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For Visa applications and Family sponsors

You and your family member are required to provide a penal clearance certificate or police check from each country visited, if:

  • You and your family member included in the application are 17 years of age or older; and
  • You and your family member who lived or travelled outside Australia since turning 16 years of age; and
  • the total time spent outside Australia added up to 12 months or more; or
  • You and your family member included in the application are requested by the Department.

 All visa applicants (and Family Sponsors) are required to provide a penal clearance certificate or police check from each country visited in the last 10 years, if:

  • they lived or travelled outside Australia since the age of 16 years or over; and
  • the time spent in any one country was more than 12 months cumulatively.

If you have lived in Australia for a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years (these 12 months are calculated cumulatively, not consecutively) you are required to provide an Australian Federal Police (AFP) clearance by completing a National Police Check Online Application Form.

You can also visit AFP website for further details of the fees for National Police Checks.

To obtain a police clearance from a specific country you can visit following link  apply for a police certificate in the relevant countries.

For more information about the character requirement, see Character requirements for visas.

For Citizenship applications

All citizenship applicants are required to provide a penal clearance certificate or police check from each country visited, if:

  • You and your family member who lived outside Australia since the age of 18 years or over; and
  • the total time spent outside Australia added up to 12 months or more; and
  • the time spent in any one country was more than 90 days; or
  • You and your family member who is included in the application requested to do so by the Department.

Persons applying for Australian citizenship aged 18 years and over must satisfy the ‘good character’ requirements.

Any applicant for citizenship by conferral, whether under or over 18 years of age, cannot be approved for citizenship in certain circumstances relating to criminal offences.

For more information and country-specific instructions on how to obtain a police clearance, see Character requirements for Australian Citizenship.

For more information about the character requirement, see Character requirements for Australian Citizenship

If you seek help regarding migration to Australia, kindly contact one of our Registered Migration Agent.

If you need to book an appointment follow the following link https://anzsco.emcaustralia.com.au/make-an-appointment/

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