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Police Certificates for Emigration Visas

Some Embassy visa section will reject ACROSAR1 form responses and require a certificate specifically produced for visa purposes, these include visas, work permits or residence in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Belgium, USA. 

If your application is for this purpose we would suggest you contact ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO), as below, for an updated list of countries covered. 

To make an application for a certificate specifically for a visa application contact ACRO direct by visiting the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) website for an application form.

All submissions and enquiries should be directed to ACRO in one of the following ways:

  • Phone: 0845 6013999 (international callers : 0044 1962 871 111) during their office opening hours of 8.30am to 23:00 GMT Monday to Friday.
  • E-mail : [email protected]
  • Post: ACRO, PO Box 481, Fareham, PO14 9FS

Please note the certificate is processed entirely by ACRO, application should not be returned to Essex Police. 

Applications for employment purposes

Under the Data Protection Act 2018 everyone has a right to see 'personal data' held about them on the Police National Computer (PNC); as per section 1 which details applications for PNC information.

However, such checks are not specifically designed for employment purposes. Whilst it is often used for this purpose, if your request is for employment please visit the Disclosure Scotland website. You do not need to live in Scotland to use this service.

For checks for people who are going to work with children or vulnerable adults please visit the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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