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Does fingerprint expire? (Singapore COC)


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Old 02-18-2020, 07:50 AM
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Does fingerprint expire? (Singapore COC)

I was a previous S Pass holder in Singapore (2011 - 2014). Currently live in Australia since 2015. Applied for on shore spouse visa in November 2018. I thought I would be requested to get COC immediately. So in September 2018, I went to VIC police station to get my fingerprints taken. I had downloaded the form from the SPF website. The VIC police didn't ask for a reference letter from SPF as long as I had the fingerprint form.

Nearly 15 months have passed, recently I received a request from DBIP to get COC. I already made an appeal on SPF website and now waiting for their reply. I tried calling SPF (if I need new fingerprints taken) but nobody answered. Sent my inquiry through email too but no respond. I wonder why they put their contact details if they don't bother to reply

The officer whom took my fingerprints said there's no expiry date on my fingerprints. As long as my fingerprints are still crisp and clear which they do. I turned to Google, one page on US gov immigration confirms this. However, what matters is what SPF thinks. Do any of you have similar experience?

Kindly advise me on this. Thanks


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Fingerprints do not expire.

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Old 02-19-2020, 02:11 AM
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hi there, I have the similar situation with you. I have done fingerprints in QLD police station in 2013 for my work visa in Australia. Now I am applying for my partner visa, which requires COC again, I am not sure if I can use the previous fingerprint to apply for a new COC.
I have not done the appeal yet, as I don't have my Singapore IC anymore. How did you get through the COC appeal?


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Old 02-19-2020, 05:38 AM
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hi there, I have the similar situation with you. I have done fingerprints in QLD police station in 2013 for my work visa in Australia. Now I am applying for my partner visa, which requires COC again, I am not sure if I can use the previous fingerprint to apply for a new COC.
I have not done the appeal yet, as I don't have my Singapore IC anymore. How did you get through the COC appeal?
Just go through their website (SPF website) https://eservices.police.gov.sg/cont...rance-hub.html

You will need your IC number and scan for the document attachment in PDF. Fortunately I scanned my card (front and back) and embarkation letter before leaving Singapore. My rule of thumb is always have digital copy of my documents before leaving a country. I am still waiting for the SPF response after my appeal.

I may use my old fingerprints and see how it goes. But I will need more research for this. Depends how much time I have. As far as I remember the booking process was quite a while. Although the fingerprinting process only took less than an hour. Kindly share your research with me


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Old 02-19-2020, 05:41 AM
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Fingerprints do not expire.
Thank you for your reply. If you were in my shoes, you would use my current fingerprint taken in 2018?

I may use it and see how it goes. As far as I remember the booking process to get my fingerprints taken at VIC police took a while. If I have more time to spare, I will take new ones.


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hi there, I have the similar situation with you. I have done fingerprints in QLD police station in 2013 for my work visa in Australia. Now I am applying for my partner visa, which requires COC again, I am not sure if I can use the previous fingerprint to apply for a new COC.
I have not done the appeal yet, as I don't have my Singapore IC anymore. How did you get through the COC appeal?
Just go through their website (SPF website) https://eservices.police.gov.sg/cont...rance-hub.html

You will need your IC number and scan for the document attachment in PDF. Fortunately I scanned my card (front and back) and embarkation letter before leaving Singapore. My rule of thumb is always have digital copy of my documents before leaving a country. I am still waiting for the SPF response after my appeal.

I may use my old fingerprints and see how it goes. But I will need more research for this. Depends how much time I have. As far as I remember the booking process was quite a while. Although the fingerprinting process only took less than an hour. Kindly share your research with me
thank god, I just found my IC copy in an archive file. I will try to appeal online tomorrow.
did you receive a letter from the immigration officer requesting the COC? I saw it requires an official doc stating why you need COC and for what purpose …


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Yes, my agent sent me an email with an attachment of the DBIP request to get COC. It's one of the documents you need to attach for your appeal. Good luck! Let me know how it goes with the fingerprints. SPF hasn't replied my email yet


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Old 02-21-2020, 05:23 AM
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Yes, my agent sent me an email with an attachment of the DBIP request to get COC. It's one of the documents you need to attach for your appeal. Good luck! Let me know how it goes with the fingerprints. SPF hasn't replied my email yet
Hi, I also send SPF an email but haven't got a reply yet.I also want to check if they can take previous fingerprint as I don;t want to waste time and money to post the previous one if they can't accept it .

I haven't heard from CO as yet, but in your case, you have a timeframe to supply docs to the department, so it's more urgent.
how frustrated they don't reply to you!


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Old 02-21-2020, 09:35 AM
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UPDATE: I received an email from SPF to mail my fingerprint. I checked the latest availability to get new fingerprints taken at VIC Police is 6 March. That’s a week away from the due date to provide COC. So I sent my 2018 fingerprints. It will take 2 days to arrive by express post. But because today is Friday, very likely SPF will look at it on Monday. Hopefully they will prompt me soon enough if it’s acceptable

COC replied my email last night but they didn’t answer my question. It sounds like an automated reply that fingerprints hard copy is required apply for the COC


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Old 02-26-2020, 12:54 PM
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UPDATE: My COC is on the way. I’m using my old fingerprints taken in 2018. They are still crisp and clear. As per my case, SPF thinks that it’s sufficient to approve my COC.


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