On the website, you can look up police clearance information and requirements for each country. The US one explains how to get the appropriate FBI one (such as approved channelers) and that a state one is required.We just got our first contact from immi this morning (other than the seemingly automated "progressing" email). They want my (sponsor's) US state background check. I had submitted federal but hadn't read anything saying they'd want the state level too. I guess it's probably since I've been in the US so long.
I'm really mad at myself for not submitting it earlier "just in case", and also worried that we've been put back on the bottom of a pile now. I've seen a lot of people waiting a good 2 months or more after they submit additional information. My work contract expires in two months...
But I guess it's good news for the bunch of us overall as it means the US 309s are being worked on!
P.S. The letterhead does say Australian Embassy, Washington.
Scroll down to Police Check and click United States of America.
"'FBI Identity History Summary' issued by the FBI or an approved channeler and a State Police Clearance for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months for the last 12 months."
You certainly don't go to the back of the queue. Some people get grants within hours of submitting required info.