Some countries may require particular information and materials to assess an entertainment visa application if they are of the view that there are character concerns of an applicant related to past criminal charges.
Here we have provided some information and guidance for the drafting and collating of supporting materials for addressing those concerns as they relate to a criminal history.
CHARACTER STATEMENT AND CRIMINAL HISTORY
With criminal issues, police certificates will need to be obtained to make sure all offences are referred and responded to. If there are any charges or convictions not included in the police certificate, these should also be addressed, if there is an online record of those charges.
An assessing country may research an applicant’s history as well, including sources such as news reports, Wikipedia, and possibly international agencies. Missing an offence or issue can jeopardise the application or cause extra delay or a second statement to be requested.
A personal statement in your own words own words, indicating what happened in the circumstances of each issue identified in the police report or elsewhere. This will help to provide context that is not in police certificates or reported media.
The statement will also need to provide details from after the offences (the charges or convictions), the outcome of those offences (eg. if a fine was paid, or completed rehabilitation, jail time etc). It is also important to outline what effect the event had on the applicant’s life, particularly when it was life changing, for the good. The length of the statement will depend upon the applicant’s personal circumstances.
For each item that appears on the police certificate, please include the following information:
If you require assistance with this step, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your version of the drafted statement will remain confidential throughout the process and will be settled and submitted by us, but it is important that you give us as much detail as possible. we don’t care if it is full of spelling mistakes and the grammar isn’t Pulitzer prize worthy. The most important aspect if the correct facts.
Depending on the country, the personal statement is often requested in the form of a sworn and witnessed statement (e.g. Commonwealth Statutory Declaration), to be signed by the applicant, and witnessed. We will put the completed statement in the correct format.
These are guidelines and everyone situation is different. Also don’t hold back on information as we know how to frame it correctly in the final versions, and to be honest we have seen and heard it all so nothing shocks us and we will not be sharing the information other than to be used for the application. –If you do not want specific people in your Band/team/crew etc the draft statements and information let us know so we can ensure that doesn’t occur.
In addition to the personal statement it can be helpful to have others provide support as well – this may entail further statements from friends or family who can give an overview of the situation.
CHARACTER REFERENCES We always recommend that that character references from people who have known you for a significant time be obtained and included.
Below is a suggested guideline and format of what to include in a letter of support:
Re: [insert applicants name]
c/- - McCormicks Law
292 Water Street
If we are instructed to draft separate submissions, we will need to refer to provided reference and make additional supporting comments on it.
LETTERS FROM BUSINESSES
Letters from businesses that are involved with the tour are also recommended in many cases. These letters would outline what loss the business would experience if the applicant is not granted a visa.
(c) McCormicks Law