Indian Embassy PCC Process (in USA for NRI)

PCC from Indian Embassy in USA by mail or in-person for Green card, Australia, Canada PR. Processing time 4 day to 6 week. Fees $27. Valid Visa, Address Proof, Passport.

Written by Anil Gupta
  Anil Gupta    Updated  11 Mar, 21

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

  • Indian Embassy can issue PCC only if you are an NRI living outside India with address proof.
  • If you are living in India, then the process is different and you need to apply PCC on the Passport India Website.

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

Documents Required

  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 the name ‘Personal Particular Form’.

Validity of Indian Police Clearance

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

Indian PCC expiry based on the purpose:

  • USA Green card interview: The common guideline is that it is valid for 12 months.
  • Australia PR: Valid for 12 months.
  • Canada PR: Valid for 6 months

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.

PCC Processing Time

  • Same Day in-person: Indian Embassy will issue the PCC immediately on the same day if you visit in person and your passport was issued by that embassy.
  • 4-5 days by postal mail: 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.
  • 6-8 weeks: If your most recent Indian passport was issued in India, the embassy will send a police verification request to Indian RPO (regional passport office). It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the whole process.

Miscellaneous Services Form

Download Misc Services Form form your specific India Embassy Website.

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

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


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 the application by postal mail.

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

SFO, Chicago Personal Particulars Form

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).


  • The embassy is only concerned with Indian addresses and their police stations. Remember, this PCC is only for your stay in India and not for the US.
  • US police station information is NOT required. Whatever Police station was attached to your locality in your Indian residence time is what is needed.

How to Apply?

#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 the embassy.

Some Indian Embassy just requires 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 the Indian embassy by mail.

  • No prepaid return envelopes are required by Houston Indian Embassy. The embassy will take care of it.
  • NY Indian Embassy requires 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 the 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.


Difference between Character Certificate and Police Certificate?

Character Certificate is not the same as a police certificate.

Is Indian PCC required for Canada PR Express Entry?

Indian PCC is required for Canadian Express Entry process.

Is Indian Police Clearance required for Australia PR?

Indian police clearance certificate is required for Australia PR.

Is police verification done at Indian Address if applied in Indian Embassy?

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

If your passport was issued in India, the embassy sends the request to the Indian passport office and waits for their response.

Send All Family PCC applications in One Package to Embassy?

You can send all family member’s PCC applications in the same package to the Indian Embassy.

You can send multiple fees checks and multiple applications in the same envelope.

Just make sure that you keep the application form and their fees check separately in a 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 the same time.


Written by Anil Gupta
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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Shauroseni

    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!

  2. Rajani


    I recently submitted my docs to cgisf and it’s almost been a month that the package got delivered for Issuance of PCC. I don’t see any update nor when i try to reach them they never pick the call.
    Everytime i just hear an automated message nothing apart from that.

    Could anyone please let me know how can we contact them. I live in Arizona & i’m currently not able to travel to sfo to enquire.

    It would be helpful if someone can guide me on how to approach them.

    Thanks & Regards,

  3. anil_am22

    Hi @Shauroseni
    Valid i797 is perfectly fine.
    Sorry for late response. This was missed somehow.

  4. anil_am22

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. kavya


    I currently have two options for getting Indian PCC:

    1. Getting from SF Indian Consulate
    2. Asking my parents to get the PCC from India and then send that to me.

    I wanted to see if there is any issue with the second option. As per the CIC page.

    If you live outside of India:
    You can apply at your nearest Indian embassy or consulate.

    Does this means that I can only apply from the nearest Indian Consulate OR are they just giving us an option to get this from either the consulate or India?

  7. StyleMe_Rickle

    Hello Divya !

    could you please shre your experience / results with me as i am in the same boat right now.

    Applied for PCC at SFO consulate in-person in September 1st week. Its been 23 days today.

    I tried calling them, emailing them and even check the status online - no updates from them in any of the tried ways.

    They gave me a receipt and said it would take 1 month after checking my passport and i797. my ITA exipration is approaching in 15 days

    when did you get your PCC? was it within the 30 day time frame that they suggested ?
    What about the extension that you filed ?

    Please share your answers . it would be of great help

  8. Divya

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

  9. Sayali_Yenkar

    Planning to apply in person for my PCC at the Consulate in SF.
    Do I have to submit my passport if I apply in person?

  10. rahul_shrivastava


    Sorry, I forgot to mention form name and all. Attached is the screenshot, I am talking about point 12. It’s in personal particular form.

  11. anil_am22

    Yes, it does mean that you need to share details of all previous and expired passports.

  12. rajeevchandramca

    Could you please confirm if we need to send original passport or notarized copy would suffice for pcc from indian embassy ?

    The information on website says notarized copy.

  13. strngerstruggle

    Hi Anil,
    Thank you for your patient answers. They clarified most of my questions except one important one of mine.

    I am living in US for a few years and currently dont have any address of residence back in India. How do I apply for PCC?
    Thank you,

  14. Akash_Joshi

    New York consulate provides PCC same day. They take roughly 1-1.5 hour.
    It does not matter if your passport was issued at NYC consulate.
    That office is super efficient! Much better than any US government office per my experience.

  15. Ravindra_P_N

    Thanks, @anil_am22.

    Update: I went to Bangalore Passport office today and finished the process there. They asked for police verification because my current passport was issued in Canberra though my permanent address is the same. The police verification happened on the same day after I returned to my place. I am hoping to get the certificate by post soon.


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