Understanding the Purpose of an Indian Police Clearance Certificate
We all have a past, and sometimes that past involves living and working in various parts of the world. There may be instances where, for visa processes or job applications, you will need a document that clears your previous record in a country where you've lived. For those who have lived in India and now reside in Singapore, such a document is the India Police Clearance Certificate will be required. Having gone through this process myself, I have a thing or two to share with you.
Digging into the Essence of India's PCC
Also known as the India Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), this document acts as proof that you have no criminal inclinations held against you in India. The PCC is issued by the Indian government, and it's essentially your 'get out of jail free' card when authorities want to confirm your clean criminal record in the state of India. If like myself and my wife Vanessa, you've spent significant years in India, this document becomes a necessary part of attaining job placements or visas abroad. In fact, Vanessa and I had to procure this document on our move from India to Sydney, Australia.
Eligibility Criteria for India's PCC
Now you might be wondering, what makes me eligible for the application of PCC? It's pretty straightforward and hassle-free to obtain an Indian PCC if you've been an Indian resident for a substantial period. Anyone who's resided in India for 6 months or more can apply for a PCC. The fact that you're applying from Singapore doesn't have any impact on your eligibility. Even foreigners who've lived in India for more than 6 months can apply for the Indian PCC, so you don't really have to worry much about the eligibility conditions.
Application Steps for India's PCC from Singapore
The steps for applying for PCC from Singapore can be segmented into physical application submission, document preparation, paying fees, application tracking, and finally, collection. Firstly, prepare yourself for some paperwork hustle. You've been through worse, trust me. Remember the time when Vanessa and I had to apply for our kid's school admission? Now that was one tough time. Then, complete the Consular Miscellaneous Application Form and prepare the necessary documents. Make sure everything is in order to avoid any hassles and ensure a smooth process.
Document Preparation and Submission for India's PCC
Document preparation involved gathering your passport copy, a copy of your Singapore Work Permit/Employment Pass/Dependant Pass/PR, IC, Long Term Visit Pass, ICA Form 16, and two passport-sized photographs. The passport photographs should be recent and not more than 3 months old. Make sure the photographs are in color and with white background only. Documents must be submitted at the BLS International Services located at Golden Mile Complex, Singapore. Vanessa always emphasizes the importance of having all your documents in order, and rightly so.
Fees Payment and Application Tracking for India's PCC
Next up, you should proceed to make the designated fees payment. For payments, you can either use a debit or credit card at the BLS counter or pay in cash. Online payments aren’t accepted so be prepared to make the payment in person. Post submission and payment, you will receive a receipt and an application acknowledgment number. With this number, you can comfortably track the status of your PCC application online. It's like tracking your pizza delivery, only this times it's your PCC. Hopefully, it won’t take as long as the extra cheese pizza I ordered last week, which took forever to arrive!
Frequent Queries about India's PCC
Now that you know the process, let's cover some common questions. Can I apply for someone else? No, all applicants are required to be present at the time of application submission. Can I apply for this from India for someone residing in Singapore? No, applications are strictly to be made from the place of residence of the applicant. What are the business hours for submission? Applications should be made between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Remember that your location, Singapore, and the timescales involved in procuring the certificate may vary a tad bit, so don't be a stranger to fact-checking and always verify these details with the official website.