Partner 820 Final steps... Canadian Criminal check and getting fingerprints in Sydney
Wondering if anyone can help/shed any light here!
Background: English guy applying for Defacto 820 with Aussie partner. Applied last June, and just got the awesome message that we now have a case officer who is reviewing all the final docs (very happy!). They've asked for just one last thing - a criminal check from Canada (I'dlived there for just under a year, then went back on a holiday a couple of years later and therefore have stayed in that country longer than 12 months cumulatively)
RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police ) clearance can take up to 4months due to the way it has to be scanned in and checked out there. I'm going to use a third party affiliate in Canada, that can get the process down to a few weeks max
Anyhow, trouble is this: going into local police stations is proving to be a real pain as they're saying they can only send my prints DIRECT to RCMP, not third party? Or even give me a copy of MY fingerprints to send myself! To be honest, no one there seems to give a straight answer - I went in 2 days ago, they were adamant you can't get Ink prints any more, all digitally scanned. Today I go back, and they say ok we can give Ink prints, but only send to RCMP. Getting very frustrated now.....!
So has anyone here had any luck getting fingerprints done at any Sydney Police stations at all? And where if so/ how was your process? Any advice?