Thank you OhCanadiana for your reply. My understanding was that PCC is not needed for SaudiArabia at this stage and you are also saying the same.
That's true if you are applying to London Visa Office and currently live in KSA. Remember, though, that you do need to send the PCCs for any other countries you've lived in for more than 6 months since you were 18 years old (and in some cases 16 years old).
I have another query: In the Document Checklist form IMM5612, point # 12 says that Format of Visa office specific document checklist is COPY. Does it mean that all the documents that are to be submitted from Visa office specific document checklist must be Copy (not original)?
However, when we go to Visa office specific document checklist (Appendix A), it asks some things as original like IELTS (original), Transcripts (orginal) etc.
Can you help me in understanding this thing because if I submit the originals by mistake they will probably not be returned. I know, previously, "Visa office specific document checklist" is required in second step with originals but not sure about the current regulations.
After the new Ministerial Instructions were issued on June 26, 2010, the CIC started changing all the instructions to indicate that you need to send all the documents requested in the visa office specific instructions for the visa office that you select to the CIO with your initial application. The CIC also issued an Operating Bulletin indicating that now the CIO will forward all applications to the visa office and the Backgrounder indicates that the simplified application has been eliminated (and the 120 day period to send documents to the visa office has also been eliminated). I included all the links to these in my prior posts in this thread so you can read them and make your own assessment for your situation.
Based on the above, my read is that you need to send in all the documents included in the visa office checklist in the format requested by the visa office checklist (mostly notarized copies) and a copy of the checklist with the items marked off. Thus, for most visa offices you would need to send in very few original documents, which are labeled as such on the checklist. Typically, originals include:
- PCCs (+translation by an accredited translator)
- the original language test results (IELTS, CELPIP, and/or TEF)
- sealed transcripts
- original signatures on a copy of the application forms
For everything else requested, unless the checklist requests "original" DO NOT send in an original document. Instead, send in notarized copies.
The exception is that - for some items, some visa offices only ask for regular photocopies (e.g., for passport copy). If that's the case for you, you can save some money by not notarizing those. However, if you notarize everything you'll be ok so if you're not sure, just notarize the photocopy.