Do I Need a Police Clearance From Every Country I Lived In?

13 Mar 2019

We are currently processing our spousal visa application. I have worked in Saudi Arabia, and UAE. Do I need to get police clearances from these locations?

The answer is yes.

You will need police clearances or police certificates from every country that you have worked or lived in since age 16. There are some exceptions to the rule. There are some countries that state that you’re unable to obtain the police certificate if you are no longer living in the country. And since you’ve lived in multiple countries, you’ll need to check that.

To find out if your countries have an exception specifically, go to the Department of State’s website here to pull up the reciprocity schedules and select your country.

Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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