    local embassy here or can I mail the required documents to the embassy
    for the police clearance certificate?

    Thanks,
    Kartik


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      You can mail the documents. It’s okay if they don’t have the country question.
      Each Indian embassy has different misc form.


  33. Venkat
    Venkat 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hello Anil,

    This information is really helpful.

    One quick question: Me and my wife are currently residing in USA. I got my PCC from local embassy, as stated in the IRCC website. However, my wife happend to visit India during the PR application process. Can she get a PCC from passport office in India. Is it Valid? As IRCC website indicated that the people residing outside India can get a PCC from local embassy. Is it mandatory to get PCC from embassy while you are residing outside India?

    Thanks,
    Venkat


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:05 am

      It is better to get PCC from Indian embassy if you are currently residing outside USA. If you visit Indian Passport office for Police certificate, they will do a physical address verification in India and you may not be able to pass it.

      But, if you do pass, you are okay with either certificate.


      • Venkat
        Venkat 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Thank you so much for the quick response.


  34. Vamshi
    Vamshi 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil, I own a Indian passport issued in India, in the consulate website it was mentioned that I need to send $42 cashier check/Money order if my passport is not issued in USA. But I do not see any mention of it anywhere here. Can you please confirm, thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      Can you share the consulate website link where you read that information?


      • Vamshi
        Vamshi 9 Feb, 19 at 10:09 am

        Fee (including ICWF of US$2/-):
        A non-refundable fee of US$27/- (if the current passport is issued from Consulate General of India, Chicago) and US$42/- (if the current passport is issued outside Consulate General of India, Chicago). The fee may be paid through money order/cashiers’ cheque in favour of Consulate General of India, Chicago.

        Website: https://www.cgichicago.gov.in/page/display/86/17


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          ok..seems like Chicago Indian embassy has changed the fees structure recently.


          • Vamshi
            Vamshi 9 Feb, 19 at 10:44 am

            Ok, so in that case I need to pay a fee of $42. Thanks for the quick response Anil, I really appreciate it 🙂


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 10 Feb, 19 at 12:28 pm

              Yes, that’s correct.


  35. Rohit
    Rohit 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have submitted my application to get PCC for me and my wife from SFO embassy last week. As per your post you mentioned that we need to submit “Personal Particulars Form” as well based on the embassy, but when we submitted the application the embassy officials didn’t asked us about this form and we have to just submit “Miscellaneous services Form” and the documents related to address proof etc. The officials verified the Miscellaneous services Form and other docs and we done with our submission. Our passport was issued in India so I know it will take approx 1 month for whole process to complete.
    Just as a concern as we haven’t submitted “Personal Particulars Form” will this cause any issue or delay the process. Also is there any way to check the application status online because calling on their customer-care number is totally worst and waste of time. Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      If they did not ask for personal particular form, then it’s fine. The SFO embassy website says that they need this form. They are conflicting their own rules!

      Not all Indian embassy require it. So, you are good.

      There is no official way to track the application status online.


      • Rohit
        Rohit 9 Feb, 19 at 10:03 am

        Thanks for quick reply really appreciate it. And yes you are right the SFO website does mention it but as they did not ask for it even when I applied it in-person think it should be fine. But on safer side to avoid delays planning to send them Email inquiry and will check on it.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

          You are welcome. Let me know if you need more information.


          • Rohit
            Rohit 9 Feb, 19 at 10:13 am

            Thanks will let you know


    • Raghunath
      Raghunath 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Rohit,

      In the “Miscellaneous services Form”, what size photo did you paste? Your help in this will be highly grateful.Only in “Personal Particulars Form”, there is clear indication that we should use 3.5cm X 3.5cm

      Thank you.


      • Rohit
        Rohit 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

        Hi Raghunath,
        In “Miscellaneous services Form” I had used 2″ x 2″ inches passport size photograph.


        • Raghunath
          Raghunath 9 Feb, 19 at 10:12 am

          Thank you so much for your prompt response Rohit.


  36. Manbir
    Manbir 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    Can a person who overstayed in US and have expired Indian passport get PCC from Indian Counsulate?

    Thank You.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

      No, valid Indian original passport is required.


      • Manbir
        Manbir 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

        Thanks Anil. Do they give temporary passport or some other travel document if Out-of-status person with expired passport plan to leave US and go back to India.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:17 am

          You can contact Indian embassy and check with them. I am not aware of it.


  37. Worldly
    Worldly 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a quick question regarding PCC from India. This is to submit to the Irish embassy for work permit. I have lived in the US since 2007 and moving to Ireland for a year for the same company. I have obtained a PCC from the US and now my lawyer is asking me to get one from India. My US visa expired in mid Nov 2018 and I have been in India since then. This is the longest I have lived in Bangalore – over 2 months. My Aadhar card and PAN card have my parents residence as my permanent address in India. My passport was renewed whiile I was in the US 6 years ago. Will the police verification be done by the Passport office in Bangalore or will it have to go to the US embassy in New York (that issued my passport in 2012)? Also, is Aadhar and PAN card and license enough for address proof, if I submit to Passport office in Bangalore? Thanks for your help!

    Vijay


    • Worldly
      Worldly 14 Jan, 19 at 9:47 am

      the address on my passport is my previous residence in the US – which I no longer live in. Do i have to provide the last address I lived in, in the US for the last one year?


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 14 Jan, 19 at 10:04 am

        You should fill the PCC form at Indian passport office in Bangalore.


        • Worldly
          Worldly 28 Jan, 19 at 8:52 pm

          I went to the Passport office and applied for the PCC here in Bangalore. They issued it but they have initiated a police verification. The police officer came home yesterday and did all the verification. I did not pay him any bribe but it seemed like he was hinting for something underhand. I was determined not to pay. I am now worried if he will not process my application back to the Passport office immediately.

          What are my options to check if he is holding on to my paperwork and not processing it immediately? If for some reason, he reports some adverse event, how can I get clarification? like I said, I haven’t lived in India for over 11 years and I am not aware of all my options. Thanks Anil!


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 9 Feb, 19 at 10:02 am

            If you are so worried about the adverse effects, you should have paid him ‘chai/pani’ money and avoided this tension. That’s how things work in India.
            Anyway, you do get SMS for each stage of processing and you can check the status online too for the request.


  38. Mandeep Singh
    Mandeep Singh 19 Dec, 18 at 10:26 am

    Hi Anil,

    The link to get the Miscellaneous services form is broken for Atlanta. Can you please fix it?
    It is working for other consulates.

    Thanks,
    Mandeep


  39. Jatin
    Jatin 12 Dec, 18 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Question regarding Canada PR post ITA. Do i need to provide police certificate from India if we are staying in US from past 2 years.

    Thanks
    Jatin


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 5:28 pm

      Usually, you have to provide police certificates from all countries that you have lived in last 10 years.


  40. deep
    deep 12 Dec, 18 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I will be traveling to India from US for couple of months. Can I get Indian PCC, through Indian passport website when i am there instead of Indian embassy.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 4:45 pm

      Yes, you can. But, there may be police verification at your address mentioned in passport there.


  41. Kamaljeet Singh
    Kamaljeet Singh 12 Dec, 18 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Anil
    I want to apply for PCC in person. My passport was issued in India. In that case, I have to submit my passport for verification and still it will go to India for clearance? How long that can take?

    Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 12:45 pm

      If you visit embassy in Person, your passport will be returned to you same day after verification.
      Passport is NOT sent to India for verification. Only your passport details are sent.


      • Kamaljeet Singh
        Kamaljeet Singh 12 Dec, 18 at 1:45 pm

        Thanks for the quick response. And If I apply by mail, then I need to send my passport along with the application or just the photocopy will work?

        Thanks


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 1:47 pm

          You need to send ORIGINAL passport if you apply for mail.


          • Kamaljeet Singh
            Kamaljeet Singh 12 Dec, 18 at 1:50 pm

            Thanks Anil. Are they gonna send my passport and the PCC together or they will send my passport earlier after verifying?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 12 Dec, 18 at 1:52 pm

              They will send everything in one packet and ONLY once. You are paying only for one return shipping.


              • Kamaljeet singh
                Kamaljeet singh 12 Dec, 18 at 2:07 pm

                Thanks Anil. You are a great help


  42. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 3 Dec, 18 at 12:14 pm

    It is better you put in the right police station to avoid any delays.
    Although, they might find the right one themselves but they will take their own time to do it 🙂


    • Jatin
      Jatin 4 Dec, 18 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Anil,
      Is there any requirement for sending envelopes like first class / Next Day. Which one you recommend?


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 4 Dec, 18 at 7:21 pm

        There is no such requirement. It depends on you and what kind of speed and reliability you want.


        • Jatin
          Jatin 8 Dec, 18 at 1:01 pm

          Quick question – on return envelopes, do I need to send with prepaid shipping label or just empty envelope for embassy to send the required documents. I guess we are already paying $20 money order for it.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 1:15 pm

            Each embassy has different rules. Some require prepaid return envelope and some not.
            If your embassy is asking for a return shipping fees,then you do not need to send return envelope.
            But, if they have NOT asked for return shipping fees, you should send the return envelope with shipping label pasted on it.


            • Jatin
              Jatin 8 Dec, 18 at 1:53 pm

              What about SFO?


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 2:01 pm

                Did you check SFO website? What does it say?
                Also, SFO needs an extra personal particulars form as well.


                • Jatin
                  Jatin 8 Dec, 18 at 2:06 pm

                  For US passport holders, a non-refundable fee of $ 25 (twenty five) + $3 Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. Oct. 01, 2012. For Indian passport holders, a non refundable fee of $25 (twenty five) + $3 Indian Community Welfare Fee (ICWF) w.e.f. Oct. 01, 2012. If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS ‘Express Mail’ or FEDEX etc.
                  https://www.cgisf.gov.in/page/display/143/236ource

                  So that means I don’t have to create $20 money order for SFO. Just prepaid envelope for return shipping. Is that right ?
                  SFO –
                  1) $25 fees + $2 icwef fee
                  2) trackable prepaid mailing envelope
                  3) No $20 money order


                  • Anil Gupta
                    Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 2:10 pm

                    Yes. That’s correct.


                    • Jatin
                      Jatin 8 Dec, 18 at 2:42 pm

                      Also, cashier check for San Francisco is on this name – ” consulate general of India , San Francisco”. Something we may have to check as well.
                      I think it should be good.

                      Also I got the one cashier check free from credit Union Bank of mine. As a tip for cheapest option to get your cashier checks.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 8 Dec, 18 at 2:57 pm

                      Thanks for sharing the tip. I appreciate it.


  43. deeps
    deeps 3 Dec, 18 at 10:25 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am applying for PCC at houston consulate. My mother currently lives in a address (temporary) that is different from the address in my passport (issued in India in 2011). I was wondering if I could mention my sister’s address that is more permanent in the miscellaneous form for “permanent address in India”. Will they conduct a police verification in the address if I mentioned my sister’s address or any address different from the one in passport ?

    Thanks,


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Dec, 18 at 11:07 am

      Indian embassy sends PCC request to Indian Regional Passport Office based on your Indian address. They may decide to do police verification if they have doubts on the address.
      I have not heard of any physical verification cases though yet.


      • deeps
        deeps 3 Dec, 18 at 11:24 am

        Thanks for the reply Anil. Any idea how long the process might take ? I ask this because I want to have some idea as to how long they will be hanging on to my passport.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Dec, 18 at 11:30 am

          If your current passport was issued in India, then you can expect to get PCC in 4-6 weeks as the speed depends on how fast Indian RPO responds.
          If Your current passport was issued by Indian embassy in USA, then the PCC is issued immediately and you get it within 4-5 days.


  44. Jatin
    Jatin 2 Dec, 18 at 9:44 am

    Hi Anil,
    For a valid US Visa, as our US visa is expired but we do have form I-797/ work authorization from US. Can we use that for US visa requirement. Generally, US visa will be renewed only when we leave US and re-enter to US.

    Thanks
    Jatin


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Dec, 18 at 9:45 am

      Yes, you can use valid i797 as a proof of US legal status instead of US visa stamp.


      • Jatin
        Jatin 2 Dec, 18 at 9:48 am

        Wow so fast. Thanks Anil.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 2 Dec, 18 at 9:49 am

          You are welcome. We try to be as fast as we can in our responses 🙂


          • Jatin
            Jatin 2 Dec, 18 at 10:21 am

            Another Question- Do we need Indian Police certificate for kids (although they are US Citizens) but stayed some time in India as well. This is for Canada immigration.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 2 Dec, 18 at 10:30 am

              Any country’s police certificate is only needed for Adults (18+).


              • Jatin
                Jatin 2 Dec, 18 at 11:31 pm

                Another Question about Q – 12 – Furnish details of previous passport/ travel document if any: – Do i need to provide my old passport details there. I do have my current passport renewed last year.

                Thanks
                Jatin


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 3 Dec, 18 at 6:19 am

                  Yes, you should write old passport details.


                  • Prakarsh Upmanyu
                    Prakarsh Upmanyu 5 Dec, 18 at 9:54 pm

                    Hi Anil,
                    I do not have my old passport details. Mine was renewed 5 years back and I can’t find any record of it. Is that a strict requirement?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 5 Dec, 18 at 9:59 pm

                      Old passport details are also written on new passport on the last page. Check there and fill it in form .

                      I am not sure if it’s strict requirement or not but I do think you should write it.


                    • Prakarsh Upmanyu
                      Prakarsh Upmanyu 5 Dec, 18 at 10:02 pm

                      I didn’t know that. Thanks a lot.
                      And WOW!!!! You replied literally in 5 minutes!!!!
                      Amazing.


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 5 Dec, 18 at 10:04 pm

                      You are welcome.


                  • Jatin
                    Jatin 14 Jan, 19 at 9:52 am

                    Thank you. I was trying to get some info about the Police station for PPC form. My dad is suggesting the one very close by but when I go to https://portal2.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/LocatePSAction it has some other one. Do you know which one I should put it there or just enter any and they will somehow locate it based on my home address.

                    Thanks in advance.


  45. Indresh B
    Indresh B 25 Nov, 18 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Anil, firstly many thanks for putting all this information together. Really very helpful.

    I am a graduate student at Oklahoma, USA. I lived in India in a couple of cities until I was there. Till 2012 I was at Chennai and there after I was working at Bangalore for 3 years.
    I have few queries pertaining to my case :
    1) My family has always been living on a rented house and I do not know which address to use for filling in the form. Now they are living in Chennai but at a different address. Can I give their current address for the form?
    2) What should I fill for the profession and business address ? Should it be my designation and my office address when I was working in Bangalore? Or the current designation and address (university student) ?
    3) I am planning to use this PCC for two countries – both Australia and Canada. Should I apply for 2 separate PCC in that case?
    4) For the US address proof – I am living at an university apartment on campus. I have the mobile bill and electricity bill. Would those two suffice as address proof or I must get a letter from the school?

    Please help me at the earliest, my passport was issued at Chennai in 2011 and it seems like 6 weeks is a long wait time. Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 1:57 pm

      1. You have to give the address where you have lived in India for whatever time you were in India. If you lived with your parents, then give their address.
      2. Professional and business address is USA address. It should be your University address.
      3. You can apply only one PCC and use it for both Canada and Australia.
      4. You can use Electricity bill as address proof. A letter from university (if easily available) would be good to have but not mandatory.


      • Indresh B
        Indresh B 25 Nov, 18 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks a lot, Anil for prompt response. I am still confused about the Indian address as discussed in part 1. I lived in address X (say) from 1990 to 1996, address Y from 1996 to 2000 and address Z from 2000 to 2012 along with my family. Then, I moved to Bangalore an was living there from 2012 to 2015 when I came to the US. I remember when I applied for passport in 2011 I gave the address Z. Now my family is in a different address. Which address should I specify? I know it’s little complicated. But your prior knowledge (if any) would help me a lot.


        • Indresh B
          Indresh B 25 Nov, 18 at 2:16 pm

          To add extra details – the one on my passport is the address Z but I nor my family don’t live there anymore.


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 2:22 pm

            For PCC application, it is okay if you give your parent’s current address.
            Also, this PCC is for last 10 years only. You do not need to go back to 1990!


            • Indresh B
              Indresh B 25 Nov, 18 at 2:24 pm

              Phew! Thanks.

              Final question – Can we get the 3 money orders(20$,25$,2$) from Walmart? Is that ok or better to get it from the bank?


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 2:37 pm

                Indian embassy does not care about where you get money orders from. Walmart is probably the best and cheapest option.


  46. AG
    AG 25 Nov, 18 at 11:21 am

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for detailed information.

    Can you please help me with below scenario :-
    Me along with my wife was in USA till 15th of Sep, 2018. We stayed there for 6 years at stretch(came to USA on Aug,2012).
    We came back to India on 17th Sep,2018. Now we are living in India and applying for Australian Visa. We have been asked to get PCC from USA since we stayed so long.

    My question is can I follow the above mentioned same steps being in India to get the PCC from USA ? There is another link where you mentioned FBI Police Certificate, which one I should get ?

    I am not in position to go back to USA now. All I can do is to get PCC through email or postal service. Please guide me.

    Your help is highly appreciated. Thanks again !!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 11:43 am

      1. For Indian PCC, you have to go through Indian passport website and apply for PCC as you are in India now. Indian embassy only issues certificate if you are outside India.

      2. For FBI certificate, use the link given for FBI police clearance. It has option to apply from outside USA.

      FBI and Indian police certificates are required separately and have separate process.


      • AG
        AG 25 Nov, 18 at 12:00 pm

        Thanks Anil for prompt response, much appreciated !!
        I have got my Indian PCC, now I am working to get USA PCC which is as you mentioned is to get FBI certificate.
        I checked and found that I need to take finger printing, can you suggest should I try that personally or get finger printing from some agency or police station in India.

        Thanks again !!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 12:07 pm

          You can do the fingerprinting yourself but I strongly recommend to use third party FBI channellers services. They are experts and reduce your chances of fingerprint rejection.
          Indian police station is useless as they would NOT know the FBI standards for taking fingerprints.


          • AG
            AG 25 Nov, 18 at 12:41 pm

            Thanks man !!


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 12:43 pm

              You are welcome and all the best for Australia immigration.
              Let me know if you have questions about Australia PR process. We have covered the whole process here:
              https://www.am22tech.com/get-australia-pr-skilled-employment/


              • Indresh B
                Indresh B 25 Nov, 18 at 2:10 pm

                Thank you for the insightful answers. Do we need to get the PCC (both Indian and USA) before we start the PR application? Will they become invalid after sometime (especially the US one)?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 25 Nov, 18 at 2:25 pm

                  Each PCC (from India or FBI) is considered valid for 12 months. If your application is not approved before the 12 months from PCC date, then you might need to a get a new one later.

                  I suggest to apply for PCC 8 weeks before you anticipate your invitation else you might face delays especially with Indian PCC.
                  Canada allows you to submit application with PCC delayed: https://www.truvisa.com/t/indian-pcc-delayed-for-canada-pr-invite/1030
                  Australia does not allow you to submit without PCC, so plan accordingly.


  47. saed
    saed 24 Nov, 18 at 7:10 am

    Hi Anil
    great information, i live in Somali i have been india for 5 Years had my degree from Osmania University, I need PCC for purpose of Australia Immigration partner Visa, i was demanded to get the PCC can you please guide me how to apply online.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Nov, 18 at 8:46 am

      You have to apply for Indian PCC in Indian embassy in your current country of residence. Process is same as mentioned above.


      • saed
        saed 24 Nov, 18 at 11:25 pm

        Thank you Anil Gupta, for swift replay


  48. Sudeep ARYAL SHARMA
    Sudeep ARYAL SHARMA 15 Nov, 18 at 3:37 am

    Hi Anil, this article is so helpful. Do you know the process to obtain PCC for a foreigner who lived in India for around 4 years in the past and currently do not live in India?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 6:49 am

      The process shoukd be same for foreigner too. I will have to check though.


  49. sarthak dundiraj bhat
    sarthak dundiraj bhat 14 Nov, 18 at 12:29 am

    Hi,
    I mailed my PCC to SFO embassy on November 1st. I got a notification from UPS saying it was delivered. I have not heard back from the embassy though. How do i contact them and what is expected timeline for the same ?

    Thanks
    Sarthak


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 18 at 6:50 am

      Was your passport issued in India?
      If yes, then PCC takes about 4-6 weeks to come as embassy needs clearance from Indian regional passport office.

      The only way to contact is to call SFO embassy’s phone number.


      • sarthak bhat
        sarthak bhat 14 Nov, 18 at 4:53 pm

        Thanks for your response Anil. Yes my passport was issued in India. Does embassy send any acknowledgement that they have received my application ? SFO embassy does not answer any calls 🙁


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 14 Nov, 18 at 6:50 pm

          No acknowledgement is sent by Indian Embassy. Just wait and watch 🙂


          • sarthak bhat
            sarthak bhat 15 Nov, 18 at 12:07 am

            Thanks Anil. I wish SFO Indian embassy was as responsive as you !! 😀


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 15 Nov, 18 at 12:27 am

              Haha.. thanks for the compliment, if it really is 🙂


  50. Akshita Pillai
    Akshita Pillai 5 Nov, 18 at 1:41 am

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me the photo requirements for Personal particulars form for San franFranc embassy? 3.5cm x 3.5cm is written on it but CVS and Walgreens don’t do photos of those dimensions so could you guide me how to get such photos here?

    Thanks!
    Akshita


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Nov, 18 at 6:53 am

      You can cut the 2×2 picture into 35mm X 35mm picture and use it.


  51. KP
    KP 4 Nov, 18 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks a lot for explaining in detail! Me and my wife both are applying for PCC at SFO Indian Embassy. I read your last question that husband and wife can send application in same package. I have some follow up questions:
    1. Do I need to send 2 return envelopes or just one?
    2. Do I need to also send marriage certificate copy?
    3. My passport was issued in SFO while hers was issued in India. According to your note, my PCC should be ready sooner than hers. What if my PCC is ready before hers is? Will we get our passports back together or separately?
    4. Do I need to make 2 money orders of $27 or single money order of $54 is fine?
    5. What do you recommend? Sending passports separate or together?

    Thanks in advance!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Nov, 18 at 2:26 pm

      1. I suggest to send two return envelopes as if one of your PCC takes more time, the other one (if ready) can be sent back to you immediately.

      2. No need for sending marriage certificate.

      3. Passport issued in India will take about 3-4 weeks to clear PCC. That’s why I have auggested to send two return envelopes.

      4. Single money order is fine if you are sending them in single envelope.

      5. It’s your choice. Sending it together will save you one way mailing cost.


      • KP
        KP 4 Nov, 18 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply Anil!
        I’ll send them together with 2 return envelopes.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 5 Nov, 18 at 8:19 am

          Make sure that you keep the PCC application (misc form and supporting documents) for each one of you separately inside the mailing envelope.
          What I mean is keep your application and documents in one small envelope, your wife’s in second envelope and then both of them in one main outer envelope (that you will paste stamp on) and mail. also add 2 return envelopes for each one of you.


          • KP
            KP 5 Nov, 18 at 4:54 pm

            Yes, understood. Thanks!

            One more question though. I notarized all my documents except my I-94 form. Because it’s a print out from online I-94 so the USPS won’t notarize it. That should be okay, right?


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 5 Nov, 18 at 5:17 pm

              Official guidance says that i94 should be notarized too. You can take its color print to USPS for notary.
              If nothing works, then just self-attest and send.


    • Akshita
      Akshita 5 Nov, 18 at 1:45 am

      Hi,
      I am also sending my documents to SF Consulate. What dimension of photos did you use for Personal particulars form and miscellaneous form and from where did you take that photo ( CVS and Walgreens don’t take 3.5 x 3.5 mm photos ).

      Thanks!

      Akshita


      • KP
        KP 5 Nov, 18 at 4:50 pm

        I am planning to stick the 2×2 photos as it is. I am not skilled at cutting the photos 😛
        Also, I am sending an extra 2×2 photo. Just in case, if they need it they can cut it themselves.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 5 Nov, 18 at 5:07 pm

          Its your choice.
          I do not think that embassy has people to do cutting on your behalf.
          They may either accept your photo as it is or may decide to send it back. I am not sure what they will do.


  52. Prem
    Prem 4 Nov, 18 at 10:33 am

    Hi Anil,
    Can husband and wife send the finger printed form along with the print of email confirmation together in same package to FBI?
    Thanks,
    Prem


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 4 Nov, 18 at 12:12 pm

      I would suggest to first keep each one’s fingerprints in separate envelope and then keep those two envelope in one mailing packet and then send.


      • Prem
        Prem 4 Nov, 18 at 12:24 pm

        Thanks


  53. KK
    KK 31 Oct, 18 at 8:52 am

    Hi Anil, Thank you so much for quick response.
    I have one more follow up question, My work visa expires in First week of Dec,2018 and will be applying for a COS to H4. Is COS (change of status) application number sufficient to prove the valid status or I have to obtain PCC prior to my H1B expiration.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Oct, 18 at 8:58 am

      It is better you apply for PCC before your current visa expires.

      Indian embassy accepts the pending application i797 notice of receipt too but i would not recommend relying on it.


  54. KK
    KK 31 Oct, 18 at 7:25 am

    Hi, I will be going to Indian Consulate in NY to get my PCC done. Can I submit my Spouse’s document as well or he needs to be present in person at the consulate to submit PCC request for him.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Oct, 18 at 8:30 am

      Each person applying for PCC himself has to be present in person.


  55. Prem
    Prem 28 Oct, 18 at 10:32 am

    Hi Anil.
    I am planning to visit the Houston Embassy in person to apply for PCC. Should the address proof copies and Passport copies be attested by UPS before I visit embassy? or is it okay if I just carry the copies and the embassy staff will attest the same as I am carrying the Originals too?
    Thanks,
    Prem


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 28 Oct, 18 at 12:25 pm

      As mentioned above, you just need to ”self attest” the address proof. No need for UPS notarization.


      • Prem
        Prem 28 Oct, 18 at 1:26 pm

        Thank you.


  56. Kris
    Kris 27 Oct, 18 at 4:15 pm

    Hello Anil ,

    Thank you for the detailed explanation. I am planning to visit the Indian Embassy at Houston, TX to apply for the Indian PCC. Along with the documents you mentioned above, some people told me that I would also need a Written letter requesting for the Police Clearance Certificate. Do we really need that if we are applying from USA ? Can you please clarify ?

    Thanks,
    Prem


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Oct, 18 at 5:20 pm

      No letter is needed. You need to fill the miscellaneous form though. Sample given above.


      • Kris
        Kris 28 Oct, 18 at 10:27 am

        Great. Thank You. Appreciate all the info you are sharing in the blog.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 28 Oct, 18 at 12:21 pm

          You are welcome.


  57. Raju
    Raju 24 Oct, 18 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Anil,

    In the miscellaneous application form that you submitted at Houston Embassy, it is specifically mentioned that PCC is for Australia and the sample PCC that was issued by Houston embassy also mentions that PCC is for Australia. I’m in New Hampshire and in New York embassy miscellaneous and National verification form, no where its asks PCC is required for which country.

    The challenge with New York embassy is you cannot talk to them directly over the phone. It says leave a name and number and they will call you back but no response. Any thoughts?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Oct, 18 at 3:21 pm

      It is okay if there is no field for the destination country. Don’t worry. The police certificate is acceptable without the specific country name too.
      Are you applying for Australia?


  58. Pranava
    Pranava 23 Oct, 18 at 11:56 am

    Hi Anil,

    Can I send a copy of my OPT-EAD card as a supporting document for ‘Valid US Visa’?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Oct, 18 at 12:37 pm

      Yes, you can. But, it is better if you can send your F1 visa copy.


  59. Rohit
    Rohit 23 Oct, 18 at 8:52 am

    Hi Anil,

    I know this thread is related to applying for Indian police clearance certificate (PCC) from Indian Embassy in USA. If we are applying for PCC from India in pasport office, do you know approx. how much time it takes to get the police certificate? I’m living in the same address mentioned in the passport (this is my first passport) and passport was issued in India on Sep 2011 and expiring on Sep 2021.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Oct, 18 at 9:09 am

      You will get PCC immediately the same day that you visit Indian Passport office if there is no police verification required.
      In your specific case, since you are living at same address as you have mentioned in your passport and passport has NOT expired, you are eligible to get PCC same day.
      All the best.


  60. Pranava
    Pranava 19 Oct, 18 at 2:07 pm

    Anil so I have one more question. What if I travel to SFO and apply in person? Will I get my passport back immediately the same day?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Oct, 18 at 2:10 pm

      Yes, they will give your passport back immediately if you apply in person.


  61. pranava
    pranava 19 Oct, 18 at 1:19 pm

    1. Since I am applying through mail, this means that I only get my passport back when the verification in India is done and when they send me the clearance certificate back in the pre-paid return mail that I send with along my initial application? That is again approximately 6-8 weeks for me without a passport?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Oct, 18 at 1:26 pm

      Yes, that’s correct. Your passport will be returned with your Indian PCC and that may take up-to 6 weeks since your passport was issued in India.


  62. Pranava
    Pranava 19 Oct, 18 at 12:44 pm

    Anil, thank you for the prompt response. I really appreciate the help you are doing. I have a couple of questions more regarding the application process. Note that I am applying through mail.

    This is a paragraph from the SFO consulate’s website for your quick reference:

    “Supporting Documents: Photocopy of all supporting documents should be notarized and attached to the application. Do not send any original documents except the PASSPORT and the document to be attested.”

    So, here are the questions I have:

    1. Does this mean that I need to send my original passport along with the notarized photocopies of the requested documents in the package? My passport was issued to me back when I was in India in 2010. So, this means the passport along with my application package is again sent to India for local verification?
    2. What is the “document to be attested” in the last part of that sentence?
    3. Can I fill the application form and personal particulars form online and download them instead of using a pen?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks much!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Oct, 18 at 12:58 pm

      1. You will send the original passport only to Indian Embassy. They do NOT send it to India. Indian embassy needs original passport only for your identity verification.
      Only a request is sent to Indian Passport office in India for your police clearance (which would have happened at the time of issuing passport).

      2. Documents that you need to send along with passport are mentioned in above article.

      3. You can fill it online and print. But, if you look at the online forms, you will realize that they can’t really be filled online! You will have to download, print and fill by hand.


  63. Pranava
    Pranava 19 Oct, 18 at 12:16 pm

    Hello Anil,

    I am looking to apply for PCC for my stay in India too. I stay in Seattle, USA and there is no Indian Consulate here. I would like to know if I can apply for PCC from any of the five Indian consulates (Sfo, Chicago, NY, Houston or Atlanta) or do I only have to apply from Sfo since Seattle comes under the western region?

    I am asking this because I would like to avoid filling the extra ‘Personal Particular Form’ which is only required by Sfo and Chicago consulates. Also, is there an advantage in choosing to avoid filling this form and apply from either Houston or Atlanta consulates?

    Please help! Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Oct, 18 at 12:23 pm

      You cannot choose Indian embassy. You have to apply in Indian embassy that has your residential address’s jurisdiction.
      For Seattle, you have to apply in SFO Indian Embassy.

      If you apply in any other Indian embassy, they will simply return your application and you will waste you time and money.


  64. ankita
    ankita 17 Oct, 18 at 4:52 am

    hi! i am living in germany since last 6 months and need PCC from India as well as Germany. the form on the consulate general of india, munich asks for which country i need the PCC. now the german PCC i get from my local german address Police..but for the indian PCC, if i apply to Munich..what do i fill in the form? do i write India as the country for which i need the certificate, because i need the PCC from india. or do i write Geramany because its the country for which i need an Indian PCC?????


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Oct, 18 at 7:11 am

      It should be Germany as that’s the country you need it for. The word ‘Germany’ would be mentioned on the final PCC letter once issued by Indian Embassy. See the sample PCC shared above for an example.


  65. bhuvanendra shukla
    bhuvanendra shukla 16 Oct, 18 at 1:53 pm

    I applied for PCC today at indian consulate here in Houston, USA. They said the application will be send to india for verification. My address in passport is different than permanent address (different states). No one lives on my passport address.
    My question is 1. will there be physical verification. If Yes which address ?
    2. How much time will it take?
    3. Do i need to do anything from my behalf now?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 2:10 pm

      Normally, no police verification is done. Indian passport office sends the report based on their last police verification done at your address and other police records.

      Normal processing time: 4-6 weks.

      You do not need to do anything except wait and watch :).


      • Bhuvanendra Shukla
        Bhuvanendra Shukla 16 Oct, 18 at 5:31 pm

        Thank you for the quick response. One more question: How will i get to know that PCC is done and when I can go and collect the certificate?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 5:36 pm

          Didn’t you pay the fees for return shipping? Normally, Embassy will mail it back to you once it is ready.


          • Bhuvanendra Shukla
            Bhuvanendra Shukla 16 Oct, 18 at 5:47 pm

            I went there personally and payed only the fees. and they did not give me any reference number to track.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 16 Oct, 18 at 6:20 pm

              You should call embassy and ask the process to collect the PCC then. I am not aware of it.


  66. Pooja
    Pooja 11 Oct, 18 at 12:09 am

    Thank you for your reply.
    Do I need to get 2 PCC?? One from Indian embassy Japan and other from India.
    I am confused with the wording on Aus embassy site.. Those are as follows
    “… you might be asked to provide police certificates for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more, over the last 10 years (calculated immediately before the time the visa application is lodged), since turning 16 years of age….”

    Also, I sent mail to Indian embassy Tokyo regarding procedure and all, but I have not received any reply. I am even not sure whom to contact for this. On their website list of designated officers names and email ids are given.

    Please guide.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Oct, 18 at 12:11 am

      You need a PCC for each that you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. It simply means that you need to get once PCC from Indian embassy for your India stay time and second PCC from Japan’s police for your Japan’s stay.

      You can call Indian Embassy in Tokyo if they have a number to contact.


      • Vishal Mahajan
        Vishal Mahajan 11 Oct, 18 at 2:05 am

        Hi Anil,

        I need your help to understand better in my case… It’s a long story which will difficult for me to explain in detail in writing… Can you share your number or I can share my number.. whichever is feasible for you.

        Lookling forward to your reply.

        Regards,
        Vishal M


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Oct, 18 at 7:58 am

          Hi Vishal,
          Sorry, but i do not share my number on public platforms. Neither do i recommend you to share yours.
          Rather, you can chat with me on TruVisa platform using the chat messaging here: https://www.truvisa.com

          or connect with whatsapp group and i can answer queries there:
          https://chat.whatsapp.com/E2LesehMjLpBf3fGSshqMO


  67. Venkat
    Venkat 9 Oct, 18 at 12:08 pm

    Hi, the NY consulate website says that “Each parent is required to fill up separate Miscellaneous Application form and affix his/her photograph on the same.”
    Please let me know if this is required. If yes, should there be 3 forms in total? 1 for me (the applicant) and 1 each for my mom and dad?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Oct, 18 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, PCC application form has to be filled separately for each applicant. In your case, yes, you have to fill 3 forms.
      You can send all applications in one mail package though.


      • Venkat
        Venkat 9 Oct, 18 at 3:54 pm

        Hello Anil. Thanks much for your reply. My parents are not applying for PCC or PR, Only me. In this scenario, is it ok if I fill out this form for myself alone? Do I still need to do this for my parents. The instruction in the NY Consulate website is a little confusing.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 9 Oct, 18 at 4:10 pm

          I am assuming you are over 18. You only need to apply it for yourself and no need to send parent’s documents.


  68. Pooja
    Pooja 8 Oct, 18 at 2:53 am

    Thank you so much for your reply.
    I appreciate your suggestion of applying now to save time later. Thanks!
    Indian Embassy is in Tokyo (https://www.indembassy-tokyo.gov.in/passport.html) which offers service of PCC. On their website, list of required forms is given. But I have not understood how to apply, I mean do we directly need to send original passport and alien card with required filled forms to the embassy? Or is there any other procedure? How to pay fee and when to pay?
    Also, I would like to know is PCC required for each individual? Do we need to submit passports of whole family (Husband is main applicant for Aus PR, my status as spouse and our 2 years kid as dependent) and separate forms also to get PCC?
    What are the other required/essential things for AUS PR which we can complete in advance to save time later on.
    Please guide.
    (I appologies, I can not comment through REPLY.. I dont know but comment is not getting posted)


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Oct, 18 at 5:08 am

      I chekced the Indian embassy Tokyo site that you have shared and it does not list the steps and documents required for PCC clearly.
      So, the best way is to call them and ask.
      Usually, they do need original passport to be sent by mail or show them in person to verify your Indian identity.

      Indian PCC is needed separately for each adult in your family who wants to immigrate to Australia.
      Each PCC application is treated separately by Indian embassy and hence you need fill separate form for you and your spouse.
      Your kid does not need PCC.

      Australia PR documents list:
      https://www.am22tech.com/australia-skillselect-pr-invitation/

      Let me know if you need more information.


  69. Pooja
    Pooja 6 Oct, 18 at 2:29 am

    Hi Anil, your posts are really helpful.
    I am Indian living in Japan with my husband. Since last 1 year we are in Japan and we are planning to get Australian PR. Where do we need to apply for this Police Clearance Certificate? and when do we need to apply? Is that after getting Invitation letter from Aus. Govt? Please guide.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Oct, 18 at 5:02 am

      Hi Pooja,
      You can apply for Indian PCC either now or after receiving invitation. The only thing to keep in mind is that Indian PCC takes about 4-6 weeks to be issued and your only get 60 days to respond after receiving Australia invitation.
      PCC is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. So, you can apply for it now too.

      Indian PCC is issued by Indian Embassy if you are currently living outside India. You have to find the one that caters to your home address in Japan and apply there.

      Let me know if you need more information.


  70. Mohit Kumar
    Mohit Kumar 24 Sep, 18 at 8:27 am

    I wanna get Police Clearance Certificate from HOUSTON consulate. I am single. So should I leave the 2 fields related to SPOUSE empty ? O r should I put N/A in those fields. I didn’t find any clear instructions regarding that. My gut feeling is to leave it empty but I don’t want my application to get rejected over that. Could someone please help with that ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 Sep, 18 at 11:59 am

      You can write ‘N/A’. That is okay. Don’t worry.


  71. Teja
    Teja 12 Sep, 18 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am planning to apply in person for PCC in Chicago consulate. My passport was issued in Chicago.

    a. Do they keep the original passport ?

    b. If we submit in person and they cannot give it the same day, can I ask them to send my PCC by mail by providing a pre-paid envelope ?
    I stay far away from the consulate, so it might be difficult for me to collect it in person if they do not give it the same day.

    Please let me know on this

    Regards,
    Teja


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Sep, 18 at 3:51 am

      1. If you apply in-person, they usually return the passport back to you after verification.
      2. Yes, if they do not issue the PCC same day, you can opt for pre-paid envelope service.


      • Teja
        Teja 13 Sep, 18 at 9:03 pm

        Thank you!


        • Teja
          Teja 18 Sep, 18 at 8:16 am

          Hi Anil,

          I was able to get my PCC from Chicago consulate, as my passport was issued from the same consulate and the police verification was already done. I have submitted the documents in the morning after 9:30 AM and received the PCC the same day after 3:30 PM.

          I also mentioned to them that the phone lines are not working and they told me that they are working on it. They told me that we can email
          our questions and they would respond.

          Thank you!

          Regards,
          Teja


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 19 Sep, 18 at 11:38 am

            Thanks Teja for sharing your experience.


  72. Divya
    Divya 5 Sep, 18 at 11:25 pm

    I am planning to apply for PCC from Canada for Canada PR. In the past, I have stayed in Banglore for almost 2 years in different- different address as the places are rented one. While filling the form do I need to mention all the address? Your help will be really appreciated. Thanks!


  73. Surya
    Surya 5 Sep, 18 at 9:34 pm

    Hi,
    I am moving back to India from USA by Oct 22nd, 2018. I just got the invite but I doubt if I will be able to receive my PCC from Atlanta Indian Consulate as my passport was issued in India . I will have just 8-9 days left to accept the invitation when I land in India. Any suggestions?
    Thanks


  74. Pawan P
    Pawan P 23 Aug, 18 at 7:11 am

    Hi,

    I need to apply for PCC with the NYC Embassy. I wanted to check if I need to get all my documents notarized before sending it to them via mail?


  75. vandan
    vandan 21 Aug, 18 at 7:26 pm

    Need Help. I have applied for India PCC in Atlanta consulate USA. They are saying its gone for verification with no timelines( It might take months to receive response according to consulate person).

    My passport was renewed in india in the year 2014 and as my address was same no verification was done.

    Is it really going to take months for verification?. what can i do to expedite the process?.I need the same to submit for canada immigration which will expire in a month.

    Please advise.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 Aug, 18 at 5:32 am

      The normal time is about 4-6 weeks if passport was issued in india.

      Don’t worry even if it is delayed. Canada allows you to submit the proof of PCC application if it is delayed.
      I have answered the same question earlier in detail here:
      https://www.truvisa.com/t/indian-police-clearance-for-canada-ita-from-scotland-uk/352/2?u=anil_gupta


      • vandan
        vandan 22 Aug, 18 at 7:09 am

        Thanks Anil. I followed up with consulate and they replied saying they need a clear PVR(police verification report) before they can issue PCC and they have forwarded the forms to concerned RPO .
        As per your response no physical verification will be done. Are u aware of what will happen in this case and can I do anything to speed up the process.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 22 Aug, 18 at 8:11 am

          The physical police verification decision is taken by Indian RPO. Indian embassy only forwards the request to Indian RPO and wait for their response.
          In most cases, if your Indian address is a valid address (not like a hostel address or something that is suspicious), Indian RPO will not opt for physical verification again.

          Also, they follow a 13 year rule in India. In your case, if your last passport was issued, Indian RPO would already have your address verification and they should send a positive report to Indian Embassy without any issue (my opinion).

          In the case that they do delay it, you can still submit your Canada PR application with proof that you applied for Indian PCC and the result is awaited.

          There is no way to speed up the process.


  76. Vignesh
    Vignesh 17 Aug, 18 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the post. It is really helpful. I have one question, which is, when they say I have to get police clearance certificate for my family members as well, do I need to get it for my parents too? I’m single, so I don’t have a spouse. Based on the definition of “family members” according to IRCC, its more like spouse or children. Since I have neither of them, should I just get PCC for myself or should I get it for my parents too?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 Aug, 18 at 5:18 pm

      PCC is usually required for each member separately that is part of immigration application and will immigrate.


  77. Bobby
    Bobby 13 Aug, 18 at 2:47 pm

    I have applied for PCC at San Francisco Indian consulate 3 weeks ago and still waiting. My recent passport renewed from the same consulate in 2015. As per the comments below, PCC shoudn’t take more than a week if recent passport was issued by any Indian consulate in USA. Could you please share any timelines from this consulate for PCC?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 14 Aug, 18 at 7:39 am

      Hi Bobby,
      Normally, if the passport is issued by Indian consulate in USA, they issue PCC within 3-4 days.
      I am not sure why is it taking longer for your case. It is possible that they have sent your application to Indian passport office for verification.
      In that case, it is normal to get PCC in 4-6 weeks.


      • Amarender
        Amarender 14 Aug, 18 at 11:55 am

        on SFO Website it says 1 Month


        • Bobby
          Bobby 24 Aug, 18 at 4:57 pm

          it’s been more than a month now. Trying to call them but no answer. Any one applied for PCC at SanFrancisco consulate recently?


  78. Anil Gupta
    Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 18 at 12:09 pm

    Its better to send two different money orders.


  79. chetan
    chetan 31 Jul, 18 at 9:31 am

    Hi Anil,

    Thanks for the post.

    I am trying to get PCC from NY Indian Embassy for Canada Express Entry. As mentioned in the checklist I have everything except a Valid Visa. My Visa got expired last month and now I am on CPT. Will there be any issue if I apply for PCC without a valid Visa. Is there any other way to get my PCC?

    Please do answer the questions. I am a little worried now.

    Thanks much


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 18 at 11:50 am

      1. Only the current valid passport needs to be sent. No other expired passports required.
      2. The fee info I have mentioned above if for Houston Indian Embassy. Each Indian embassy has their own process and fees structure. So, follow the fees as mentioned by New York Indian Embassy for your case (if you are applying there).

      Let me know if you need more information.


      • rgn
        rgn 9 Jul, 18 at 12:35 pm

        thanks anil for the quick response.


        • rgn
          rgn 9 Jul, 18 at 3:06 pm

          Hi Anil, QQ: While filling profession and business address – What should i fill? employer location or client location [both are different]

          Thanks


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 18 at 3:10 pm

            You can write client location address where you go for your daily work.


            • rgn
              rgn 9 Jul, 18 at 3:56 pm

              Since i am sending both my wife’s and my application in one envelope, Do i need to include 1 or 2 returning envelops?


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 9 Jul, 18 at 5:18 pm

                One return envelope is fine.


  80. Satish Devan
    Satish Devan 20 Jun, 18 at 11:15 am

    Quick update!

    Extra payment of $20 is no more required and instead we need to include return envelope while shipping documents.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Jun, 18 at 11:41 am

      Hi Satish,
      Which embassy did you apply to? The return envelope option varies with each Indian Embassy.


      • Satish Devan
        Satish Devan 20 Jun, 18 at 1:57 pm

        Hey Anil! I applied for San Francisco.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 Jun, 18 at 2:16 pm

          Yes, in SFO embassy, they do not have an option to send pre-paid money order for return shipping at this time.
          Houston Embassy offers this service as I have mentioned in above article.


        • Inder
          Inder 30 Jun, 18 at 11:23 pm

          Satish
          I will be applying in person at SFO for Canadian express entry application. So, once I apply, how will they send the certificate back? Will they call me back to the ofifce or do they send it in mail?
          Its kind of confusing. Thanks


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 1 Jul, 18 at 7:43 am

            They usually give it back the same day in afternoon or evening. They will inform you about it while submitting the application itself.
            If they need to send your application to India for PCC, they will inform you and you may be asked to pay to return shipping.


        • Sumit
          Sumit 27 Jul, 18 at 12:15 pm

          Hi,
          In how many days did you receive your PCC. I applied in March and received with in a week but my husband went today and was told that it would take upto 4 weeks.


    • Suraj Shah
      Suraj Shah 27 Jun, 18 at 5:56 pm

      Hey Satish, I have a few questions about the Photo requirements for SFO embassy.

      1. Is the 35mmx35mm (3.5 cm x 3.5 cm) photo a mandatory requirement for Personal Particulars Proforma form? Or can we attach a regular passport size photo taken from India?

      2. What is the photo specification for the Miscellaneous Services Application form? Can it be any photo or does it also have to be 35x35mm?

      3. If you did indeed have to take a 35x35mm photo, where did you get it click? Did you get it clicked at a CVS, Walmart etc. location or did you go to an actual photo studio?

      Anil: Excellent article!

      Thanks,
      Suraj


      • Satish Devan
        Satish Devan 28 Jun, 18 at 12:58 pm

        Hi Suraj, We got photos from Costco and pasted the same. I think there were 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).


  81. Uday
    Uday 16 Jun, 18 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I am from Telangana, India. After bifurcation, our districts were divided into small ones. When I applied for Passport, my district Was not divided. But now, my district was divided. My permanent address in India now and in passport is different( district was different). What should I do?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 16 Jun, 18 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Uday,
      I do not clearly understand your question.
      Are you facing any issue with filling the PCC application form?

      What is the issue with changed district and applying for PCC?


  82. Hemant Rawat
    Hemant Rawat 11 Jun, 18 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Anil,
    Greatly Appreciate your efforts. You have cleared some of crucial points on your blog.
    I am planning to apply for PCC in next 2 -3 days at Indian consulate , SFO. My passport was issued at this Consulate so I am hoping I will get PCC pretty soon but I have an upcoming travel starting 29 June and will be back in mid-July (I will be in India for 15 days). as per your blog, at-least 6 months stay is required in India to in-validate previously issued PCC so I do not need to re-apply for PCC after I return from India..right?

    Also Can my wife take my documents (along with her’s ) on my behalf for in-person document submission? Do I need to provide her any kind of approval Affidavit ?

    Best,
    Hemant


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 11 Jun, 18 at 7:32 pm

      Yes, you would not need another PCC if you travel to India for just 15 days.
      Your original passport is needed for PCC. It is better you visit embassy yourself if you are planning to get it in person. Else, I would suggest to send all documents by mail.


      • Hemant Rawat
        Hemant Rawat 11 Jun, 18 at 8:48 pm

        Hi Anil,
        Thanks for this feedback.
        I will visit myself for PCC . I hope consulate will not keep Passport during the entire PCC process? (otherwise I will not be able to travel overseas)
        Best,
        Hemant


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 11 Jun, 18 at 8:55 pm

          In case of physical visit, they normally return the passport and PCC the same day. But, if they require more time, they will keep the passport with them.
          You will get to now about it at embassy itself.


          • Hemant Rawat
            Hemant Rawat 13 Jun, 18 at 3:47 pm

            Hi Anil,
            I got feedback for some of my additional queries so thought of sharing here :

            Hi There,
            I and my spouse wish to apply for PCC. My new Passport was issued at your Consulate Office(SFO) but my Spouse’s Passport was issued in India.

            I have 2 queries :

            1) I know for in-Person visit we do not need to notarize our documents. So can my wife alone visit your office and submit both her and mine’s documents. She will bring both Original and photo-copy of both of our documents.

            Answer from Consulate : Both of you need to come to submit.

            2) I will be travelling to India starting 29 June and returning on 15h July . And I was planning to start this PCC process before my India Travel so wanted to know if we need to deposit the passport while the entire PCC verification is in progress ? I just want to make sure my passport is with me while I am travelling to India.

            Answer from Consulate : In case you submit in person can take back your passport after verification

            Best,
            Hemant


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 13 Jun, 18 at 7:05 pm

              Thanks Hemant for sharing the details. I appreciate it. It is certainly going to help other users.


  83. Aditi
    Aditi 5 Jun, 18 at 10:16 am

    Hello – I desperately need some help and advice please.
    I got my new passport from India in 2015 Sep. Post travelling to USA, the police verification report came adverse.
    Now I need to travel back for a visit next month and go for a Visa stamping. I dnt want the Police verification to have an impact on my visa stamping.
    So I called the Indian embassy of NYC and they advice me to get a PCC.
    Then send the documents to RPO and initiate a Police verification.

    I have the following questions please:

    1) How long will the PCC take ? Should I visit in person , and If I do, will I get the PCC on the same day ?
    2) How will it initiate a Police verification when I am in USA ?
    3) With the PCC, can I schedule my Stamping Interview Before POlice verification ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 5 Jun, 18 at 10:35 am

      I have already answered these questions in above article if you read through it carefully.
      1. PCC issuance by Indian embassy takes about 3-4 weeks if they have sent your request to Indian RPO.
      2. The Indian embassy sends request to Indian passport office in India where you last passport was issued.
      3. I am not sure why do you need PCC for visa interview unless US embassy specifically asks for it.


  84. Raj
    Raj 30 May, 18 at 3:20 pm

    My passport was issued at chicago and applied for PCC and received the same day when i applied in person on friday.
    I applied in the morning and got it afternoon.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 May, 18 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Raj for sharing the information. We appreciate it.


    • Priya
      Priya 23 Aug, 18 at 12:27 am

      Hi Raj and Anil,

      I am planning to apply for PCC in Chicago but Chicago Embassy has another “Personal Perticulars Form” apart from the “Application form”. What is this Personal Particular form is about? In the Personal Perticulars Form, I need to provide “Application file number”, “present and permanent address with police station”, “References” etc. I am not aware of all these fields like, I don’t know what to fill in application number, whether the present & permanent address would be my Indian address and can my parents name be put as my references.

      It will be really helpful if can share a sample format of this form like you shared the other forms. Also in Chicago Embassy website, the return mailing fee amount is not mentioned. I was trying to call them couple of times, but no one picked my call. I found your website, so thought of checking with you.

      Thanks in advance.


  85. Abhay
    Abhay 24 May, 18 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Anil,

    How do i go about the Personal particulars form http://www.cgisf.org/pdf/ppertpro.pdf ?
    I am very confused about section 8), 9) and 10)
    Can you help here ?
    anyone else has done it recently through sf consulate ? I tried to call them regarding details but no one is responding.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 3:41 pm

      8(a) = Your Indian Address with the Police Station name that caters to your Home Address location when you were residing there.
      8(b) = You can either give your Parent’s/or your same 8(a) address.
      9. Write your US address.
      10. Write any two neighbors/relative address from India residing near your Indian address you wrote in point 8(A).

      Does that help?


      • Abhay
        Abhay 24 May, 18 at 3:55 pm

        Thanks Anil. Thank you for clearing the confusion on 8)
        However, for 9) I have 2 doubts.

        1) I have been living in US for about 10 years now. Do i have to fill all the addresses with additional PP forms ? It says “Please furnish an additional set of P P Forms for each address with Police station”

        2) Do I have to supply the police station information. I have many police station near me. Do we give the address or just the name (for e.g. San diego police department) ?

        Appreciate your help..!!!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 4:13 pm

          1. No. You do not need to furnish additional PP forms. Embassy is only concerned with Indian addresses and their police stations. Remember, this PCC is only for your stay in India and not for US.
          2. US police station information is NOT required. Whatever Police station was attached to your locality in your Indian residence time is what is needed.

          By the way, if you are living in US for 10 years, why do you need an Indian PCC? For most of the immigration, only last 10 years of PCC is required.
          If you are in US for last 10 years, then you would need FBI Clearance only.


          • Abhay
            Abhay 24 May, 18 at 4:22 pm

            Hi Anil,

            I should have said *almost* 10 years, few months still remaining on that.
            Anyways, my wife would need it anyway. Thank you very very much for clarifying this.

            Cheers


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 24 May, 18 at 5:35 pm

              Great. You are welcome.


              • Satish Devan
                Satish Devan 12 Jun, 18 at 5:05 pm

                Hi Anil/Abhay,

                I came to US in August 2010 and I am running into same confusion on whether we need to provided history of US address.

                In section 9 what would be From and To date?


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 6:05 pm

                  You have to mention from and to separately for EACH address that you have stayed in. This is ONLY applicable for Indian address.


                  • Satish Devan
                    Satish Devan 12 Jun, 18 at 6:16 pm

                    Ok. So in short just give my current US address, correct?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 12 Jun, 18 at 7:47 pm

                      8(a) = Your Indian Address with the Police Station name that caters to your Home Address location when you were residing there.
                      8(b) = You can either give your Parent’s/or your same 8(a) address.
                      9. Write your US address.
                      10. Write any two neighbors/relative address from India residing near your Indian address you wrote in point 8(A).


                    • Satish Devan
                      Satish Devan 13 Jun, 18 at 10:43 am

                      Alright! Thanks much Anil!

                      One less confusion 😀


  86. Raj
    Raj 23 May, 18 at 10:46 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am applying for PCC at chicago consulate in person.I got my passport from chicago consulate.
    Do they have same day service??
    I know one of my friend got it the same day in Huston, Not sure about Chicago??


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 11:01 am

      If your passport was issued by Indian Embassy, then, yes you might get it back the same day.
      it depends on Embassy work load too. But, normally, when you apply in-person, they usually issue it the same day.


      • Raj
        Raj 23 May, 18 at 12:14 pm

        Thanks Anil.


  87. Gautham
    Gautham 23 May, 18 at 10:17 am

    Hi! This is really useful. I’ve a unique situation. So my latest passport was issued from the Indian Consulate in Atlanta, USA. But I currently reside in Canada and I’m applying for a PCC from Vancouver for my Canadian PR application. How does this effect my processing time ? Appreciate your response and Thank you!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 10:21 am

      I think you will get it within a week since your passport was issued by Indian Embassy.
      Normally, the request is sent to Indian passport office if the last passport was issued from Indian Passport office.


      • Gautham
        Gautham 23 May, 18 at 10:47 am

        Great, thank you!!


  88. Divya
    Divya 22 May, 18 at 3:43 pm

    Hi! Really helpful info, thanks! Could you please tell us how we receive the final PCC – is it emailed or sent by post? I can’t see an option to select any of this. It’s a completely offline process, not sure how they notify us or how we can track the progress of our application? Thanks!!


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 May, 18 at 4:18 pm

      You have to send a money order for return shipping. Embassy will return your original passport and PCC by post.
      There is no email whatever. Whole process is offline.
      There is no option of checking status online from embassy. The only option is the mail tracking service that you can buy from USPS or UPS or Fedex depending on which carrier you choose to ship your documents.


      • Divya
        Divya 23 May, 18 at 9:46 am

        Is it better to send a money order for the return (and for what amount)? Or a pre-paid return envelope? Their website instructions are confusing. Thank you!


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 10:20 am

          Which Indian Embassy are you applying to? Each one have different requirement.
          For Houston Indian Embassy, you need to send a money order for $20 specially for return shipping. They take of return envelope themselves.


          • Divya
            Divya 23 May, 18 at 12:50 pm

            Sending to the San Francisco embassy – http://www.cgisf.org/page/display/143/236 They haven’t mentioned the $20 money order for return shipping. Only prepaid return label thing for attestation of docs. I’m only getting the PCC. Not sure what’s applicable in my case. I’ve been trying to call them as well, they aren’t answering their calls. Please advise the best thing to do? Thank you for your diligent responses.


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 23 May, 18 at 1:03 pm

              For PCC from SFO Embassy, they have clearly mentioned to send a ‘Pre-paid return envelope’:

              “If you want to receive the attested documents back through mail, send a trackable pre-paid return mailing envelope (USPS ‘Express Mail’ or FEDEX etc.) ”

              So, Just buy prepaid shipping label from either USPS or Fedex or UPS as per your choice. Paste it on an envelope (free from the same company that you choose). Make sure you write your OWN address on shipping label as the DESTINATION address.
              Put this envelope inside the envelope that you are sending to SFO embassy with your PCC request.

              They will use this envelope to send it back to you.

              Let me know if you need more information.


  89. Saurabh
    Saurabh 12 Apr, 18 at 4:08 pm

    Fir thanks for this article. You made it so easy. Now I have some questions
    1. Do i need to apply separately for Canada and Australia PR because we have to mention country in miscellaneous and the sample certificate shown above has country too
    2. It is mentioned that police certificate is different then Character certificate . So where do we need Character certificate in Canada and Australia PR process
    Thanks in advance


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Apr, 18 at 7:44 am

      1. As per my information, you can use the same ‘Indian police certificate’ for both Australia and Canada or any other country. If you read the certificate’s language carefully, it says ‘including visa for Australia’. So, it is an open certificate.

      2. I do not think any character certificate is required separately. I have mentioned about ‘Character certificate’ as some people confuse it with ‘Police certificate’.


  90. Soumya
    Soumya 7 Apr, 18 at 4:10 am

    Hi Anil, Can you please offer me some advice on the following:
    Got an ITA for Canada PR and applied for PCC – India through VFS at Consulate General India Edinburgh as I currently live in Scotland, UK. I have an Indian passport which has a Bangalore address where I was living while working there and it was a rented flat. Obviously, I no longer live there and my family lives in New Delhi. So while submitting PCC application, I have entered my permanent address as my family’s address in Delhi.

    My understanding is for Indian living abroad, PCC applications through their local embassy/consulate would be forwarded to the concerned passport-issuing authority (PIA) in India. In my case, I believe that would be Bangalore. So, will this be a concern ? I mean I do not know how they check records (in case of PCC for Indians abroad) but do the police visit the address and check ? I am not even sure who is living there now and whether the people I knew in the building are still living or have moved on. Basically, if the address on your passport is not your permanent address, will it be an issue ? And when the consulate sends the application for verification in India, would you know if it will be sent to passport office in Bangalore or Delhi ?

    Secondly, while submitting PCC application, lady at VFS counter said there is no defined timeline for getting PCC – may take any number of months – 1, 2, 4, 6 etc. As the ITA for PR is valid for 90 days and assuming PCC does not come, I believe there is a way to seek extension. What is generally the period of extension, if given ? and if i demonstrate that I have actually applied for PCC and still waiting (through receipts and acknowledgement) will they actually give me an extension ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 7 Apr, 18 at 8:01 am

      Hi Soumya,

      1. Your first question about Police verification has already been answered in above article. I am just copy pasting the text here:
      Applied for PCC at Indian Embassy when staying outside India?
      If your passport was issued in India, the embassy sends the request to Indian passport office and waits for their response.
      There is no physical Police verification done at the Indian address in this case.
      If the passport was issued by Indian Consulate, the PCC is issued immediately with no delays.
      Most of the time, it is issued within a week.

      2. Official Canada guidance is that you should apply for Police Certificate as soon as possible i.e. even before you are invited for ITA to avoid breaching the 90 day deadline.
      Nevertheless, they have documented that if you are facing delays in getting PCC, you can write a letter explaining your situation and the proof of PCC application submission (with date).

      This is their official response:
      “In exceptional circumstances, some applicants may experience delays in obtaining police certificates within the 90-calendar-day timeframe allocated to submit a complete e-APR. In such situations, applicants should submit a letter of explanation as part of their application and include proof of having requested a police certificate (e.g., a copy of the receipt obtained when they requested the police certificate from the prescribed authority). The officer’s discretion may be required in assessing whether police certificates that do not fall within these time limits are valid and reliable for the purpose of evaluating admissibility.”
      You can read about it here:
      https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/permanent-residence/express-entry/applications-received-on-after-january-1-2016-completeness-check.html#s07

      But, as per my experience, you should be able to get PCC within a month.

      We recently applied in USA and got it within a week since our passport was issued by Indian embassy itself.
      In your case, your last passport was issued by Passport office in Bangalore, so Indian Embassy may just send a request to them for verification. There is no physical police verification done at that address. Don’t worry.
      You are any way not expected to be present at that address even if they visit physically.


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