Police Clearance Certificate


Can I get the police clearance certificate from the Consulate General of India in Houston



Do people who get ITA always get PR?
PCC from indian consulate

If you’re currently in the US, you can do that. My friend did that and he got it in a couple of weeks. The link you have provided describes the instructions.


Thanks KayKay. Can I start this process before I get the invite. Thanks


Yes. You can start this process before you get the invite. Except medicals, it s good to start everything else before you get the invite cos medicals need to be valid for at least a year when you eventually move in to Canada.


Start getting the FBI clearance as early as possible it takes pretty long. The Indian consultant in SF did my clearance in less than a week.


I am on H1b in US. Currently on vacation in India.I thought of getting police verification to be done in India.
Is there any standard format/template I need to get it verified? I am not sure if it can be done at my local police station or have to go to the city ? Has anyone done it in India?


It can be done at the passport office. Here’s a link for the process:



I did mine when I was in the USA. Got mine from SFO within two weeks!

Don’t know about India though, I heard it was slow but maybe others have a different experience.


Hi, is anyone aware of the process of getting a PCC from the Washington DC India embassy?


-For the applicant’s current country of residence, the police certificate must have been issued no more than six months before the submission of the e-APR.
-For countries in which the applicant no longer resides, the police certificate must have been issued after the last time the applicant lived in that country.

Above excerpt from the CIC website. I have two following questions.

  1. FBI verification shouldn’t be more than 6 months, and On the FBI website it says that the electronic applications are processed in 5 business days (https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks) So isn’t it good to wait until you get ITA to get the FBI verification done? Anybody with experience of submitting electronic application to the FBI?

  2. Say if I get the police verification from the Indian embassy in March 2018, and I travel to India in April 2018 . Can I use the March’s police verification on my e-APR or need an updated verification?

  1. “Any place where you have lived more than 6 months” so u dont need a new one.


For question 1, check this thread:


Hello Forum Members,

Quick question regarding FBI fingerprint verification process. Since FBI launched the facility for electronic processing of Identity History Summary Checks, they have provided two options for delivering the report. As per the website “There are two options to receive your results: 1) E-mail with a secure link and personal identification number or 2) First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service, if requested. You will need your original confirmation e-mail to access your results.”

Which option have you selected. If anyone has opted for option 1 - email wiith secure link- How did you submit the report to Canadian authorities ?


I’m editing my previous reply as I misread your question. This secure link you mention is just a way to download a PDF of the letter that they would mail to you.

And since since you need to upload a PDF copy in the first place you don’t have to wait for a paper copy to then convert back to PDF. You’ll see a link to download on same page as your confirmation.


Thank you for the clarification !


what is the process to get verification from Indian Embassy?
Do we need to personally visit there or we can apply online or by post?
Please clarify and explain.


I sent my passport and application to Houston with a money order. Got the Police Clearance Certificate in a week




For SF I drove down to the Indian Consulate. Took about a week and I got text message alerts through the process. This was a couple years ago.


Yep, same for SF. It was surprisingly painless - though the consulate was like a little bastion of inefficiency in the middle of SF.


Ha ha Love how you put it. I recollect they were busy with tea and conversation we had to wait. I remember thinking how I for a few minutes forgot that right outside the door was the great tech center of SF :slight_smile: