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Australian Police Check - applying from overseas

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Hi all,

I live overseas and need to apply for an Australian police check and just have a few questions:

1. I know that they say once you apply online it usually takes 48 hours for the AFP to then complete and post it, but I was just wondering has anyone had any expereince here and does it really only take 48 hours in most cases (unless there are criminal convictions)?

2. Can I have the certificate posted to family in Australia so that they can scan it and send it to me so I don't have to wait longer for it to be posted overseas?

3. Is the date that it is valid from (I understand that it is only valid for 12 months for immigration purposes) the date that I apply for it or the date that they issue it?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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4 hours ago, joe19 said:

Hi all,

I live overseas and need to apply for an Australian police check and just have a few questions:

1. I know that they say once you apply online it usually takes 48 hours for the AFP to then complete and post it, but I was just wondering has anyone had any experience here and does it really only take 48 hours in most cases (unless there are criminal convictions)?

2. Can I have the certificate posted to family in Australia so that they can scan it and send it to me so I don't have to wait longer for it to be posted overseas?

3. Is the date that it is valid from (I understand that it is only valid for 12 months for immigration purposes) the date that I apply for it or the date that they issue it?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Generally an AFP National Police Check is processed very quickly, and 48 hrs is from our experience too. When you apply online you will have the option to select a mailing address in Australia. 

The AFP National Police Check is valid for 12 months from date of issue for immigration purposes.

When applying online, ensure that you use the actual AFP website and not one of the third party ones that looks like the AFP site, but charges in some cases more than double the current $42 fee.

Also for Purpose of Check select

> Purpose Type > Commonwealth Employment / Purpose 

> Purpose of Check > 33 Immigration/Citizenship - for supply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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Please note that this posting is of a general nature only. It does not constitute legal or migration advice and may not apply to your particular circumstances.

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