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Old 01-22-2011, 03:31 AM
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Confused by Police clearance requirement for defacto spouse visa

Hi

Some quick stats:

application date: 8 April, 2010
location: Melbourne
Countries lived in for 12 months or more: USA, Vietnam
citizenship: USA, Peru

So, my case officer recently contacted me requesting a Police Clearance from the UK because the total amount of time I have spent there over the last ten years supposedly added up to 12 months (not true: I just counted the days and it came to 360). My first visit to the UK was for 1 month in 2001. My longest single visit to the UK was for 6 months on the BUNAC scheme in 2007. All of my visits between 2001 and 2007 have ranged from 1 day to two and a half months.

I was under the impression that the "12 months spent in a country" qualification for a police clearance meant that the 12 months should at least be SOMEWHAT consecutive!!!?? Have I just been foolishly mistaken this whole time? I have already submitted clearances from the US and from Vietnam (which, of course, was its own pain in the butt to get!!!) so am I really supposed to provide one from the UK in this case?


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Old 01-22-2011, 04:57 AM
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What is on the Immi web site is the basics and it's at the discretion of assessing people if they ask for more.
It's a case of don't argue, just do or see if you can get out of it in a roundabout way, ie.

You may have been given something like 28 days to privide that and yet information from the Oz H.C in London says it can take something like seven weeks and perhaps it will take even longer from abroad, so you could send a nice email to the CO and say

Re the 28 days you have given me [ if the case ] [ or if no time given - seeing as it seems ] processing time for the PCC in UK is I understand seven weeks and it'll take me time to arrange it, is that OK. [ and then just chip in ]
I would have arranged it earlier if I had known I would have to supply one from the UK but I had only been there intermittently with longest stay of six months.

You never know, you could get lucky with a change of mind but I'd get your request for it underway anyway.





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What is on the Immi web site is the basics and it's at the discretion of assessing people if they ask for more.
It's a case of don't argue, just do or see if you can get out of it in a roundabout way, ie.

You may have been given something like 28 days to privide that and yet information from the Oz H.C in London says it can take something like seven weeks and perhaps it will take even longer from abroad, so you could send a nice email to the CO and say

Re the 28 days you have given me [ if the case ] [ or if no time given - seeing as it seems ] processing time for the PCC in UK is I understand seven weeks and it'll take me time to arrange it, is that OK. [ and then just chip in ]
I would have arranged it earlier if I had known I would have to supply one from the UK but I had only been there intermittently with longest stay of six months.

You never know, you could get lucky with a change of mind but I'd get your request for it underway anyway.
Thanks for the info. Luckily, I was ultimately not asked for the UK police clearance and I received my acceptance letter in the mail this afternoon! Now I can breathe a lot more easily


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