Juba wrote:Anyone know the process for British citizens?
Having done it earlier this year (I started the process in January and got the APRC in July), I can answer that as follows:
(1) Submit a request for information about you held on the police national computer. I submitted mine to the Metropolitan Police at the following address:
National Identification Service, Subject Access Office, Room 350, New Scotland Yard, Broadway, London SW1H 0BG.
You must fill in a form, provide proof of identity, and pay a fee (about ten quid if I remember correctly).
They'll acknowledge receipt of the application and tell you that you may have to wait up to a couple of months before you receive the results of the search.
When they've done it, they'll send you a document which should (you hope) say that "From the personal details supplied in your request there is no information held about you in the Person Record category of the Police National Computer." That's the nearest we can get in the UK to the requisite certificate, and is accepted here for the purposes of applying for permanent residence.
(2) Once you've got your certificate, the next step is to get it stamped (authenticated) by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. There's another fee to pay for this (about ten quid again, I think). Also, because time is short, you'd best take the option of paying a few quid extra to have the thing sent back to you by express mail.
(3) When you get the certificate back with its BFCO stamp, you must send it off to London again, this time to the Travel Document Handling Unit of the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K., for legalization. You must fill out the appropriate form and send them proof of identity, a stamped self-addressed envelope, and another ten-pound fee (no cheques accepted this time, so I just enclosed cash).
(4) When you get the legalized document back, you must take it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for verification. This is actually free (whoopee!).
(5) Get the certificate and all the stamps and everything on it translated into Chinese.
(6) Take the translation and original to a notary public for notarization (i.e., they certify that the English translation is correct).
Then you're all done and ready to add this document to all the others collected for your PR application.
So just to recap, the six steps are: (1) Certification, (2) authentication, (3) legalization, (4) validation, (5) translation and (6) notarization.
It's a pain in the arse and you have to race against time, but it's worth it when it finally gets you that precious APRC.