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Old 17.04.2008, 11:11
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the best way to obtain a copy of Criminal Record from the US

does anyone know the best way, ie. quickest one, to get a copy of your criminal record required by the Swiss? Is it possible to get it done in person while in the US? If it is, where? A police station? or some other government office? I know that you can request it by mail (send in the fingerprints, application, etc) from the FBI, but I was wondering whether it's possible to expedite it in person.
Has anyone done that before? in the US? Thank you!
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Old 17.04.2008, 11:24
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Re: the best way to obtain a copy of Criminal Record from the US

Is this work-related? If it is, are you sure that you need to secure it in the US? Because on my case, the Swiss company which offered me a new job only requires me to secure a clearance from an office in Bern certifying that my criminal record is clear and that's it. Normally, it would take you 5 days before you get it by post and costs CHF20.00

But I could be wrong as well since I am not sure about the arrangement in relation to Americans.
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Old 17.04.2008, 11:26
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Re: the best way to obtain a copy of Criminal Record from the US

Do you need your local police or the federal (FBI) records check?

Here is some info:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/...cies_1201.html

FBI >>> http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm has detailed instructions
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Old 17.04.2008, 11:40
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Do you need your local police or the federal (FBI) records check?

Here is some info:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/...cies_1201.html

FBI >>> http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/fprequest.htm has detailed instructions
Thank you, I will check which one will work. It looks like the one from the Police would be so much easier to obtain, and quicker.
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Old 17.04.2008, 13:32
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Re: the best way to obtain a copy of Criminal Record from the US

Well, you need to check with the authorities that require the background check what they are willing to accept.

In my case (B permit) they accepted the one from the State of Texas - Department of Public Safety.

So you have local, state and federal record checks.
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Well, you need to check with the authorities that require the background check what they are willing to accept.

In my case (B permit) they accepted the one from the State of Texas - Department of Public Safety.

So you have local, state and federal record checks.
Same here B permit in Zurich. So I should go to the Department of Public Safety? Or is a local police office sufficient (in the US, I mean)?
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Old 17.04.2008, 13:56
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Same here B permit in Zurich. So I should go to the Department of Public Safety? Or is a local police office sufficient (in the US, I mean)?
Thanks,
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I would check with the Migrationsamt of the Kanton Zurich. I've called them in the past and they were easy to deal with (and a lot more knowledgeable than the HR department of the company that "sponsored" my B permit).
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I will do that, thanks!
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Re: the best way to obtain a copy of Criminal Record from the US

I went through an effort to get my criminal record from the US as I was told I needed it for my B Permit but it still sits in a file at home and no one has ever looked at it. I went to my local police office, as I was told that was what i needed.
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Is it a big expandable lever-arch file ?

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I went through an effort to get my criminal record from the US ... but it still sits in a file at home and no one has ever looked at it.
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Is it a big expandable lever-arch file ?

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hmm, perhaps.......I googled big expandable lever-arch file to try to see an example of the type of file you mentioned and the search turned up this site as its first search entry. What does that mean?
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I went through an effort to get my criminal record from the US as I was told I needed it for my B Permit but it still sits in a file at home and no one has ever looked at it. I went to my local police office, as I was told that was what i needed.
Wow, this is the first time I've heard about anything like this. No one at the Gemeindehaus asked me for anything even remotely related when I got my B permit
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Wow, this is the first time I've heard about anything like this. No one at the Gemeindehaus asked me for anything even remotely related when I got my B permit

I think it was my company that told me to get this but they can sometimes be greatly confused.
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hmm, perhaps.......I googled big expandable lever-arch file to try to see an example of the type of file you mentioned and the search turned up this site as its first search entry. What does that mean?
Lever arch files. So called because they have a lever and an arch.
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I think it was my company that told me to get this but they can sometimes be greatly confused.


Yeah, those darn HR people
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It was a reflection on the potential size of your criminal record, rather than a serious question about where you store your documents.

I hate explaining jokes.

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It was a reflection on the potential size of your criminal record, rather than a serious question about where you store your documents.

I hate explaining jokes.

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I think I posted this elsewhere today:
It's great to be separated by one language and several senses-of-humo(u)r.

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I hate explaining jokes.

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I went through an effort to get my criminal record from the US as I was told I needed it for my B Permit but it still sits in a file at home and no one has ever looked at it. I went to my local police office, as I was told that was what i needed.
That's most likely what I will get. Thanks.
I don't know why they require this of us (my husband and I), maybe they don't want any more Americans this year so why not throw in another complication.
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Yeah, those darn HR people
yes, I often wonder about them
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