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120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby delieadalish » 07 Aug 2012, 20:10

Hey all I just applied for my aprc.. start to finish 3 weeks. (as in from getting my prints done to applying for the APRC)
I wrote it all up and thought I'd share it


Step By Step Process For Getting an APRC
for a Canadian 2012
I recently went through the whole process and documented it for other Canadians
1. (Depends, only took me 15 minutes, free) Open through lunch 8am-5pm
Go into your NIA office (National Immigration Agency, where you go to get and renew your ARC # 15 Guangzhou street, Zhongzhen district Taipei city. Tel: 02 2388 9393) And ask if you're eligible for the APRC, they will do a check and make sure you've had an ARC for long enough (5 years) and make sure to ask if you have any gaps in your ARC that you might not know about. Also make sure you made enough money in the last Calendar year... the last I checked it was around 450,000nt but confirm with the agents when you're at the NIA. You can ask the Tax office for that information if you're not sure.

2. (less than 5 minutes, free) closed at lunch 8:30-am-5pm
Go to the Canadian Trade office in Taipei: pick up fingerprinting papers
This was easy as pie, just scooter over, parked by the Mitsikoshi malls zipped up, asked the receptionist and voila.
6F, Hua-Hsin Building, No. 1 SongZhi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei 11047, Taiwan Tel: +886 (2) 8723-3000

3. (10 minutes, Free calling with Skype)
Call the law office in Canada and confirm what they need from you as well as have them send you the application form for them to submit the check for you. Need to call after 10:30 pm Taiwan time, during Alberta Business hours. You need application form, sign the release to have your criminal record sent to someone in Canada. Photocopies of two pieces of Canadian ID,
Webpage: http://canadianlegal.org/ Phone: 1-800-320-2477

Copies of my driver's license and Passport (Canadian) as well as my ARC. Printed the Documents, and application forms.

4. (30 minutes or less, 100nt per fingerprinting set) Friday 13th open for lunch
Go to the NIA office in your area, go to counter 58 in the basement of the Taipei office and have the officer take your prints.

5. (5-10 minutes, 300nt)
Friday 13th it arrived Tuesday the 17th and was submitted to the RCMP that day
Mail documents to the legal office in Canada, there is a post office in the basement right next to the counter for the fingerprinting. I sent it EMS (express post) and it's supposed to arrive within 3-5 days. I also took photos of everything that was included in the packet and emailed them to the law office in Calgary to make sure everything was in order.

6. (10-15 minutes, free with skype)
Converting and Processing of prints costs $78.75 including taxes
Called the law office again and gave them my credit card number. Also called the TECO office in Ottawa to confirm everything needed for them to authenticate my Criminal record check.
http://www.taiwanembassy.org/CA Tel: (613) 231- 5080 ext. 225 or 239

7. (20 minutes, 750nt) Thursday 19th open at lunch 9am-5pm
Had my letter of power of attorney notarized, allowing my friend (that my Criminal record check was being released to) to apply for the authentication. The notary office was very friendly and easy to deal with.
Phone 02-2729-3139 www.twnotary.org (last I checked their site was down, but just call they speak English) The office is just upstairs of the Tavern, on the corner of Keelung (Jilong) and Xinyi, the door is right next to the Hang Ten. You're also meant to authenticate a copy of your passport, but it was expensive and annoying so I didn't bother , I sent my passport itself.

8. (20 minutes, 300nt) Thursday 19th
Arrived in Canada Tuesday 24th, so did the Criminal Record check from the RCMP
Mailed my power of attorney letter, my passport, the TECO application form to my friend who was getting my Criminal Record Check in Canada. Used EMS again 3-5 days.

9. (2 hours, 1660nt) pick up a 5-10 business days later Friday 20th CLOSED at lunch
You can do it at most national hospitals, I went to He Ping Hospital (because of their quick processing time, 5 days) unfortunately because you need to get health check type B, NOT type A (the one you get for your ARC) which many Taiwanese people need to get, so you might need to do some waiting. Blood test and X ray themselves were quick. Went back on Friday 27th to pick it up.

10. (Time?, $107 Canadian) Wednesday 25th arrived in Ottawa on 26th (2 days for processing)
My friend took a photo of my criminal record check and emailed it to me (so I could have it translated). She put everything in an envelope and sent it to the TECO office in Ottawa. My friend got a certified cheque or money order, made out to "TECO in Canada" from the bank for $16 Canadian. This link explains everything you need to do http://www.taiwanembassy.org/CA/ct.asp? ... =166&mp=77

My friend went and got a money order/cheque, the application forms, copies of their ID, my passport, my criminal record check, a letter requesting they send everything back to me in Taipei, and the money order for $76 and put them all in an express envelope to the TECO office in Ottawa. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada 45 O’Connor Street, Suite 1960, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P1A4 (613) 231-5080. $60 for the EMS to send it back to Taipei, $16 for TECO processing plus postage to send it to Ottawa.

11. (5 minutes, 100nt) pick up in 5 days Friday 27th open at lunch 9am-5pm
Went into the foreign affairs police station in Ximen, gave them my ARC and 100nt and requested a criminal record check. Picked up my Health Check from the Heping hospital.

12. (an hour or so driving around, gas money) Friday the 3rd
Picked up my Taiwanese Criminal Record Check, went to the tax office (open at lunch) and picked up my blue tax paper, went to my boss and picked up my employment letter.

13. (an hour or so, 750nt) Monday 6th open at lunch
My passport and authenticated criminal record check arrived in the mail on the 4th. I took them into the notary on Xinyi with the Chinese Translation of the Criminal Record Check AND MY TRANSLATOR (this is very very important they are not authenticating your translation they are notarizing your translator's signature on the document, which means they must see them sign the document in front of them). Also popped by my work and made a photo copy of every page of both my current and previous passports. Then went to my meeting at the NIA with the APRC agent.
Check list of everything you need to prepare
o Fingerprinting document from Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
o Photo copies of ID, application form, completed fingerprint forms for your Criminal Record Check (valid 3 months)
o Authenticated and certified copy of passport, or original passport, application form, letter of power of attorney to be sent to the person receiving and forwarding your Criminal Record Check to the TECO office for authentication
o Chinese Translation of RCMP Criminal Record Check, anyone can translate but you need them to go with you to the notary office to sign their translation in front of the officer (the signature needs to be notarized )
o Health check type B (valid 3 months)
o Taiwan Criminal Record Check (valid 1 month)
o Tax 'income' form from the previous fiscal year (it's blue) (valid 1 month)
o Employment certificate (letter from your boss, same one you use for your ARC)
(valid 1 month)
o The originals of your work permits, for the past 5 years (at least) and a photocopy of the most recent year.
o An ID photo
o Photo copies of every page of your current and previous passport and if your ARC on A4 paper (You can copy both of them on the same paper, it just has to be clear).
Ah, Brazil. ;)
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby FiFibella » 09 Nov 2012, 17:56

Hey guys:
There is a question for you.
I am currently stuck with my money order title for my criminal record check from RCMP.I wonder if anyone can help me with that .
There must be a title for the money order .But I am not really sure about what the heck is that? I am guessing it is "Receiver General for Canada" since that's the only name they mentioned about on the processing fee( http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/fee-frais-eng.htm ),but I don't wanna take any risk by not asking.
I am desperately need to get my criminal record check before my school starts in Jan 2013,but now I don't really think it's possible anymore.Why would it take so long to process ? I am really frustrated about the situation atm. Anyway would you guys please help me with this? I appreciate so much!!
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby delieadalish » 05 Dec 2012, 13:48

Well this is all a little moot now as, as long as you've not been out of Taiwan for more than three months consecutively per year and in the country for 183 days each year you don't need the criminal record check anymore.)
Ah, Brazil. ;)
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby Vincent Noot » 08 Dec 2012, 15:23

I have been waiting for more than 3 months to receive a Canadian Criminal Record check. Meanwhile, my fiancee and I cannot get married because I don't have that document yet. Are you guys saying I could actually save myself time by flying to Canada and walk into the RCMP service? Because if that's possible, then I will. We are soooooo sick of waiting. We have been waiting to get married for a year now.
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby funkymonkey » 08 Dec 2012, 20:13

Vincent Noot wrote:Are you guys saying I could actually save myself time by flying to Canada and walk into the RCMP service? Because if that's possible, then I will.

That's what I did. It took about ten minutes.
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby delieadalish » 09 Dec 2012, 08:15

Vincent Noot wrote:I have been waiting for more than 3 months to receive a Canadian Criminal Record check. Meanwhile, my fiancee and I cannot get married because I don't have that document yet. Are you guys saying I could actually save myself time by flying to Canada and walk into the RCMP service? Because if that's possible, then I will. We are soooooo sick of waiting. We have been waiting to get married for a year now.


100% can do it...the way I did it took.. like 2 weeks I think. I posted up there :)
Ah, Brazil. ;)
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Re: 120 days for a criminal background check from Canada??

Postby sunshineyau » 07 May 2013, 02:05

Hello There,

My Taiwanese Fiance and I are planning to get marry in Taiwan end of the year or early next year. I am Canadian Citizen. I would like to know for those that have gone through the process (as I have been getting all different replies) what are the steps and the required documentations needed for getting married in Taiwan and applying for the ARC.

I have been living in Taiwan from:
- June 2011 - June 2012 (couple weeks out to HK in Dec 2011 and Feb 2012),
- June 2012 - Sept 2012 (took a side trip to HK and back),
- Sept 2012 (took a side trip to HK and back) - Dec 2012,
- April 2013 (for two weeks).

I am told that I will need to:

1) Have an affidavit signed in front of a Canadian consular officer at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei to declare that I am single.
- need to bring a Canadian passport and proof of Canadian citizenship (Canadian birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate, and in cases involving a previous marriage, a divorce document issued by a court order.

2) Register my marriage in Vancouver and provide proof of this for household registration purposes.
a) Do I need to do this and if so, how to do this? Does Canada recognizes the Taiwan Marriage Certificate Registration?

3) Criminal Record Check (Docs required for applying ARC)
a) Do Canadians still need one?
b) What is the best and easiest way to obtain this besides flying back to Vancouver to obtain one. I do have family back in Vancouver.
c) Does this has to be in a 3 month valid time stamp from issue to the date of applying for ARC.
d) Is it possible to do it this way with Vancouver RCMP as MotorcycleRider listed
I did the paper based finger printing. I did it at the immigration office in Banqiao. I then express mailed it to my family in Canada who took it directly to the RCMP and had them pick it up once it was ready. From the day my brother dropped it off at the RCMP it took exactly 30 days for them to have it done. At which point my brother took it to the Teco office in Toronto and had them do same day notarization (which cost $20CDN more). Then he express mailed it back to me. Total time from start to finish 40 days. They say 120 days, but it doesn't really take that long (at least for me it didn't). The difficult (and money and time wasting) part is waiting for them to mail it back to you and you having to mail it back to Teco in Canada. What I'm saying is if you have family in Canada who can get the criminal clearance certificate for you and take it to Teco directly you will save about a month of waiting time, and over $100CDN in postage fees.


- Can I have my family drop it at the VPD that does the Police Check or the Headquarter in Surrey and then pick it up when it is done and then notarize it at TECO Office in Vancouver and then fedex it back to me? I found this on the local Vancouver RCMP site http://vancouver.ca/police/organization/records-checks-fingerprinting/police-records-check.html#IfYouResideOutsideCanada

4) Health Check (Docs required for applying ARC)
a) 3 Months Validity ?
b) Can be done locally?

5) To add me to my finance's Household Registration, my Taiwanese spouse will need to bring the following items to the local Household
Registration Office:
- A copy of his Household Registration
- His chop (a unique stamp used as signatures in Taiwan)
- His ROC ID card
- A copy of our marriage certificate

6) Apply for ARC at Local Police Station - What would be the process?
- Am I given only one year for the visa and then need to exit and re-entry for extension of ARC visa?

7) When do I need or can able to apply APRC? What is the difference between ARC and APRC? Am I required to give up my Canadian Citizenship?

Totally would love some direction...so confused...As some people told me it is much easier to just get marry in Vancouver (which would be $$$) and then apply for the ARC via TECO Vancouver and some say it is ok and not that complicated to have it done in Taiwan.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
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