New UK police clearance rules

Cayman Islands immigration officials have warned they will no longer accept “affidavits of character” in place of police clearance certificates from United Kingdom citizens.

The policy of allowing affidavits was put in place in the 1980s to make life more convenient for British people, who at that time faced a wait of up to three months for official U.K. police clearance certificates.

Changes to the process in the U.K. now mean official certificates can be obtained within two weeks, rendering the previous policy unnecessary.

“The change from our perspective is necessary to ensure consistency and to improve our ability to confirm the character of the individuals who wish to enter, work and reside in our islands,” said Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans.

Police clearance certificates for U.K. citizens can be obtained online at www.acro.police.uk.

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