Hi, I don't know will u help me by giving me advice.
I would like to ask is, about 9years back, I was put in prison due to possession of drugs for 6months+, back then I was 20 only. Would like to know, am I considered with a criminal record? Am I allow to check on my own background with the police?
I'm planning to move on to aussie or UK, am thinking will I have any issues in applying a visa? Will the police clearance certificate shows what type of crimes that we have committed? Or they will just show, 'have criminal record'?
Hope you can advise. cos so far I've checked spf webby, its like we cannot anyhow to ask for Police clearance certificate.
You're Singaporean [?] and are looking to move to the UK or Australia.
You don't say where your conviction was, so it's hard to know how open your records are, SG I imagine.
There is a concept in the UK of a 'spent conviction'. It means minor stuff is erased from your record X years after it occurred. I think the idea is that you've faced justice, taken the punishment, and past mistakes should not be a burden to someone for the rest of their lives.
So I think it reasonable to expect say the UK authorities to consider foreign applicants' records through a similar prism. Just say something like possession of weed from X years ago, with justice done, I can't see they're going to be too bothered about that kind of thing (since weed is virtually decriminalised in the UK).