Background Checks

Are you studying abroad? Need to obtain your FBI clearance for your visa application?

FBI Clearance for Visa Applications

Certain consulates require a criminal background check, police clearance, or even FBI clearance, as part of the visa application process. 

Many people refer to this as a FBI background check, and being done by the FBI makes it a national background check. The FBI refers to this document as an Identity History Summary Check. 

Common reasons that people request their FBI clearance include: Individuals typically make this request for personal review, to challenge the information on record, to satisfy a requirement for adopting a child in the United States or internationally, or to satisfy a requirement to live, work, or travel in a foreign country (i.e., police certificate, letter of good conduct, Identity History Summary check, etc.). 

The applicant has to make the request for themselves only, it is not permitted to obtain information about another person.

What do I need to do, to get my FBI Clearance?

Complete the Applicant Information Form (form I-783), provide a set of your fingerprints (Book your appointment) and mail to their address at Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get my FBI clearance?

At this time anticipated processing time for an Identity History Summary (FBI clearance) is approximately 12 weeks. Allow additional time for mail delivery.

Can this process be expedited?

The CJIS Division does not expedite requests; however, in cases where the FBI Clearance processed through a Channeler is accepted, an FBI-approved Channeler may be able to expedite this process. In this case, contact the company directly for instructions to apply for FBI Clearance through a Channeler. 

MR Fingerprints is an FBI-approved Channeler who is able to obtain your FBI Clearance in minutes. There is no need to wait 12 weeks or get your finger smudged with ink. we use high-end technology to obtain your fingerprints onto our highly efficient FBI fingerprint machines and submit your prints electronically. Our process is simple and quick. You can call us at 213.761.5883 for more information.



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