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Old 06-10-2014, 12:32 PM
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US FBI Police Check - whats the latest waiting times?

Hi everyone,

My question is - has anyone received their FBI check this year (2014)?

This is my first post and I am really excited to progress my visa applications to stay in Sydney (I am here on a 417 working holiday now).

I have two options - the partner defacto or possibly the skilled immigration. Either visa app needs an FBI check as I lived in the US for a couple of years from 2010.

All previous threads on FBI police check timings are back from mid 2013 or earlier so I wandered what the current wait times are.

I only sent mine off in mid May so I am waiting 6 weeks before calling them up to check on the progress. No money has been taken out at this point (approx 3 weeks since the application was delivered).

I am just a little worried after hearing about so many people getting their prints rejected.

My prints were taken in Sydney and are of the live scan variety - I dont know if these are more likely to be accepted by the FBI.

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this may not be very helpfull too you as we are still in america, but my husband had his prints done this year and it was about 3 months, he had ink prints done tho

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I did ink prints in California and had them processed in less than 2 months. They sent a very basic letter to my house saying I wasn't in the system for any crimes. The place I went to wouldn't let me do livescan for FBI because there was no clear form for FBI livescan. Department of Justice in California was through livescan and took less than a week to process.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Breiza and MessaUSA for the quick responses. Glad that you got your rap sheets without too many problems,

I guess its a little too early for me to get worried

I want to ask, how long did the FBI take to cash out the $18 fee?

(And I hope the live scan will be ok, the local police station here didnt give me the option for ink - I guess its quicker and less messy for them

Thanks!

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sorry i dont really remember how long it took for them to process the money


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I sent ink prints to the FBI at the end of March 2014 and had the letter back with the results in just under 3 weeks. I used a money order so I'm not sure when they cashed it. I gave a US address to send the results to so I think that this helped make the process quicker.

If you don't live in the US you could have a friend there receive them for you and colour scan a copy and email it to you and then send you the original by snail mail?


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I've had to do two, one in 2011, the most recent in 2013. The process in 2011 took 4 months, but the turnaround in 2013 was only 3 weeks! In short, it varies considerably. Plan for a long wait, but hope for the best. As for the prints, don't worry too much. My most recent prints were done by a shaky old constable at a police station in country Victoria, and they were accepted without issue.

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Thanks carobear and johnfm,

Seems like it was quite quick for you guys. We did have friends in New York but didn't think to get the results sent there. I wonder if having a US address does speed it up (postage takes about a week or so I think to Oz).

Hmm, I may give them a quick call at the end of next week then. Another poster on a related thread mentioned that the customer service guys are actually pretty nice and helpful

Cant wait to get these prints - seems like this is one of the most stressful parts of the process (apart from waiting on my IELTS results in a couple of weeks - gulp)

Thanks!

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A friend of mine got his in 6 weeks from the time he sent it in April 2014...I have just sent mine last week from Victoria too but i got ink prints done...So 6-8 weeks is what they are taking this year..


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Thanks Janani,

ok lets keep a track of this I will tell you if I get any progress on my end. 6 weeks would be excellent turn around time if the FBI can do it for us.

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