International Police Checks by Australia Post Not Suitable for Visa Purposes



You may have heard that Australia Post has introduced a new service for obtaining International Police Checks.


Unfortunately, it was recently clarified by MIA (Migration Institute of Australia) that the checks obtained through this service are not suitable for immigration and visa application purposes. We have been advised that these checks are for employment purposes only, and are actually considerably more expensive than the usual Department authorised police checks.


To avoid wasting time and causing delays to your application, you should obtain Department-authorised police checks the first-time round.



So, where do you get these Department-authorised international police checks?


The Department of Home Affairs website has a very comprehensive tool showing you where to get Department-authorised international police checks for your visa-application/immigration purposes.


Following the Character Requirements page, you'll get to this page with country-specific information. Then simply follow the instructions under the 'Police Check' section.




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