What is a Non-Conviction Certificate?

Non-Conviction Certificate,also called Police Certificate, is an official document issued as a result of a background check by the police or government agency of a country to enumerate any criminal records that the applicant may have. Criminal records may include arrest, conviction, and possibly criminal proceedings. A police certificate is also known as good citizen certificate (in Hong Kong), good conduct certificate, police clearance certificate, national police history check (in Australia) or judicial record extracts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_certificate).


When is a Non-Conviction Certificate Required?

In countries all over the world  individuals may be required by employers or government departments to produce a Non-Conviction Certificate for number of different reasons.  The following are some examples:1.Employers in the Defense, Law Enforcement or Security sectors will require job applicants to provide an NCC2.Countries such as Canada require foreign nationals who apply for permanent residence to provide Police Certificates from the countries where they have resided prior to arriving in Canada3.Countries such as the UK require immigrants who wish to apply for work to provide Police Certificates



Non-Conviction Certificates (NCC) for the Republic of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region 

How to Apply for an NCC for Iraq?

You can only apply for a Non-Conviction Certificate (NCC) by attending one of the Iraqi diplomatic missions in person and  submitting an application.  In the UK, for example, Iraq has two diplomatic missions where an NCC application can be made, the first in London (www.mofa.gov.iq/london) and the second in Manchester (www.mofa.gov.iq/Manchester).  The detailed procedure may vary between Iraqi diplomatic missions of different countries, so you should phone them, or visit their website first.  The basic steps are the same, you need to:

Step 1 – Attend the Iraqi diplomatic in person.

Step 2 – Have an Agent inside Iraq who will complete processing your application when it reaches Iraq (we at Iraq Lawyer will assign an Agent in Iraq to take over processing your application when it reaches Iraq).

Step 3 – Pay the fee charged by the diplomatic mission (the fee charged by the Iraqi Consulate in New Delhi in August 2021 was around $300 USD).

Step 4 – Complete forms specifying purpose for the applications and details of your Agent in Iraq.

Step 5 –  Allow your fingerprints to be taken by the mission staff.

Step 6 –  Grant a Power Of Attorney (POA) to your Agent in Iraq.

We at Iraq Lawyer will follow through progress of the application and then ship the final NCC to you via DHL international couriers (https://www.dhl.com/ 


CASE STUDY:

Non-Conviction Certificate (NCC) Application Made at the Iraqi Embassy in New Delhi in August 2021