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Immigrant Visas

Police Certificates

Each visa applicant over the age of 16 must present police certificates. Police certificates must cover the entire period of the applicant's residence in any area. The term "police certificate" means a certification by appropriate police authorities stating what their records show concerning each applicant, including all arrests, the reasons for the arrests, and the disposition of each case of which there is a record. Police certificates from certain countries are considered unobtainable. For more information on police certificate requirements see the chart below:

IF the applicant... ...AND THEN the applicant needs
a police certificate from…
is residing in India and his or her Indian passport was issued within past 6 months is 16 years old or older 1. Passport Office Certificate
passport was issued more than 6 months prior to visa application is 16 years old or older 1. Passport office
2. The district police office serving the applicant's place of residence
is an Indian passport holder and is staying outside India is 16 years old or older 1. Applicant's local Embassy or Consulate confirming he/she has no criminal record (a statement from Embassy or Consulate is acceptable)
is an Indian passport holder and currently resident in India, but has lived in another country (except for the U. S.). lived in the foreign country for twelve or more months after reaching the age of 16 years. 1. Passport office
2. District police office serving the applicant's place of residence (if the passport was issued more than 6 months prior to visa application).
3. Country of previous residence, if available. More information can be found here.
is a non-Indian immigrant visa applicant residing in India is 16 years old or older District police station serving the area of residence

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a police clearance certificate from India for an immigrant visa?

Yes. If you are an Indian citizens age 16 or older and currently residing in India, with a passport issued MORE THAN six months prior to your interview date, you should obtain a police clearance certificate from BOTH the nearest Indian Passport Office and the District Police in the area in which you reside. However, if your passport was issued LESS THAN six months prior to your interview date, you only need a police clearance certificate from your nearest Indian Passport Office.

I currently live outside of India. Do I still need a police certificate?

Yes. If you are an Indian citizens age 16 or older and live outside of India, you should obtain a statement from the Indian Embassy or Consulate serving the area in which you live that indicates whether or not you have a criminal record. You will also need to obtain a Police Clearance from the country in which you live, as detailed below.

If I have lived in another country besides India, do I need a police clearance certificate from that country for an immigrant visa?

In most cases, you require a police certificate from any third country in which you have lived for 12 or more months.. In some cases, police certificates are unobtainable. More information on this subject can be found here.

To find information for the country in which you lived, click on letter at the top that represents the first letter of the country in which you lived. For details on how to obtain a police clearance certificate, please contact the nearest Consulate or Embassy of the country in which you have lived.

Will my spouse or children require police clearance certificates?

All immigrant visa applicants are subject to the above police certificate requirements.