How to obtain a police certificate - Argentina

Do I need to provide a police certificate when applying for permanent residence?
Yes.

Name of document(s) to get: Certificado de Antecedentes Penales (emitido con excepción al artículo 51 del Codigo Penal Argentino)

How to get a Police Certificate:

If you are a citizen of Argentina:

If you live in Argentina:

You can apply in person, by postal mail, or through a Legal Representative at the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia in Buenos Aires or at any of its other offices throughout the country (See the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights website for a complete list - available in Spanish only). Once the application process is complete, you will receive a certificate with a security code that will give you access to the certificate online. You must email, fax or mail the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales to the visa office.

If you live outside of Argentina:

You should follow the instructions on the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia website.  Once the application process is complete, you must email, fax or mail the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales to the visa office. Consular Certificates are not accepted.

If you are not a citizen of Argentina:

If you live in Argentina:

You can apply in person, by postal mail, or through a Legal Representative at the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia in Buenos Aires or at any of its other offices throughout the country (See the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights website for a complete list - available in Spanish only). Once the application process is complete, you will receive a certificate with a security code that will give you access to the certificate online. You must email, fax or mail the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales to the visa office.

If you live outside of Argentina:

You should follow the instructions on the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia website. Once the application process is complete, you must email, fax or mail the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales to the visa office. Consular Certificates are not accepted.

Information and documents you need:

  • Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI), original valid document and a photocopy
  • Applicable fees

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

Note: CIC will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

You must specify that the certificate you need is “con excepción al artículo 51 del Código Penal” when you apply. The certificate is not valid without this paragraph.

The following legend MUST appear on the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales: “Este documento acredita que el certificado emitido lo es con excepción al artículo 51 de Código Penal, a solicitud del propio interesado.”

The certificate must be issued by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. Certificates issued by any other federal/provincial government offices are not accepted.

If you have a criminal record, you must give a copy of the judicial file, the verdict and the final decision with a French or English translation of all documents.

More information is available at the website of the Registro Nacional de Reincidencia of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (Argentina).

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