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Old 07-11-2012, 04:02 AM
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Canadian Police Check processsing time

Hi all,

I have applied for my onshore partner visa 2 days ago and received my acknowledgement letter yesterday. The only missing document for my application to continue processing is the Criminal Record Check from the RCMP in Canada. I sent my fingerprints on the 7th June from Australia and I am wondering how long it will take to get it back. I red about 12 weeks? Is that correct? Any of you went through this??

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Hi all,

I have applied for my onshore partner visa 2 days ago and received my acknowledgement letter yesterday. The only missing document for my application to continue processing is the Criminal Record Check from the RCMP in Canada. I sent my fingerprints on the 7th June from Australia and I am wondering how long it will take to get it back. I red about 12 weeks? Is that correct? Any of you went through this??

Cheers.
Hi Vany,

I may not be very helpful, but thought I would respond. My partner is also applying for his PR onshore (being a Canadian) and one of the last components we are waiting on is the Canadian Police Check. We sent ours from the local police station twice - the first time was returned as the police office hadn't filled out the fingerprint form correctly and we were missing the tops of his fingertips, and the reason for the application amongst other things!
The local police office received a letter returning everything about amonth after sending, and it has been about another month since the second re-sending of info (I think that date was the 11th June) .

We were told by an Australian Canadian immigration officer that it could take a couple of months, as the RCMP processing time for Police checks is really slow, but weren't given a specific timeframe. It has been the bane of our existence now for the past couple of months! Haha. Not so much waiting, just the various processes in order to send off- hopefully our forms were filed out correctly by the local police station this time! Feels like we are living in the dark ages with the whole physical ink on the fingerprints, opposed to electronic versions!

My partner is still yet to do his medical, we are waiting for the Canadian Police check before completing that step, and then hopefully can send it all off together. Hopefully it doesn't take longer than 12 weeks!

Sorry I couldn't be of more help! But will let you know when(if!) we receive ours.

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Hi all,

I have applied for my onshore partner visa 2 days ago and received my acknowledgement letter yesterday. The only missing document for my application to continue processing is the Criminal Record Check from the RCMP in Canada. I sent my fingerprints on the 7th June from Australia and I am wondering how long it will take to get it back. I red about 12 weeks? Is that correct? Any of you went through this??

Cheers.

The processing time stated on the RCMP website is inaccurate. It takes 11 weeks for them simply to retrieve your prints from the mailroom, actual processing time is more like 15-16 weeks.

On the government of Canada website it states the minimum processing time to be 150 days! AHHH! I cant enter the link exactly here as I am new to the forum and they wont let me post links, if there is a way to private message me feel free and I will send you the link, again im new to the site and not sure how it works.

My Aus partner visa was due to be approved at the end of this month (July 2012) when my C/O (London Office) contacted me to say I had the wrong Canadian police check (I had name-check only, he needed finger-print background check, big mixup, long irrelevant story).

In a panic I was going to book a flight over from Ireland just to get my prints scanned (Scanned prints take the RCMP only 3 days to process) when I discovered that there are actually several accredited Canadian companies who will digitize your ink prints and submit them electronically for you, for a fee.

As I said there are several companies that provide the service, I used fingerscan.ca and I really must commend their efficiency. I sent my prints (express courier) from Ireland last Tuesday, and they received them on Thursday, digitized the prints, submitted to the RCMP and and sent me a confirmation letter from the RCMP that same day! I am now just waiting for the RCMP to mail me my results (which should take about 2 weeks general mail as the RCMP dont offer a courier service).

Whatever way you look at it, these guys either saved me an additional 5 months waiting, (when my visa was already so close). or they saved me the $1000 I was about to pay to fly over to Toronto for one day to get this thing done.. not to mention the interrogation I would have got at the airport as to why I was flying the whole way across the planet to visit for only a single day. Maybe I've been watching too much Border Patrol but that may not have ended well for my internal cavities.

The whole thing (excluding postage) cost $150, so about twice as much as submitting them direct to the RCMP, but boy was it worth it. I'll keep you posted on when I get the results back, should be about 2 weeks time. Whatever you do dont submit ink prints direct to the RCMP, there are a number of nightmare stories listed on the pomsinoz forum if you search for the "Canadian Criminal Check" thread (again, I cant post links). Hopefully admin will review this and see these links are not promotional and only in the interest of spreading valuable information.

I have been going around like a forum fairy trying to spread the word as the discovery of this service really saved my life on this one, last week I was a total nutbucket worrying about it, now Im so relieved.


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Thank you for your reply Ciara19 and Bagelbagel81.

Ciara19, could you send me the link of the Canadian Government that states the 150 days please? That would be greatly appreciated. I could show this to my processing centre in order for them to grant me a bridging visa B. They dont always grant you Bridging visa B to exit the country temporarily if you have any outstanding documents missing. that frickin police check is the only thing i am missing. My mom is getting married in october and i have booked my tickets. I need that Bridging visa B !!

Thank you for your time


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My e-mail is [email protected]


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Hi Vany,

Just emailed you the link to the canadian gov site. All the best!


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The processing time stated on the RCMP website is inaccurate. It takes 11 weeks for them simply to retrieve your prints from the mailroom, actual processing time is more like 15-16 weeks.

On the government of Canada website it states the minimum processing time to be 150 days! AHHH! I cant enter the link exactly here as I am new to the forum and they wont let me post links, if there is a way to private message me feel free and I will send you the link, again im new to the site and not sure how it works.

My Aus partner visa was due to be approved at the end of this month (July 2012) when my C/O (London Office) contacted me to say I had the wrong Canadian police check (I had name-check only, he needed finger-print background check, big mixup, long irrelevant story).

In a panic I was going to book a flight over from Ireland just to get my prints scanned (Scanned prints take the RCMP only 3 days to process) when I discovered that there are actually several accredited Canadian companies who will digitize your ink prints and submit them electronically for you, for a fee.

As I said there are several companies that provide the service, I used fingerscan.ca and I really must commend their efficiency. I sent my prints (express courier) from Ireland last Tuesday, and they received them on Thursday, digitized the prints, submitted to the RCMP and and sent me a confirmation letter from the RCMP that same day! I am now just waiting for the RCMP to mail me my results (which should take about 2 weeks general mail as the RCMP dont offer a courier service).

Whatever way you look at it, these guys either saved me an additional 5 months waiting, (when my visa was already so close). or they saved me the $1000 I was about to pay to fly over to Toronto for one day to get this thing done.. not to mention the interrogation I would have got at the airport as to why I was flying the whole way across the planet to visit for only a single day. Maybe I've been watching too much Border Patrol but that may not have ended well for my internal cavities.

The whole thing (excluding postage) cost $150, so about twice as much as submitting them direct to the RCMP, but boy was it worth it. I'll keep you posted on when I get the results back, should be about 2 weeks time. Whatever you do dont submit ink prints direct to the RCMP, there are a number of nightmare stories listed on the pomsinoz forum if you search for the "Canadian Criminal Check" thread (again, I cant post links). Hopefully admin will review this and see these links are not promotional and only in the interest of spreading valuable information.

I have been going around like a forum fairy trying to spread the word as the discovery of this service really saved my life on this one, last week I was a total nutbucket worrying about it, now Im so relieved.
Thanks for this info, Ciara! Wish I had have known it back in April when my partner first went to get his fingerprints!

Not sure whether I should re-send a new fingerprints application or wait it out... actually scrap that - I know we will definitely be sending a new application, as I don't want to have to wait another 100 days or so more!

This will be the THIRD time we will have gone to our local police station to get prints now- they will be so sick of us! haha.

You know through this whole application process people have been saying it's the statutory declarations that take the longest - wrong! It's been this god-forsaken Canadian Police check and the ambiguity involved in Australian police figuring out what the heck they are meant to do.

I wrote to the fingerprints.ca people a couple of hours ago and they responded straight away with the forms. Strange thing is within those forms, there is no statement regarding current employment, and it doesn't mention anything about fingertip prints? However if yours were approved, then I wont question it!

Hopefully you get your Canadian Police Record sent real soon

Thanks again!


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Thanks for this info, Ciara! Wish I had have known it back in April when my partner first went to get his fingerprints!

Not sure whether I should re-send a new fingerprints application or wait it out... actually scrap that - I know we will definitely be sending a new application, as I don't want to have to wait another 100 days or so more!

This will be the THIRD time we will have gone to our local police station to get prints now- they will be so sick of us! haha.

You know through this whole application process people have been saying it's the statutory declarations that take the longest - wrong! It's been this god-forsaken Canadian Police check and the ambiguity involved in Australian police figuring out what the heck they are meant to do.

I wrote to the fingerprints.ca people a couple of hours ago and they responded straight away with the forms. Strange thing is within those forms, there is no statement regarding current employment, and it doesn't mention anything about fingertip prints? However if yours were approved, then I wont question it!

Hopefully you get your Canadian Police Record sent real soon

Thanks again!
Hi there, glad to help. The 'finger tips' I believe just mean when you do the flat impressions if done correctly the tips should be included (when you do rolled impressions the tips tend to get left out) that's why they ask for ten flat and ten rolled, the good thing about these guys (fingerscan) is that they send you directions and an example sheet that you can give to the police officer doing your prints.

I've actually had my prints taken several times (used to live in the US do always had to get prints done for American police check when getting Canadian visas.. Man such a rigmarole! Anyways, the FBI do prints the exact same way.. Lord if I ever get booked the arresting officer is going to live me as when it comes to giving prints now I'm like a pro lol. Seems you're almost the same at this stage..

With regard to your standing record application, why don't you try giving them a call / email and see if they've even entered you into the system yet.. If they have not then you should def resubmit, but if they have then maybe they'd be able to give you a revised / updated idea of timeframe.. (note I've called them before and got nothing but answering machines, but I emailed them a few queries (back when I wanted to check this third party service was above board / legit and they got back to me within a day..


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Also with regard to the 'statement regarding current employment', I've never heard of that, I only did what fingerscan asked for and my RCMP confirmation says rhe check is complete and hard copy results are being returned to me so, seems all good. My irish police were very confused by the whole thing too lol but once I gave them the printed instructions that seemed to clear everything up.. Best of luck whatever you decide to do, let is know how it goes.


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Great Idea!

You don't happen to still have the email you used for correspondence (I could look it up myself, but figured I may as well make sure it's the same one you had a good success rate with!)

Thanks for the info regarding fingertips!

I am hoping our latest has been filed, but now unsure whether the last fingertips were done correctly, as they pretty much just added the fingertips only below the old fingerprints- they didn't redo the incorrect ones!

Either way it won't hurt to check via email...


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