BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?

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Subject: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?
  This is the 5th month in waiting to hear from Buffalo since all Docs have been submitted, I got a letter from them stating that BG Check in process. I tried to see what is the BG Check as I have already submitted PCs. Well could not get any detailed info, but here is some info* for all who are wondering what it is and how long it takes:


5.1 What is police clearance?

Police clearance is a document that certifies that an individual has no criminal record. Applicant and each dependent over the age of 18 must provide no criminal record certificates from all countries where they resided for 6 months or more since the age of 18 years.

5.2 When should police clearance be submitted?

Police clearance documents must be submitted together with application forms, supporting documents and processing fees. Visa offices accept only original no criminal record certificates. Visa offices usually consider them valid for 6 months since the issue date.

5.3 What if police authorities refuse to provide the certificate?

Visa offices assume that police clearance must be obtained. In case of refusal, applicant can submit the official refusal letter instead.

5.4 What is background check?

Background check is conducted to check out if applicant or any of his dependents could be involved in espionage or terrorism activities or be of any other danger to Canada. Background check starts shortly after the application was logged in and is conducted parallel to application consideration without applicant´s participation.

5.5 How long does the background check take?

There is no set timeframe for background check. Its duration can be affected by such factors as military service, foreign trips, membership in political organizations. It takes as much time as it requires.

5.6 What is security interview?

Security interview is different from selection interview. It is a part of the background check and designed for the same purpose as background check. Applicant can be called to security interview even if selection interview has been waived.

Spike Me
(in reply to: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?)
whats your timeline please?

(in reply to: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?)
I am also waiting on background checks for my Tunisian husband. It is taking forever. He handed in all his documents and already did his medicals, so what is taking so long?

I am doing the spousal sponsorship in Paris.

process started Sept 2004
certificat de selection January 2005
letter of acknowledgement from Paris January 2005
letter for missing documents and medicals April 2005

What is going on? When will we get an answer and does anybody know the next step?


(in reply to: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?)
Applied (Buffalo) : 01/2004
AOR : 02/2004
IA : 10/2004
Medicals : 11/2004
Other Docs (FBI, RPRF, PCCs, Letter from Employer Etc.) : 01/2005

Sent Fax 2 times (April, May)
Got Letter in May stating BG Check in process.

Spike Me
refusal of immigration application (in reply to: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?)
I applied for permanent residence to canada under skilled worker category. i was refused because i got only 61 points, i was not given points on my work experience as finance supervisor, as i have not provided evidence to support it, but in my job description as senior accountant, finance functions are included, ive been an accountant in my own right ( not license) working for 21 years, and currently a college instructor since 2008 to present, please advise me if i am eligible to appeal, thanks, from philippines
Zen jesalva
(in reply to: BG Check - What is it? How long will it take?)
no appeals on a federal skilled worker application. You can try again... but don´t waste your time if you cannot match the accepted NOC codes, and verify how you match the skill criteria.
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