October 27, 2020

UK affidavits to cease – police clearance certificates only acceptable

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PC Application Form - August 2012New UK Police-Clearance Rules

As of 1 January, 2014, affidavits will no longer be accepted from United Kingdom (UK) citizens, in lieu of police clearance certificates.

A new, comprehensive records system now allows for police certificates to be obtained quickly. The Association of Chief Police Officers, the UK’s Criminal Records Office, coordinates and manages all such information. This change is the result of improved links between criminal records offices and biometric information databases.

Persons who are interested in accessing this service should visit the website:  http://www.acro.police.uk/

This updated process allows applicants to obtain a certificate within two weeks (or within 48 hours as a premium service).

In addition, these new certificates are designed with security technology. Each will feature a photograph of the applicant, unique reference and unique serial numbers, and other features.

For many years prior, the Cayman Island’s Department of Immigration accepted notarized ‘Affidavits of Character’, which simply attested that applicants had no criminal convictions.

The department acknowledges that, while that arrangement was not ideal, it was introduced because it took three months to obtain UK police clearances in the 1980’s.

“The change from our perspective is necessary to ensure consistency and to improve our ability to confirm the character of the individuals who wish to enter, work and reside in our Islands” said Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans.

 

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