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thefairy

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Hi another question:
I entered canada as a visitor and stayed almost 6 months, then left and re-enter Canada and stayed again not even 6 months. Does it mean I need a police clearance from Canada too? I thought it is only if you have been for 6 months or more consecutively
 

DutchMan

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I was in Canada for over 7 months, but with gaps. I was asked to send my fingerprints to RCMP to be checked.
I do not think you can do it upfront, because you have to mention your CIC filenumber and processing embassy. RCMP send results directly to the processing embassy.
 

thefairy

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Thanks. So I understand you didnt stay in Canada for those 7 months straight but entered and re-entered right? In what part of the application processing did they ask you for the fingerprints? even if i entered as a visitor each time and stayed less of 6 months each time, will i need this?
 

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If it helps, my situation was that I'd been in Canada for more than six months (with legal temporary status) at the time we submitted our application, too. I was worried about the RCMP clearance, knowing it was supposed to take 120+ days to get results, but the application instructions said not to order one unless you're asked. All I could see was delays, delays, delays!

It turned out that they do an RCMP name check on you immediately after receiving your application, and if your name comes back with no "hits", you're good. If your name check does produce a "hit", they will send you a letter asking that you get a fingerprint check done. With this letter you can go to an agency like Commissionaires (and there's another that I can't think of the name of right now) and they can do a digital scan which sends results to CIC within 72 hours. Without that letter Commissionaires can only do a standard fingerprint clearance request - so the letter is important. But at least you know that, in that eventuality, it will not take 4 months to get results.

So - wait to hear from CIC and don't worry in the meantime.
 

DutchMan

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I entered Canada a few times as temporary visitor, had my 3 month visa extended once. In total around 7 months, back and forth to my home country.
I was asked for my fingerprints around 2 months after the embassy started processing my file.
I did it in paper (not electronically) but the results where back at the processing embassy within 2 months, although their website says 120+ days.

Good luck and don't worry. It takes time, but if you are genuine you will get there eventually. Took me 11 months in total.

Flying to Halifax coming tuesday.

Good luck!
DutchMan
 

thefairy

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thank you! I hope the dont ask me for it, cause as you say its all about delays, delays , delays
 

eduardoF

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if you are in canada, you can always go to the police station and submit your fingerprints electronically, on a voluntary basis. that way, when CIC looks for it, it's already there and you avoid waiting for them to communicate with you...
 

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unfortunately im not in canada. I also had to request fingerprints from the FBI since I was a US resident. Im hoping ,since i didnt stay for over 6 months on each on my TRV I wont need fingerprints with RCMP, but u never know. Since Im not in Canada anymore it can tak forever.