Have used this place for random info for years, thought I would give back a bit. I found a huge and wonderful loophole for the CANADIAN POLICE CHECK hassle of your APRC or JFRV application. It worked for me, I have the card in from of me, might be able to work for other countries as well.
This info might save you an emergency trip home!
My story is I got married to my Taiwanese spouse in Canada in the summer of last year, waited until recently to change the visa to the JFRV. Didn’t have to go back to Canada at all.
Here is what I did.
I wrote a letter saying that “I authorize (my father’s name) to apply for a police check in my place as I am currently not in Canada. Please allow (my father’s name) to do this on my behalf.” Something like that, make it sound legal. Then I went to a NOTARY PUBLIC here in Taiwan and paid a fee of about 750NT. They photocopied my ARC, passport and I signed my name in their presence and all that crap. They stamped it a hundred times and put lots of little holes in the paper and made it look ‘official’. Then gave me 5 copies of it.(same price as one…)
Then I took my fancy letter with all the holes to the post office and sent it back to Canada. It took five days. On the sixth day my father took it to the police station in downtown Toronto and they accepted the application no problem. I really don’t think they care too much. The police check was sent to my house in the mail a few days later.
So far so good, but here is the hard part.
For your police check to be accepted in Taiwan, it has to be stamped and stickered by the TAIWAN TRADE OFFICE IN CANADA. It can’t happen in Taiwan. In Toronto, that is on Younge St. in the downtown core. Now both my wife and I had been in touch with the office people through phone calls and in person during the summer so they knew us. If you phone them before hand it should be fine, they will tell you what you need to do. There are some forms that need to be filled out if I remember correctly. I think I remember my wife sending them originals of forms from Taiwan…
Anyways, my father took the police check to the TECO office on Younge St. and they stamped and stickered it and gave it back to him after a few days. He then sent it to me in the mail(5 days or so).
ONCE YOU HAVE IT IN TAIWAN YOU STILL HAVE TO TRANSLATE IT. But it is easy. I just took it back to the notary public, paid my fee and got my unnessesary five copies in a day. Took it to the NIO after jumping through all the other burning hoops and there you have it! It worked!
Some things to remember.
- the date on the police check has to be less than three months from the day you want to use it
- the police check I used was this one
torontopolice.on.ca/recordsm … arance.php
Not this one. There were no fingerprints involved.
- This is only an Ontario/Toronto police check, but it says “National RCMP Database” on the letter so they accepted it. I don’t know what other provinces do.
Hope this can save some trouble for someone out there. Might be able to use the idea for some other countries as well. Good luck!