UK Applicants – Police Clearance Certificates

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UK Police ChecksFor Australian Visa Applicants applying from the UK, it’s worth noting that Police certificates are now being issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

This covers applicants who have lived or currently reside in England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.

Application forms and guidance on how to apply for the police certificates for residents and non-residents can be located online at

Until further notice, the Australian Department of Immigration has announced that they will also continue to accept the outcome of a Subject Access Request made under the Data Protection Act 1998 for each relevant UK jurisdiction.

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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 assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. I have been applying for police clearance it’s been 15 days waiting for the police clearance certificate but my agent said he have got my clearance certificate. How is this possible that my clearance certificate is send to him? Is it all fake going on or this could happen? Please some one suggest me. Thank you

    • Hi Suman, if you have signed ‘something’ that approves you’re agent to request information on your behalf then there is a chance he may have requested it. I would hope however that he would have communicated the fact that he was doing this to avoid you wasting your time.

  2. hey,
    I have been in UK for 2 years… i am Ukraine citizen & i need a police clearance certificate for my visa process to Canada. what can i do? How can i get one, when im not in the UK?

  3. Do i need to confront the travel agent why he ask me to apply for a police clearance in a place i never live?And is it really a requirements for visitor visa? maybe i should get here in the Philippines in our local police because this is where i stayed eversince i was born and never been to any country.

  4. i think my travel agent was not aware that im in doubt why i was required to submit police clearance in UK,Wherein im still here in my country PHILIPPINES why the hell i get a police clearance in a place i never lived?

  5. Im Helen Malano from the philippines ,i was asked by my travel agent to pay 900 pounds for my police clearance as requirements for my visitors visa ,is it really a requirements in order to get my visitors visa?

    • Helen, this sounds Very expensive and although i’m not 100% sure I’d question the accuracy to.

      My recommendation is you post on our forums. One o the many registered agents who post there may be able to assist :)

      All the best



  6. To,
    Respected Sir/Madam
    Myself Mr Pranay Lokare. Have request to assest me to find the right information to get the UK police clerance certificate.
    I was in United Kingdom on 25 september 2005 for my studies. I was studing in Isle of Man, college named IHMES School of Hospitality Management i graudated from the college and was working in Mount Murray and Country Club Hotel, which is in Isle of Man. I left Island in Novemeber 2008, i had applied for my Futher leave to remain but due recession i couldnt get it. But i have applied for my Canada PR and for that reason they require a certificate of ploce clearance. if you give me appriarate information,i would be really greatful to you.

    Thanking You

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