Call it PCC or Police Clearance Certificate, prospective emigrants essentially require it. Lacking it may spill beans over the dreams to go abroad. Let’s understand when people need it.
When do you need Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?
Apart from maintaining laws and order, police hold legitimacy to vet and verify the documents. Immigration is a significant process. The emigrants get ready to settle abroad temporarily or permanently. Any kind of loopholes can put stigma and spoil the image of the country. So, the police verification is exponential in it.
An individual can’t attain NRI or PIO status without having a passport and visa. Both require apostille stamp from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). They must submit validated and notarized personal as well as educational documents for attestation. Along with them, the PCC should also be enclosed.
The process to get this certificate is slightly different from the process of procuring passport. Before learning its how-to process, let’s catch the roundup of who issues it.
Who issues PCC?
Regional Passport Office forwards this authentic document to the MEA. The applicant must visit its regional office where he has been living since last six months. It keeps the record of his residency. The address proof is validated from the MEA office eventually.
What if the address/name of the applicant does not match or misspelt? The problem of getting address proof always puts barrier between the applicant and the passport or visa.
How to present address proof if the applicant is a tenant?
Dilemma engulfs a tenant when the question arises for solid address proof. In such case, the applicant can:
- Visit the bank
- Replace the former address with the current one.
- Show the landlord’s address proof to the bank authority.
- Afterwards, take out bank statement of last 12 months.
- Get the stamp of the bank and the signature of the competent authority on it.
- Attach it as an address proof and notarized rental agreement.
- Marriage certificate, single status certificate and passport can be alternate docs for address proof.
- It will be rejected if it would carry no stamp of the bank.
- Take photocopy and original copy of all these documents.
- A hand-written or typed letter is a must to apply for this certificate.
If the name is misspelt and hence, different from the original one the applicants can:
- Take out an affidavit stating changed name.
- Publish the changed name in the newspaper classified.
- Show its printed copy plus original affidavit to the competent authority in its regional office.
- Later, physical inquiry occurs. Under this police clearance, a vigilant inspector comes at the home.
- Be ready with two witnesses in the neighbours. They must showcase their original ID or citizenship proof.
Thereafter, the verified police document will be sent to the applicant’s house. And thereby, passport and visa can be produced.
The process of living in the country other than the native one permanently is known as immigration. This process can’t be processed without having passport, visa and OCI/PIO cards. The passport enables the emigrant to aboard the flight. On the other hand, the visa is a permit to live abroad for certain duration. Be it for half, full or many years, the visa endorses a licence to work, learn or visit outside legally. Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) cards allow validity to the foreigners for traveling in India without countering legalities. All these immigration elements can be applied online and offline. The competent authority ‘Ministry of External Affairs’ vets and validates this process. Visiting to Indian government’s formal website can be an unmatched and quick help for its seekers. Enclose the authentic proofs of applicant(s), address proof, ration card, driving licence, PAN card, passbook, school certificate, birth certificate and investment details as well.
Be it birth certificate, death certificate, school certificate, passport, visa and other immigration papers, address proof is a mandatory. Dreams of prospective emigrants can’t be true until they have authentic proof of residency. All in all, this credential is vital.
Usually, a professional showcases passport, house tax receipt, driving licence and PAN card etc.. These credentials carry applicant’s permanent house number and its location. But some don’t have acceptable proof of identity and address. It’s lacking rejects new gas connection, internet connection, mobile card and ration card.
Indian Postal Department issues address proof:
A government body ‘Indian Postal Department’ has a right to issue authentic proof of an individual’s habitat. This competent authority sorts out this particular problem of prospective emigrants. These prospective emigrants are ones who are tenants. They can’t produce their own address proof. This government body relieves them by issuing a photo ID card. It marks the stamp of the Indian government which can be used as:
- Proof of identification
- Proof of address
How to apply for address proof in India?
- Visit head post office of the city/district.
- Take an application form of address proof from post office.
- Pay requisite fee, i.e. Rs. 10 for form and the card fee will be Rs. 250.
- Fill name, father/husband/guardian’s name, DOB, postal address with PIN, permanent postal address, landlord’s particulars (name, address, telephone number, mobile number, email id), particular of employment identity, address of employer and personal particulars (telephone no., blood group, mobile number, height, personal marks of identification) etc…
- Pay the applicable fee.
Procedure to verify:
The postman is sent to verify the address in the form. After verification, it is sent to the district head office for attestation. This verification can be eight weeks long. Thereafter, it can be used as an immigration document. The immigration applicant can get attestation certificate India by showing it along with other personal documents. He/ she can submit papers to apostille office for the verification.
It is valid for three years. It can be renewed further by paying requisite fee.