How to Get a Police Certificate – Afghanistan

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Name of the document you need

Character Certificate (another name may be used, depending on where the certificate is issued)

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada and for some temporary residence programs (please see the document checklist and/or visa office requirements for details).

How to apply

If you live in Afghanistan

Apply at your nearest police office that falls under the Ministry of the Interior. There is no specific application form. You must write a letter explaining that you need a police certificate for immigration purposes. The police office will send your request to the Ministry of the Interior, who will give you the Character Certificate.

For non-citizens, apply at your nearest office of the Ministry of the Interior.

If you live outside of Afghanistan

Apply at your nearest Afghan Embassy or Consulate. There is no specific application form. You must write a letter explaining that you need a police certificate for immigration purposes. You will be issued a letter from the Afghan Embassy or Consulate, which should be submitted to the Canadian office processing your application.

If you are a citizen of Afghanistan and you live in Pakistan

Please visit the How to Get a Police Certificate – Pakistan page for specific instructions.

Contact information

  • Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa
    240 Argyle Ave
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K2P 1B9
    Telephone: (613) 563-4223
    Fax: (613) 563-4962
    Email: contact@afghanembassy.ca

  • Consulate General of Afghanistan in Toronto
    477 Richmond Street West, Suite 901
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5V 3E7
    Tel: (416) 385-1033
    Fax: (416) 385-3810

  • Consulate General of Afghanistan in Peshawar
    Opp PAF Selection Center
    The Mall, Peshawar Cantonment
    Tel.: (+92-91) 5285 963
    Fax: (+92-91) 5285 961

  • Consulate General of Afghanistan in Quetta
    45 Price Road
    Quetta
    Tel.: (+92-81) 2843 364
    Fax: (+92-81) 920 2549

  • Consulate General of Afghanistan in Karachi
    Street 26, Block 5, Clifton
    Karachi 75500
    Tel.: (+92-21) 5821 261 to 4
    Fax: (+92-21) 5821 260
    Email: agc_karachi@yahoo.com

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