Police Certificate Endorsement for ACRO (UK) and Your Canadian Permanent Residence Application

Learn about the essential step of finding an endorser for a UK police certificate

Last updated on
December 8, 2023

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A UK police certificate (ACRO) requires an endorser

For individuals pursuing their immigration to Canada, the path to permanent residence involves fulfilling various requirements, one of which is obtaining a police certificate from each country where they have resided for over 6 months. Particularly relevant to those aiming for the permanent resident route and originating from the United Kingdom, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) mandates a crucial step: obtaining an police certificate through the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Criminal Records Office (ACRO) website.

Understanding the Endorsement Process:

The current application procedure for an ACRO police certificate entails seeking an endorser who satisfies specific criteria. This endorser should have a minimum of two years of familiarity with the applicant, should not have a familial relationship, and must be above 18 years of age. Moreover, the endorser must belong to one of the designated occupations or similar listed in the application form. These occupations encompass an array of professions such as judges, doctors, accountants, teachers, and pharmacists, among others.

Challenges with Finding an Eligible Endorser:

However, a common concern emerges: What if an applicant is unable to find an endorser who meets the stringent occupational criteria? This is a valid concern for many applicants who might not have direct connections to professionals in the designated occupations.

ACRO's Clarifications Bring Relief:

In August 2023, an essential clarification was obtained by reaching out to ACRO. An individual from any occupation can serve as an endorser, provided they fulfill the remaining prerequisites, including being above 18 years old, not related to the applicant, and currently employed. ACRO also emphasized that an endorser cannot simultaneously be a student and employed.

Moreover, ACRO's clarification extended to geographical location – endorsers can be located either within or outside of the United Kingdom. This broader scope allows applicants more flexibility in finding a suitable endorser.

Assistance from Cédric Marin, Immigration Lawyer:

Navigating the intricate landscape of immigration applications, especially when nuances like endorser eligibility are involved, can be daunting. This is where the expertise of Cédric Marin comes into play. An experienced immigration lawyer with 5+ years of experience in immigration and refugee law, he can guide applicants through their permanent residence application, ensuring adherence to the latest updates and guidelines provided by IRCC.


In the pursuit of securing permanent residence in Canada, obtaining a police certificate endorsement is a pivotal step. With the ACRO's clarifications, applicants can rest assured that the occupational criteria for endorsers have a broader interpretation. As you embark on this journey, remember that seeking the assistance of an immigration lawyer can streamline the process and alleviate any uncertainties.

Embark on your journey towards Canadian permanent residence with confidence, armed with the knowledge of a more accessible path to police certificate endorsement. Whether your endorser is a doctor, engineer, or any other professional, ACRO's guidelines provide the flexibility needed for a smoother immigration process.

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Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is general informational purposes and it is not legal advice. The information not a substitute for professional legal advice, and it may not be appropriate for you. Do not rely exclusively on this blog. Always conduct your own research and due diligence. While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, immigration laws and regulations can vary and change over time. It is important to consult with a qualified immigration lawyer if you are unsure how to proceed.

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