How to Apply for Australian Federal Police Clearance for Visa Purposes

How to Apply for Australian Federal Police Clearance for Visa Purposes
When I was processing my Australian Partner visa, one of the documents that were required for me is submitting an AFP (Australian Federal Police) Clearance. Some visa applicants weren’t required to submit this document; however, it makes sense to me since I was already here in Australia during the time of my partner visa application.  

The Australian Federal Police Clearance is a counterpart of the Philippines ’ NBI Clearance. (I’ve already submitted my NBI Clearance).

The process is very straightforward, very easy to apply, and everything is online. Although, you can also choose to send your application via post. 

Based on my experience, I can say that it is a much easier process than getting an NBI Clearance in the Philippines.

UPDATE: I reapplied for a new AFP Certificate this month of June 2022, and they send me a digital AFP Clearance. I guess they switch to paperless now. 

How to Apply for the Australian Federal Police Check

Check all the details at the Australian Federal Police website

Application completion guide

You have two options for submitting your application:

* Online – link here https://afpnationalpolicechecks.converga.com.au/

* A downloadable form for manual completion and submission via the post. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

The following requirements must be met when submitting an AFP National Police Check (NPC) application. Failure to meet the required standards will result in the application not being processed.

1. All other names by which you are known or have previously been known (such as your maiden name), must be provided in full, including given names. Check that your date of birth is correctly entered.

2. You can pay using either Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Alternatively, for a manually completed application, you may pay by bank cheque, which must be in Australian dollars or money order obtainable from Australia Post. Personal and Company Cheques will not be accepted. 

3. Copies of identification documents totaling 100 points must be provided with your application.

4. Parental consent will be required if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

For manually completed applications:
               You must submit the form no more than three months after signing it.

               Mark the appropriate checkboxes with a cross (X).

               Ensure you secure all paperwork, forms, payment, and identification for your application.

               Ensure all the necessary details have been completed and the form is signed and dated.

               The application form must be completed using block letters (ie capital/uppercase)

               Bank cheques and money orders are to be in Australian dollars ($AUD) and are to be made payable to the Australian Federal Police.

If paying by bank cheque it must be from an Australian bank or financial institution affiliated with an Australian bank. Personal and Company cheques will not be accepted.

identity document checklist for AFp application

During my online AFP application, I submitted my valid Philippine passport, my Australian Learner’s Permit ID, my Medicare card, my bank statements from my ANZ account here in Australia, and the latest property lease agreement of our current residence. Overall, I got 185-points enough documents required. 

National Police Certificates

Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police are printed on secure paper. This secure paper is now used nationally by all Australian Police Services.

The paper has a number of security features including:
-a watermark consisting of multiple images of a padlock with two keys which is visible when held up to the light

-fluorescent tricolor threads on both sides of the document glow blue, yellow, and red when held under ultraviolet light

-a border to the right of the police logos on the front of the document is printed in MICROTYPE which can be read when viewed under magnification

-images on the front are printed in heat-sensitive ink and, when moderate heat or friction is applied, they will fade or disappear momentarily

-hidden images printed in fluorescent ink and will glow yellow when viewed under ultraviolet light
-screened background printed in solvent reactive ink

Here is the picture of my AFP Clearance, with my personal details all hidden.

sample of AFP Clearance
I only paid $42.00 for this type of AFP Clearance. Check the other fees below.


The fees for National Police Checks and related services are:

$42.00 for each National Police Check application from a government department or an individual.

$99.00 for a fingerprint and National Police Check application where fingerprints are supplied to the AFP on application.

$139.00 for a fingerprint and National Police Check application, where fingerprints are taken and processed by the AFP.

Additional TIPS:

Make sure that all your identity documents are written in ENGLISH or provide an English translation next to the document. 

The fees are inclusive of the delivery to your mailing address. It took 2 to 3 weeks before I received my police clearance from my mailbox. 

UPDATE: I reapplied for a new AFP Certificate this month of June 2022, and they send me a digital AFP Clearance. I guess they switch to paperless now. 

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