From 1 September 2015, all Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor applicants will be required to produce a criminal record certificate from every country (excluding the UK) they have lived in continuously for 12 months or more in the ten years prior to the application. Adult dependants will also have to produce certificates for the same period. The certificates must have been issued within 6 months of the visa application. If an original certificate is not in English, a certified translation must be provided.
Failure to provide a certificate without an acceptable explanation will lead to a mandatory refusal of the application under the General Grounds of Refusal under the Immigration Rules. Production of false or fraudulently obtained certificates may lead to a 10 year ban on entry to the UK.
This is a trial scheme and it is intended that it will be extended to other types of visa next year, depending on its success. However, it is not intended to extend the scheme to visitors or EU migrants.
July 21, 2015UK visa & immigration consultation