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Hi, this is my first of many questions I'm sure... We are currently at the very beginning of this long and complicated process of applying for a D7 visa and I am really stumbling at the first hurdle.. I know that I need to submit a Criminal Records Check and spent many hours last night completing it, uploading documents in the right format etc etc (only to have lost it by this morning!!) But, my question is... how do I know that ACRO is a legitimate website? I could be sending all of my my personal details to some fraudulent site and paying £55 for the privilege.. Can anybody help me with some reassurance or maybe a link to a site that they have used successfully... Thank you.. 

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www.acro.police.uk is the official police website for such checks.

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@old-bloke Thank you.. that is reassuring..

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Lucky you that you have only 1 super easy country to do police checks from! I got 3 and they are not easy 😀

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@itexpert7 oh my!  Do they require a police check from multiple countries ?  Every country one has lived in? For me that would be quite a few

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@itexpert7 Thank you for response... That is interesting to know about different countries.. When completing my last addresses for the past 10 years it included two addresses in France.. Does that mean that have to check France as well as my home addresses in Uk.? Nothing to hide you understand!!!! Just wondering if that will make it more complicated..

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Well that was all very efficient and easy (this is boding well!!), received my Certificate in the post today saying I am not a criminal!!! This was done in about one week, so pretty efficient by todays standards.. I now have a million more questions but suppose I should post them under a different heading.. Again, thanks to one and all for taking the time to respond.. 

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@itexpert7 I was under the impression that you only have to provide a criminal background check from either the country of origin or the country in which you have been resident over a year? It states that here: https://vistos.mne.gov.pt/en/national-visas/necessary-documentation/residency

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I just used ACRO for a criminal record check for my citizenship application, they are a legitimate site and sent the documents in the time frame they promised. 

Incidentally, do you need to get your documents legalised for the D7 visa?

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@pamalcobaca thanks for the response.. I took a leap of faith yesterday and just sent it in, so that is reassuring to know, thank you.. I am not quite sure about 'legalising' documents - that's something else I shall have to worry about I'm sure..

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Hi there, probably too late to the party on this one, and my reply only applies to those residing in Scotland, but I applied to Disclosure Scotland (£25 fee) and they sent me the cert through within a week or so.

https://www.mygov.scot/disclosure-types  

And it was accepted by VFS ok.

Good luck with the application process! 

 

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@gav Thats great to know for me as the Acro one was looking a bit of a pain in the backside as am struggling to think of an endorser being billy no mates 🙁

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@gav Could you tell me if you had to get the disclosure notarised/apostilled or any other docs you had to supply?

 

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@blaze451 Hi there, no, didn't have to do any of that 👍

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@gav cheers, once less expense to have to account for.

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@blaze451 Haha I know, right!

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