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Bom Dia alegria! Ola a todos!

The Portuguese consulate understandably lists home country criminal checks as a requirement for the D7 visa application. 

Is there a rule about how many days old the backcheck report needs to be when submitting it to the consulate? I thought I saw a requirement somewhere that said the backcheck can't be older than 3 months at the time of the appointment but I cannot find this information anywhere. Any information I do find makes no mention of how old the backcheck is allowed to be.

Could someone please clarify if you have information on this?

I have an appointment in June and am not sure whether to wait another month to start the backcheck process.

Obrigado!

Ash

 

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Hi there Ash. If you are speaking about the background check, in the USA, it is indeed 3 months. I can't find where I saw it last, but we too are working with Eimigrante, and our migration specialist confirmed that it's only valid for 3 months. 

Also - if you're American, here's the FBI site. Electronic Departmental Order (cjis.gov) If you get your prints taken, REQUEST your FBI check through this electronic portal, then MAIL your physical fingerprint cards WITH The confirmation of your electronic application request, pretty quick turn around. 

Just make sure when you apply through this site, and request to have your results mailed to your home...that you DO NOT OPEN the envelope. If you do, then you'll have to go to the extra lengths and get their findings 'apostilled'. Extra time, money, and headache. 

If you have an appointment in June, you have options. Mail in prints and application can take 12+ weeks for your result, after they receive them. Physical prints + electronic application, supposed to be 3-5 business days once they receive your prints. 

All the best!

char

 

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Sorry.. just now see you're from Canada. Not sure what your rules/regs are. 

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Hey there @Charw23 !

Thank you for the clarification. The process of obtaining clearance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (our version of the FBI) is indeed a little different. For other Canuks out there this page has more information.
Essentially, you will have to email CCRTIS-SCICTR@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call +1 (613)-998-6362 to receive the latest list of RCMP accredited fingerprinting agencies and pick the nearest one to connect with and book an appointment to get your electronic prints recorded and sent in. Everything else is the same including NOT opening the results that are sent back.

I guess I will wait a bit to ensure the results are not older than 3 months when I show up at the Consulate in Vancouver.

Obrigado!

Ash

 

 

 

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Hi there @ash001. We are Canucks living in Vancouver and are in the process of preparing our D7 visa application for Portugal.  We are hoping you can provide some insight if you've already completed the step of submitting your security clearance.  Regarding the security clearance, I understand it will have to be apostilled (authenticated).  Do you know if the security clearance needs to be authenticated and legalized by the consulate before submission or just authenticated?  My sense is it needs to only be authenticated as it is being submitted for the consulate's use anyway.  If anyone else has any further information regarding this it would be great to hear from you.

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It is impossible to get a useable set of finger prints. I failed post office electronic and 4 sets of ink and paper prints submitted to FBI. VFS told me to submit medical record from my doctor. I got a call today from VFS that they’re going to reject my application bc no FBI background check. The problem is FBI will not run a name check or help in any way. They consider D7 application my personal business. VFS says FBI should provide another kind of background check. Appears Portugal has no plan B for applicants wo ability to get finger prints. Any one heard of this problem? 

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@goldendoodle

Did your post office use any alternative methods to pick up your prints?  Ours had us use some Cornhusker's Lotion before placing our hands on the reader.  It must have worked because ours went through without a hitch.

Sorry to hear about your difficulty.  Keep us posted.

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@antifiat did that first. There is no dispute that I have no useable prints. Can’t run name search bc FBI won’t allow. Must be a state or federal agency with some legal reading. To run name check.

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@goldendoodle

I’m sure a solution can be found. One would think that a valid alternative is available. Please let us know here in the forum what resolution find for your case. What a crazy situation for you. 🙁

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@antifiat I agree. It seems like there would be a solution. I wonder how the Portuguese consulate has handled similar cases? Requiring something that is physically impossible makes no sense.

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@goldendoodle Did you figure out how to get an acceptable background check? My wife has the same problem -- 3 tries rejected by FBI. One ink, two Livescan by local sheriffs.  It's been suggested that we use state based checks, some of which are name based instead...

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