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Overseas Criminal Record Certificate
New rules were imposed in the UK in 2015, and an extension of the requirements in 2017, which require applicants who wish to enter and/or work in the UK, to obtain an overseas criminal record certificate. This must be from any/all countries they have lived in continuously for 12 months or more over the past 10 years.
A criminal record certificate will be essential for applicants working in:
Refusal on the grounds of criminal convictions – Immigration Rules (“the Rules”) – part 9
The following information is extracted from the UK Government Website:
Grounds on which entry clearance or leave to enter the UK is to be refused Paragraph 320(2) of the Rules states that an application would be refused if the person seeking entry to the United Kingdom:
Paragraph 320(18A) of the Rules states that an application should be declined if within the 12 months prior to the date of the application, the person has been convicted of or admitted an offence for which they receive a non-custodial sentence or other out of court disposal that is recorded on their criminal record.
Paragraph 320(18B) of the Rules states that an application should be refused if in the view of the Secretary of State:
Paragraph 320(19) of the Rules states that an application should normally be refused if the immigration officer deems the exclusion of the person from the United Kingdom to be conducive to the public good. For example, because the person’s conduct (including convictions which do not fall within paragraph 320(2), character, associations, or other reasons, make it undesirable to grant them leave to enter.
Applications for Australian Criminal Record Certificate
To obtain a Criminal Record Certificate, apply with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) online at:
Or, an application form can be downloaded from that same address and posted to:
Australian Federal Police, Criminal Records Locked Bag 8550 CANBERRA CITY ACT
What must the applicant supply?
What are the costs / turnaround times?
For further information, please email:
Or visit the AFP Website.
What if I have recently been charged or convicted of an offence?
If you have been recently charged with a driving or criminal offence, or you have recently been convicted of an offence, please contact Armstrong Legal for an obligation free consultation to explore your options and received professional advice on 1300 168 676.
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