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Hi guys,

My fiancé and I submitted our PMV 300 yesterday.

Long story short. I am the sponsor, an Australian citizen. For the past 18 months I have been in Canada, and the last 12 months been working and living here. I fly back to Australia to live permanently again on December 9th.

Now, I know I need to get a Canadian police check. I was wondering, is it a problem to get it done before I fly home? On say the 3rd of December. Technically I would still be in Canada until the 9th. Or does it have to be after I have left the country.

Organising the Canadian police check back home in Australia would cost a lot more, take a lot longer, and cause potential delays and in general be a lot more stressful. Where as if I do it here, apparently it only takes 3 days to get it mailed to you.

I know I run the risk of it expiring before our grant is hopefully approved, but it seems a lot easier for me. We applied for PMV on the 29th October. And I was planning to do the police check here around the first week of December. So it would still be good for around 13 months. My fiancé the applicant is from Germany, so it will be done through the Berlin office, which have been known to be relatively quick processing times (I hope).

Just looking for advice and answers. Thanks again!
 

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Also, has anyone done a police check here in Canada? Or from back home in Australia?

Very conveniently for me, there is an RCMP literally 200 metres from my apartment. Do I need to call and make an appointment? Or can I just go in there and do it on the spot? I am guessing they conduct it all at the RCMP station.

The RCMP website was not too clear. The fingerprint process confused me too.

Sorry for all the questions
 

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I'm only speculating here - there's not enough precedent really of them requiring sponsor police checks of every sponsor - but IMO case officers would have a bit more flexibility than the strict 12 months validity. Especially if you're no longer living in said country. The 12 month validity dictates the "must enter by" date for visa applicants (on their police checks). As you're already a citizen (or PR for other sponsors) the "must enter by" is irrelevant, so I would think the 12 month validity date is not as strict. But again that's just my opinion. We don't really have enough history as the sponsor police check requirement hasn't been in effect for that long. I'd be happy to be corrected if an RMA (or anyone else) comes along with more knowledge of the issue.
 

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Hi guys,

My fiancé and I submitted our PMV 300 yesterday.

Long story short. I am the sponsor, an Australian citizen. For the past 18 months I have been in Canada, and the last 12 months been working and living here. I fly back to Australia to live permanently again on December 9th.

Now, I know I need to get a Canadian police check. I was wondering, is it a problem to get it done before I fly home? On say the 3rd of December. Technically I would still be in Canada until the 9th. Or does it have to be after I have left the country.

Organising the Canadian police check back home in Australia would cost a lot more, take a lot longer, and cause potential delays and in general be a lot more stressful. Where as if I do it here, apparently it only takes 3 days to get it mailed to you.

I know I run the risk of it expiring before our grant is hopefully approved, but it seems a lot easier for me. We applied for PMV on the 29th October. And I was planning to do the police check here around the first week of December. So it would still be good for around 13 months. My fiancé the applicant is from Germany, so it will be done through the Berlin office, which have been known to be relatively quick processing times (I hope).

Just looking for advice and answers. Thanks again!
Hey Savage Flame,

Nice to see other people here applying from Canada! My partner and I (she's the Aussie) applied for our police checks in September. We went to an accredited company (can provide you with a link if needed) and got them done.

We knew we were running the risk of having them expire before we received a grant, but did it anyways. It took 5 business days and we had our certificates in the mail. Easy peasy. I'd suggest doing it before hand, even with the one year shelf life on the document.

Also, has anyone done a police check here in Canada? Or from back home in Australia?

Very conveniently for me, there is an RCMP literally 200 metres from my apartment. Do I need to call and make an appointment? Or can I just go in there and do it on the spot? I am guessing they conduct it all at the RCMP station.

The RCMP website was not too clear. The fingerprint process confused me too.

Sorry for all the questions
Sorry to double post. But when I called my local RCMP detachment, they said that without a request from the DIBP they couldn't perform our checks. So we went with an accredited company who took our finger prints and then sent them to the RCMP for us. Like I said in my initial post, 5 business days later, we had them.

Let me know if you have any other questions. I'd be happy to help!
 

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I'm only speculating here - there's not enough precedent really of them requiring sponsor police checks of every sponsor - but IMO case officers would have a bit more flexibility than the strict 12 months validity. Especially if you're no longer living in said country. The 12 month validity dictates the "must enter by" date for visa applicants (on their police checks). As you're already a citizen (or PR for other sponsors) the "must enter by" is irrelevant, so I would think the 12 month validity date is not as strict. But again that's just my opinion. We don't really have enough history as the sponsor police check requirement hasn't been in effect for that long. I'd be happy to be corrected if an RMA (or anyone else) comes along with more knowledge of the issue.
Thanks for your help and insights tijanaoc, always appreciated!
 

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Hi guys,

My fiancé and I submitted our PMV 300 yesterday.

Long story short. I am the sponsor, an Australian citizen. For the past 18 months I have been in Canada, and the last 12 months been working and living here. I fly back to Australia to live permanently again on December 9th.

Now, I know I need to get a Canadian police check. I was wondering, is it a problem to get it done before I fly home? On say the 3rd of December. Technically I would still be in Canada until the 9th. Or does it have to be after I have left the country.

Organising the Canadian police check back home in Australia would cost a lot more, take a lot longer, and cause potential delays and in general be a lot more stressful. Where as if I do it here, apparently it only takes 3 days to get it mailed to you.

I know I run the risk of it expiring before our grant is hopefully approved, but it seems a lot easier for me. We applied for PMV on the 29th October. And I was planning to do the police check here around the first week of December. So it would still be good for around 13 months. My fiancé the applicant is from Germany, so it will be done through the Berlin office, which have been known to be relatively quick processing times (I hope).

Just looking for advice and answers. Thanks again!
Hey Savage Flame,

Nice to see other people here applying from Canada! My partner and I (she's the Aussie) applied for our police checks in September. We went to an accredited company (can provide you with a link if needed) and got them done.

We knew we were running the risk of having them expire before we received a grant, but did it anyways. It took 5 business days and we had our certificates in the mail. Easy peasy. I'd suggest doing it before hand, even with the one year shelf life on the document.

Also, has anyone done a police check here in Canada? Or from back home in Australia?

Very conveniently for me, there is an RCMP literally 200 metres from my apartment. Do I need to call and make an appointment? Or can I just go in there and do it on the spot? I am guessing they conduct it all at the RCMP station.

The RCMP website was not too clear. The fingerprint process confused me too.

Sorry for all the questions
Sorry to double post. But when I called my local RCMP detachment, they said that without a request from the DIBP they couldn't perform our checks. So we went with an accredited company who took our finger prints and then sent them to the RCMP for us. Like I said in my initial post, 5 business days later, we had them.

Let me know if you have any other questions. I'd be happy to help!
Thanks so much Eh! I appreciate your help.

My fiancé is German and shes the applicant, and applied through the Berlin (I presume) office.
I am Australian (citizen) but am here in Canada on a Temp resident visa. So I am semi-sort of-Canadian, haha. I fly home to oz in 5 weeks.

Anywho, that is great information. I did not know the RCMP are unable to do so without the DIBP request. That is unfortunate as I have one literally a 2 minute walk away from my house.

If you could send me a link and information of how to go about doing it through an accredited company, the cost and how long it takes that would be amazing! Thank you. I am in Victoria, BC if that helps.

Cheers,
 

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Thanks so much Eh! I appreciate your help.

My fiancé is German and shes the applicant, and applied through the Berlin (I presume) office.
I am Australian (citizen) but am here in Canada on a Temp resident visa. So I am semi-sort of-Canadian, haha. I fly home to oz in 5 weeks.

Anywho, that is great information. I did not know the RCMP are unable to do so without the DIBP request. That is unfortunate as I have one literally a 2 minute walk away from my house.

If you could send me a link and information of how to go about doing it through an accredited company, the cost and how long it takes that would be amazing! Thank you. I am in Victoria, BC if that helps.

Cheers,
All good! Here you go. The cost varies, but I can't imagine you will pay more than $60 each. It's good for one year and if you're headed back to Au in the next month or so, better to have it done before then. Just remember, you and your partner need to bring ID, cash (some places don't accept debit/credit). Call in advance though, get the fee, make sure you take it out of your joint account so you can reference it in your application ;)

Victoria - Canadian Commissionaires. We were going to use this company, unfortunately due to our work schedules we were only able to get this done on a weekend, so we had to go that route.

928 Cloverdale Avenue
Victoria, BC V8X 2T3
Toll Free:
877 322 6777
Phone:
250 727 7755 E 100

Pacific Fingerprinting Services

Metropolitan Victoria

Laura Solley
Victoria, BC
250-891-5821
 

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Thank you so much Eh!

The one you suggested (Canadian commissionaires) is only 1km away from where I live. Nice and convenient.

Do you have to pay RCMP as well? Or just the fingerprinting company who sends the prints to the them?

Appreciate the help!
 

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Thank you so much Eh!

The one you suggested (Canadian commissionaires) is only 1km away from where I live. Nice and convenient.

Do you have to pay RCMP as well? Or just the fingerprinting company who sends the prints to the them?

Appreciate the help!
Nope! You pay the company you get the prints done at, then it's sent to the rcmp. One shot and done.
 

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It's super easy. We were in and out within 20 minutes. We did it on a Saturday, had it back by the following Friday, if I remember correctly.
 

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I'm only speculating here - there's not enough precedent really of them requiring sponsor police checks of every sponsor - but IMO case officers would have a bit more flexibility than the strict 12 months validity. Especially if you're no longer living in said country. The 12 month validity dictates the "must enter by" date for visa applicants (on their police checks). As you're already a citizen (or PR for other sponsors) the "must enter by" is irrelevant, so I would think the 12 month validity date is not as strict. But again that's just my opinion. We don't really have enough history as the sponsor police check requirement hasn't been in effect for that long. I'd be happy to be corrected if an RMA (or anyone else) comes along with more knowledge of the issue.
Hello tijanaoc... :) I have a Q about your timeline... Will PM if that's alright?
 

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I ended up going to Commissionairies Canada in Victoria, and got my digital prints electronically done. Seemed like a very straight forward process.

However, that was on the 16th of November and I still havent received my police check from the RCMP in the mail?

I thought it was only 72 hours and then they mail it (which shouldnt take too long to post).

Its been just under two weeks now, and still nothing. I am starting to get concerned as I leave Canada to fly back home to Oz in about 10 days. I will try call them first thing tomorrow morning (they are closed now in Ottawa and I am in BC), but does anyone have any input or experiences as to why it seems to be taking this long? I know for a fact there is no criminal record on my part haha.

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We verified through the site directly to find out who was able to provide us with a proper RCMP check (with fingerprinting).
We completed ours in June and did not apply until August once they came back. We may just have to reapply.
By the time they verify you at the RCMP level, you will be long gone (Dec 9 or later) before they are able to provide the reply and certificate.
We paid about 80 each here in Toronto for ours, both my spouse/sponsor and myself/applicant.
 

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We verified through the site directly to find out who was able to provide us with a proper RCMP check (with fingerprinting).
We completed ours in June and did not apply until August once they came back. We may just have to reapply.
By the time they verify you at the RCMP level, you will be long gone (Dec 9 or later) before they are able to provide the reply and certificate.
We paid about 80 each here in Toronto for ours, both my spouse/sponsor and myself/applicant.
Thanks for the reply cbr,

I really do apologise, but I am a little confused by your reply.

Which site are you referring to? And when you say you applied in August when they came back - Are you referring to your visa application? When you say by the time they verify you - do you mean the police check etc? It is quoted at 72 hours. Just wondering why you think it will not be done by 9th December?

Again, I thought it was a 72 hour turnaround (plus time for it to arrive by post).

Which company did you go through for your fingerprints to forward on to the RCMP?

Thanks, if you could elaborate a bit more on your post that would be great, I am a little confused.

Cheers!
 

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It's super easy. We were in and out within 20 minutes. We did it on a Saturday, had it back by the following Friday, if I remember correctly.
Hi again Eh, just wondering if you can shed any light on my situation in the newest few posts in this thread. I am a little concerned.

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Hi again Eh, just wondering if you can shed any light on my situation in the newest few posts in this thread. I am a little concerned.

Thanks!
Hey, sorry for the delayed reply. Happy to help.

I ended up going to Commissionairies Canada in Victoria, and got my digital prints electronically done. Seemed like a very straight forward process.
Did you receive any type of reference number with your prints? Not for the purchase of it, but there's a number the company uses that is directly linked with the RCMP.

Edit: Just checked my forms. We received a reference number that started with DCN. There was also an email and a phone number to the RCMP in Ottawa. If you'd like I can PM you those?
 

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Hi again Eh, just wondering if you can shed any light on my situation in the newest few posts in this thread. I am a little concerned.

Thanks!
Hey, sorry for the delayed reply. Happy to help.

I ended up going to Commissionairies Canada in Victoria, and got my digital prints electronically done. Seemed like a very straight forward process.
Did you receive any type of reference number with your prints? Not for the purchase of it, but there's a number the company uses that is directly linked with the RCMP.

Edit: Just checked my forms. We received a reference number that started with DCN. There was also an email and a phone number to the RCMP in Ottawa. If you'd like I can PM you those?
No worries and thanks for the reply!

Yes I did find the DCN reference number, and it also lists a contact number to call, which I googled and is the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa. I called but was on hold for an hour and had to leave to go to work. Will try again tomorrow.

Thanks again for your reply!
 

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Uh oh. Not a good situation for me.

Upon looking over my print out from the Commissionaries, it turns out the apartment number is missing from the address provided!

This is not ideal, as I literally leave Canada next Friday, and it is now Saturday so I cannot call anyone until Monday morning.

I am positive it will get sent back as undeliverable to the RCMP in Ottawa. It is my friends address too, so the mailman/apartment owner will not be able to link my name to the address.

To top it all off, DIBP have just requested Medicals and police checks.

Agh
 

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We verified through the site directly to find out who was able to provide us with a proper RCMP check (with fingerprinting).
We completed ours in June and did not apply until August once they came back. We may just have to reapply.
By the time they verify you at the RCMP level, you will be long gone (Dec 9 or later) before they are able to provide the reply and certificate.
We paid about 80 each here in Toronto for ours, both my spouse/sponsor and myself/applicant.
Thanks for the reply cbr,

I really do apologise, but I am a little confused by your reply.

Which site are you referring to? And when you say you applied in August when they came back - Are you referring to your visa application? When you say by the time they verify you - do you mean the police check etc? It is quoted at 72 hours. Just wondering why you think it will not be done by 9th December?

Again, I thought it was a 72 hour turnaround (plus time for it to arrive by post).

Which company did you go through for your fingerprints to forward on to the RCMP?

Thanks, if you could elaborate a bit more on your post that would be great, I am a little confused.

Cheers!
Suppose I was a bit vague... depending on the time of day or who is at my feet (I have two littles needing me often) I may have missed some key points there...
We applied in June for my rcmp check with the intent on lodging the 309 once it came back but we had delays with 888 stat decs coming back to us timely and a few other things... we did get my check back by end of June and once the majority was compiled we lodged beginning of August even tho my rcmp check will expire early next June... may or may not be adequate time for a decision but we will cross that bridge later.
I found out about the place we went to for checks through the department website to make sure it was a legit choice... link after link took us to the company that could conduct the checks that the Australia DIBP would accept.
Hope this clarifies your q's.
 
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