cubewarrior wrote:This was written prior to the Taiwan Government removing the requirement for UK criminal record check, the new requirements based on applicant having been resident in Taiwan for 5+ years are detailed in other areas of this 'string'....
Unfortunately I still do - https://taiwanease.com/article/21/Ge ... ertificate
3. You might need to get a CCRD. (Clear Criminal Record Document) from your home country. You won’t need a criminal record check from your home country if you meet the waiver requirements. During your 5 years of residency, you can’t have been out of Taiwan for over 3 months on any single trip. So, as long as you still have met the residency requirements of 183 days per year for each of the 5 years and were never out of Taiwan for over 3 months on any single trip, you won’t need to provide the criminal record check from your home country.
I spent 4 months in the UK (November-March) and my CPA told me I need the CCRD because of the bit in bold. Edit:
NB I have been in Taiwan for more than 183 days in each year, so this is not an issue
Incidentally I submitted the form here http://www.acro.police.uk/subject_access.aspx
I clicked through for Warwickshire, filled the form in and sent it off. I got a call the next day from Warwickshire Police to say it's the wrong form. I need an SAR 1 form, i.e. one of thesehttp://www.warwickshire.police.uk/pubsc ... ROSAR1.pdf
To get an SAR. However they strongly advised me to apply for a Police Certificate, i.e. one of thesehttp://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx
Police Certificates are quicker to get and only include convictions. On the other hand they are rather expensive. The form says
Standard Service - £45.00 (10 working days, Not including dates of receipt or dispatch)
Premium Service - £80.00 (2 working days, Not including dates of receipt or dispatch)
You need to get a passport photo signed by an Accountant, Solicitor etc - the full list is on the form. They need to have know you for 2+ years and not be a family member.
An SAR is cheap - only £10 but takes 40 days to process (not a problem for me). It would include arrests and cautions as well as convictions. Now that difference is rather academic to me since I don't have any convictions, arrests or cautions in the UK.
However there is a question as to what the Taiwanese NIA will accept. It is rumoured (e.g. http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... s#p1121742
) that an SAR is acceptable and a Police Certificate is not.
I called the NIA hotline which is 24 hour and is (from https://www.immigration.gov.tw/ct.asp?x ... 32289&mp=2
) 0800-024-111 ( or +886800024011 from outside Taiwan - I'm in the UK at the moment ). They could not advise me whether a Police Certificate or SAR is acceptable.
I've got a number in Taiwan for the NIA which I'll call tonight in Taiwan office hours (8am to 5pm) to find out what they will accept.
However it would be very interesting if anyone here can confirm or deny that an SAR or a Police Certificate has been accepted for their APRC.Edit :
I called up the NIA and they confirmed I am eligible. They do not have any preferred document which means that from their perspective either an SAR or an ACPO Police Certificate should be acceptable. I'm inclined to get both for safety to be honest - the ACPO police certificate should be here pretty quickly and the SAR is cheap and will serve as a backup.