The PSNI do not issue "certificates of good conduct" or "police clearance certificates", for visa or emigration however in our experience foreign embassies will generally accept a police reply with details of any convictions and cautions supplied in response to a subject access request. (Please see Making a Subject Access Request).
Individuals requiring Police Certificates for the purposes of applications for emigration, visas or residency in:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United States of America
If you require a disclosure for immigration to a country other than those listed above you should contact the relevant Embassy or High Commission for advice to establish whether an ACRO Police Certificate is acceptable.
Please note that a Certificate for the above countries is processed entirely by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Criminal Records Office (ACRO). All submissions and enquiries relating to this process should be directed to ACRO.
If you receive your check back from ACRO and you feel the information is incorrect (i.e misspelling of your name or address) you should contact them directly.
If you have a complaint regarding a specific offence (i.e. I didn’t commit that offence, the wording is wrong etc). Then you need to write to the Data Protection Unit of the Police Force that dealt with the offence in the first place.