More than a month ago I made an inaugural trip to the headquarters of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan police department to have a specialist take my fingerprints. After one receives his or her “certificat,” part of the process before heading to Luxembourg involves obtaining an FBI background check, known also as a “rap sheet.” This is kind of intimidating, for me at least, considering this step entails interacting with the FBI, another federal bureaucracy, via mail. I submitted my information so that I could give myself enough time to have the rap sheet translated — remember, documents during this stage that are not already in French or German must be translated by an official translator.
I haven’t received my rap sheet yet, but this has become a nail-biter of a situation, because I’ve planned a trip to Europe (more on that to come). Even though I’ve heard that people usually get it back in the mail within a month, I’m nevertheless nervous. It’s the same feeling we all had/have/will have about waiting for whether we qualified/qualify for the “certificat.”
But I’ll remain optimistic. Hopefully it gets here with enough time to spare. In addition to worrying about the time frame, I’m also anxious because our neighborhood postal worker is, well, horrendously incompetent?
I have met most of the neighbors on my block of Capitol Hill because I’ve had to return mail to them or they’ve come to my door to hand mail to me. Why can’t U.S. government workers be as friendly and efficient as those in Luxembourg? Sigh.
Does anyone else have experiences with getting the FBI background check? I’d like to know more about how long it took from the day you sent it out to the day it arrived in the mailbox. Comment away!