Criminal Background Check

Criminal Background Check

Argentinian Attorneys Lawyers

Buenos Aires, Cordoba & Mendoza Law Firm, Argentina


When should I apply for the FBI Background Check?

Now. It can take up to 13 weeks for the background check to arrive and another 4 weeks to get the Apostille. Pay attention to detail in this process. If you make a mistake it will cost you even more time as you’ll have to resend things and wait.

How do I apply?

  1. Follow the steps listed on the FBI website:
    1. Complete the Applicant Information Form (pdf).
    2. Obtain a set of your fingerprints on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258).
    3. Obtain a money order or cashiers check for $18 (U.S.) made payable to the Treasury of the United States.
    4. Mail the documents in (certified mail like FedEx is recommended):
      1. FBI CJIS Division – Record Request
        1000 Custer Hollow Road
        Clarksburg, WV 26306
  2. IMPORTANT: On a sticky note, write that you need the FBI Certificate “Authenticated” in order to get the Apostille. If you do not do this, the FBI Report may not come back NOTARIZED, which is NECESSARY for the Apostille. (This is where I and many people have made a mistake.)
    1. If you’ve already sent your FBI form without explaining that it needs to be authenticated, call the number on their web site: 202-324-3000. They are friendly on the phone and the hold time is only 5 minutes.
    2. If you get the FBI report back and it is not notarized, you’ll have to send it back to them and wait another 2 weeks.

I have my FBI Background Check now. How do I get the Apostille?

  1. Follow the steps listed on the Department of State (Federal) Website.
    1. Complete the cover letter (pdf).
    2. Obtain a money order or cashiers check for $8 (U.S.) made payable to the U.S. Department of State.
    3. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for faster return of your documents.
    4. Mail the documents (certified mail like FedEx is recommended):
      1. U.S. Department of State
        Authentications Office
        518 23rd Street NW.
        Washington, DC 20520

Extensive Network of Attorneys

Above all, our law firm relies on the professional services of duly certified attorneys. Consequently, they are authorized to act before any court of law in Argentina. For example, below you can see the legal jurisdictions where we provide legal assistance in Argentina:

Buenos Aires, La Plata, Catamarca, San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Chaco, Resistencia, Chubut, Rawson,

Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Paraná, Formosa, Jujuy, San Salvador de Jujuy, La Pampa, Santa Rosa, La Rioja,

Mendoza, Misiones, Posadas, Neuquén, Río Negro, Viedma, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Río Gallegos, Santa Fe,

Santiago del Estero, Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur, Ushuaia, Tucumán, Mar del Plata, San Miguel de Tucumán


Background Check in Argentina

Background Check in Argentina

FBI Background Check with Apostille for Argentinian Temporary Residence Visa

In order to obtain a ‘visa temporaria’ after arrival in Argentina, students must first obtain an FBI Background Check in the United States prior to departure for the program. This is a process of certifying the absence of a criminal record and can take anywhere from 12-14 weeks to be processed so it is important that you begin right away. Step 1) Information about requesting the FBI background check is here: It is also known as an Identity History Summary or “rap sheet.” All of the steps are included in the information put together by the FBI. You must submit your request directly to the FBI (not through an authorized channeler).


On a sticky note, write that you need the FBI Background Check results “Authenticated” in order to get the Apostille. If you do not do this, the FBI Report may not come back NOTARIZED, which is necessary for the Apostille.

First. You will need to submit a copy of your fingerprints along with your request for the FBI background check. Fingerprint services are usually available from your local police or sheriff’s department, or from private vendors engaged in the fingerprinting business. Fingerprints taken with ink or via live scan are acceptable. For live scan, see Public Live Scan Sites for a site nearest to you and a listing of fees. Since the fingerprint-rolling fee varies widely among locations, you will want to review the cost along with the accepted methods of payment before going to the fingerprinting site.

Second. The notarized FBI background check must have an Apostille. As soon as you receive your results you must send them to the Department of State to have them authenticated.


Third. After arrival in Argentina, the FBI background check will need to be translated into Spanish by an official translator and then legalized. An Argentine Lawyer can help you with this step once you have arrived in Argentina.

More Details

In conclusion, for details on how to request the Apostille, please go to the following link: .

In addition, be sure to make copies of everything before mailing the items to the Department of State.




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