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Visa Applications

When applying for a visa to live or work overseas, you may need checks carried out on the Police National Computer (PNC) and/or a copy of your fingerprints taken. The application process may vary depending on the country you are applying to.

The following page provides Visa information for the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • US

If you require a police certificate for immigration purposes  for entry to any of the above countries, you are now required to complete an ACRO police certificate application.

ACRO may also be able to provide a police certificate for immigration purposes for countries not listed above. You can find more information on their frequently asked questions page.

Fees and time scales

ACRO offer two services, standard and a fast track service designed for those wishing to obtain a visa quickly.

  • Standard application: £45 (10 working days)
  • Fast track application: £80 (2 working days)

Useful links

ACRO Police Certificates

ACRO Police Certificates FAQs

Useful contacts

All enquiries about how the process works, timescales for responses, and any other enquiries should be directed to ACRO:

Subject Access
PO Box 623
PO14 9HR

02380 479 920 (International: 0044 2380 479 920)

Fingerprints for the public

We are able to handle requests for your fingerprints to be taken. This is commonly required for visas or similar applications.

This service is only available at Force Headquarters and does incur a charge.

For further details go to the Fingerprinting Services page.