How to get a police certificate – Colombia

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

Background Verification Certificate

Police certificate and IRCC requirements

You don’t need to provide a police certificate with your application.

We’ll send you a file number and a letter requesting a police certificate after you send your application for

  • permanent residence
  • citizenship
  • some temporary residence programs

You must bring the file number and letter when you apply for a police certificate.

How to apply

Contact one of the service providers below. They’ll tell you

  • how long the application will take
  • how much it will cost
  • what to do next

G4S Colombia (available only in Spanish)
Phone: (+57) 1 705-4040 extension 1506

Omnitempus (available only in Spanish)
Phone: +57 (601) 611-0529, extension 214, 215

Special considerations

Do not apply for the Background Verification Certificate until you receive a file number from the Canadian visa office and instructions telling you to apply for the certificate.

You’ll need to sign a consent form authorizing your service provider to send the Background Verification Certificate to the Canadian visa officer.

Service providers will send us the Background Verification Certificate directly. You won’t receive a copy of this document, and the IRCC visa office will translate this document on your behalf.

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