Police Certificates are for people who wish to emigrate or require a visa to live and work abroad.
The certificate details whether or not you have a criminal record in the United Kingdom and is required as part of the visa process by the respective high commission or embassy.
It may also include foreign criminal history information where it has been disclosed to the UK.
Police Certificates are prepared in accordance with the ACRO step-down model.
Certificates will contain impending prosecutions and offences that are under investigation.
Certificates will only be provided in a physical format and we are unable to discuss the content of the certificate until you have received it.
Certificates are not intended for use to gain employment within the UK or to emigrate to the UK.
ACRO is very much open for business during the coronavirus pandemic and continuing to support anyone who needs a Police Certificate during these unprecedented times.
Please note: we are experiencing delays in processing Police Certificates. If possible, please try to avoid contacting our Customer Services team regarding the status of your application.
However, if your enquiry is urgent or you have concerns about when you are likely to receive your certificate our team is still contactable either by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone +44 (0)2380 479 920.
More on ACRO's Coronavirus service status.
ACRO will only accept version 31 or higher of the Police Certificate application form. All previous versions will be rejected and ACRO will require a new form to be submitted before an application can be processed.
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