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Hi everyone,

I am a bit confused when it comes to obtaining a California State Police Check. I am not from the USA, I am from Mexico but commuted daily to study Uni in San Diego (I explained this to my case officer) and she replied with this:

Please apply for a California State police check. Further details are available at http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...cter-penal.pdf

This link only gives me instructions on what I have to do to obtain an FBI check, not just a California one.

I've done some googling here and there and I found that I just need to get fingerprinted and send it away to Sacramento. Is this all I have to do or do I need any special documents? Also, it says on the little form I have to send away to Sacramento: "This application is not to be used to obtain a copy of your record to furnish to another person or agency for immigration, visa, employment, licensing, or certification purposes (refer to Penal Code Section 11125 on the reverse). Please show the reason for your request in the space provided below." So.... what reason should I state? Since apparently it cannot be used for immigration and visa? ...

Thanks everyone for their help!


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Hi everyone,

I am a bit confused when it comes to obtaining a California State Police Check. I am not from the USA, I am from Mexico but commuted daily to study Uni in San Diego (I explained this to my case officer) and she replied with this:

Please apply for a California State police check. Further details are available at http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...cter-penal.pdf

This link only gives me instructions on what I have to do to obtain an FBI check, not just a California one.

I've done some googling here and there and I found that I just need to get fingerprinted and send it away to Sacramento. Is this all I have to do or do I need any special documents? Also, it says on the little form I have to send away to Sacramento: "This application is not to be used to obtain a copy of your record to furnish to another person or agency for immigration, visa, employment, licensing, or certification purposes (refer to Penal Code Section 11125 on the reverse). Please show the reason for your request in the space provided below." So.... what reason should I state? Since apparently it cannot be used for immigration and visa? ...

Thanks everyone for their help!
Immi people abroad are known to have their own variations of requirements per what the Immi site says and from what you have stated the CO has done that for quite clearly http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/char...cter-penal.pdf indicates non residents should get a FBI check but I suspect by that they mean someone who has still resided for a period in the US without being classed a resident, whereas your situation is different if you have been commuting from Mexico.

The CO seems to consider that you ought to be classed as a resident re the SoC request whereas for residents, there is both state and FBI clearances required, so the CO is sort of taking the middle road.

I'm not familiar with the SoC form you're referring to for sending to Sacramento but I'd not be too concerned re their note on the back [ maybe it is there because the FBI check is considered the normal check ] for if that is all the CO requires, maybe she'll be happy with that.

If you're concerned about wasting time because if you send her the SoC report, she may reject it because of the note or the SoC will not do it because of your reason, I'd contact her and say
1. the SoC check will have the note - explain what it is and that you need to put a reason in - ask whether she can provide a written request to accompany your application to SoC.
In any case or if the CO agrees, your reason is that you are applying for immigration but because you are a frequent visitor to the US but not resident there, the Australian Immigration department has decided that an FBI check is not required and a state check will suffice.
2. the PCC Immi data clearly says non residents should get an FBI check.
And that you just wanted to confirm with her that the SoC check will be OK and that an FBI check is not required.

If it is too hard for the either the CO or SoC police to get their heads around, maybe the answer is just to go for the FBI check per being a non resident as specied in the Immi document.





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Just following up with the topic I started...

Indeed the California background check was enough. Since I had never lived in the USA, just commuted back and forth from Mexico.

And the form I was confused about, isn't the one I needed to fill in. In order to ask for a background check in California for a specific purpose (i.e. visas, immigration, foreign adoption) you need another form.

I'm gonna attach the link to the website in case anyone needs it in the future...

Applicants - Background Checks - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

Thanks for your help Wanderer, and sorry for the late response.


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Just following up with the topic I started...

Indeed the California background check was enough. Since I had never lived in the USA, just commuted back and forth from Mexico.

And the form I was confused about, isn't the one I needed to fill in. In order to ask for a background check in California for a specific purpose (i.e. visas, immigration, foreign adoption) you need another form.

I'm gonna attach the link to the website in case anyone needs it in the future...

Applicants - Background Checks - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

Thanks for your help Wanderer, and sorry for the late response.
It is good it has worked out Pinky and sometimes it is just a case of pursuing with right questions.
Thanks for the feedback and hope the rest of the visa application is going well.





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Hi Pinky,

I am not sure if you're still checking this forum as you have now had your visa granted , but if so, I was wondering if you would be able to share any info. While not exactly in the same situation, my boyfriend and I are planning on applying for the de facto visa and will be doing so from El Salvador.

You are the only person I have found so far to have applied from Central America! If you could spare some advice, it would be greatly appreciated

Will wait to see if you're still around
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what is a non-resident and a resident?


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Hi Pinky,

I am not sure if you're still checking this forum as you have now had your visa granted , but if so, I was wondering if you would be able to share any info. While not exactly in the same situation, my boyfriend and I are planning on applying for the de facto visa and will be doing so from El Salvador.

You are the only person I have found so far to have applied from Central America! If you could spare some advice, it would be greatly appreciated

Will wait to see if you're still around
Genga
Hi Genga,

Rarely do I get emails from this forum anymore, since it's been a long time since I post anything. But I got yours, so consider yourself lucky!
I can relate with you, because it was very hard to find anyone from Mexico or Central America that plans on moving to Australia.
If you want, start a new thread so we don't go off topic on this one or send me a private message over here and I'll give you my email so I can share some information with you.

Have a nice day and good luck with the application!


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what is a non-resident and a resident?
Well, a Resident is someone who has authorization (immigrant or citizen) to live in a determined Country. (i.e. I am from Mexico so by default I am a resident of Mexico, but as an immigrant I am now a Resident of Australia too).

Hope that helps.


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Thanks! But there is a temporary resident and a permanent resident. Is someone on a working visa (H1B/L1) or some other visa a resident or non-resident?

Or is a resident a green card holder or a citizen?


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