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
- Original Passport – Most recent and valid.
- USA Residence Address proof – Self attested (Notary for SFO)- Check valid acceptable US address proof here.
- Photocopy of passport pages containing personal particulars (first three and last two pages) – Self attested.
- Copy of valid Visa/Green Card – Self Attested (Notary for SFO).
- Indian Embassy Miscellaneous services form.
- 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 Australia – VFS 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 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
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.