Tier 1 (Investor) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Overseas Criminal Record Certificate Requirement
In April 2015, the Home Office introduced a new rule to require applicants to provide an overseas criminal record certificate from any country they have lived in continuously for 12 months or more over the past 10 years. This change is an important step in preventing foreign criminals from coming to the UK
This requirement will be introduced in phases, and will start with Tier 1 (Investor and Entrepreneur) applicants, and their adult dependants. The requirement does not currently apply to extensions or in-country switching applications.
This means that if you are to make the application after the 1st September 2015, you will need to start making arrangements to obtain the certificates from your resident country and any other country you have lived for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. Any adult dependants applying will also need to provide the certificates.
At Geo, we are currently representing some clients from China under Tier 1 ( Entrepreneur) category, these clients are advised to pick up an application form from their local police station to apply for the Certificate of No Criminal Convictions. There is a fee payable for the certificate and as the practice for providing these certificates varies from province to province and city to city, the sooner the clients make enquiries as to what the practice in their city is the better.
Of course, clients from other countries who are preparing their Tier 1 (investor) or (entrepreneur) applications should also contact relevant bodies in relevant countries as soon as possible.