Bong Voyage, our perpetual immigrant visa applicant, is at the U.S. Embassy for his visa interview.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Good morning, Mr. Voyage. I see you are applying today for an E3 employment visa. Have you ever lived or worked outside of the Philippines before?
Bong Voyage: Yes, I was a nurse in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Great experience! How long did you reside in each place?
Bong Voyage: Hhmmm, well I was in Singapore for almost two years, Saudi for three years, and the U.K. for just six months.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: Were you able to obtain police clearances from Singapore and Saudi Arabia?
Bong Voyage: No Sir, I was not aware these documents were required for my visa. Do I need them from Singapore and Saudi? What about the U.K? I worked there too.
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: A police clearance is required for any immigrant visa applicant who has resided in a foreign country for a period exceeding one year. With that in mind, your six month residence in the U.K. does not necessitate a police clearance. In addition, police clearances are not available to those residing outside Saudi Arabia. The Singapore police clearance, however, is available to non-residents, so we request that you go ahead and obtain one.
As you can see, the rules regarding obtaining police clearances from former countries of residence can be a bit confusing! When you go home, you may wish to consult our website for specific instructions on how to obtain certain foreign country clearances. Just click here and look under “police” for your former country of residence.
Bong Voyage: Ok, so I guess for me, I just need the Singapore police clearance then? Does that mean I will not be issued my E3 visa today?
Consul Jimmy Murdochs: That’s correct, Mr. Voyage. Your case will be temporarily refused until you submit the necessary police clearance from Singapore. Once we receive this document, we will review it for any criminal history that may render you inadmissible to the United States. If your police record indicates no criminal convictions, then we will move forward with processing your visa.
Bong Voyage: Ah, I see. Thanks so much! I guess I’m one step closer to getting my immigrant visa!
Note: Philippine police (NBI) or foreign police clearances should be in the applicant’s current name, birth certificate name, maiden name, and any aliases or nicknames used, including different spellings used of those names.