Can The Validity Period Of A National Police Check Be Extended
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Can The Validity Period Of A National Police Check Be Extended

When applying for an Australian Visa, sometimes you need a little more time to pull together all of the supporting information you need to support your Australia Visa application.

If you needed to provide a National Police check as part of your Australia Visa Application, you may be wondering if the validity period of a national police check can be extended.

Can the validity period of a National Police Check be extended?

According to the “Penal checking Handbook” published by the Australian department of home affairs, there are circumstances in which the Validity period of a national police check can be extended.

From the handbook:

The validity period of a National Police Check cannot normally be extended as it has only a 12 month validity period for migration purposes. However, if a visa application is close to approval and the applicant’s certificate has expired within the last three months due to delays caused by the Department, the Department’s policy is that the case officer can grant an extension to that certificate.

The following conditions should be met:

  • the certificate must state there are no disclosable outcomes
  • the extension can only be up to the date of the visa grant and
  • the total period of the extension must not be for more than three months from the expiry of the initial 12 month validity period.

If a visa application is not finalised within the extended (15 months) period, the applicant must provide a new certificate. This applies to all visa applications, including those where the Department has been responsible for delays in processing.

If the applicant is overseas when the certificate expires and has not returned to Australia since the expiry date, the certificate can be extended to the time of the visa grant.

Overseas Candidate looking to extend the validity of an overseas police clearance certificate?

Are you an overseas Australia Visa candidate looking to extend the validity period of an overseas police clearance certificate? Click here for details of the rules that apply to your case.

 

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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