What if I have lived overseas?

PLEASE NOTE: the Garda Vetting form which you complete only covers addresses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you have resided in countries outside of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a period of 6 months or more, it will be mandatory for you to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate […]

What if I have lived overseas?

PLEASE NOTE: the Garda Vetting form which you complete only covers addresses in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

If you have resided in countries outside of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a period of 6 months or more, it will be mandatory for you to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate from those countries stating that you have no convictions recorded against you while residing there.  You will need to provide a separate Police Clearance Certificate for each country you have resided in.   Clearance must be dated after the date you left the country/countries. Seeking security clearances from other countries (e.g. UK, USA etc.) are the responsibility of the applicant. It is a process which can take an amount of time.  Therefore we would strongly advise that you commence seeking international security clearances as soon as possible

The following websites may be of assistance to you in this regard:

 

United Kingdom

http://www.acro.police.uk/ICPC

 

Australia

www.afp.gov.au

This website will provide you with information on obtaining a national police clearance certificate for Australia.

 

New Zealand

www.courts.govt.nz

This website will provide you with information on obtaining police clearance in New Zealand.

 

United States of America

Please note that valid Security/Overseas Clearance from the USA must be obtained from the FBI only,

FBI Clearance is valid for all of the United States and convictions / remarks occurring anywhere in the United States would be noted.

Download the Applicant Information form here.
FD-258 Fingerprint Card

Credit Card Payment Form

The current processing time for an FBI Background Check is taking 12 – 14 weeks to complete from the date the request was received. Unfortunately, no requests can be expedited at this time due to the amount of work. All responses are mailed through the US Postal Service First Class Mail please allow standard mailing time (three weeks in the US and four weeks outside the US) to receive the response. There is no tracking number with the US Postal Service First Class Mail. Responses cannot be emailed.

 

Other Countries

For other countries not listed above you may find it helpful to contact the relevant embassies who could provide you with information on seeking Police Clearance.

Note: Any costs incurred in this process will be borne by the applicant.

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