Security clearance question

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
I am coming into my 5th month waiting to hear back from my security clearance and have been told to give them a call at the end of this month. I have had to do a security check overseas from my 2 and a half years spent travelling Australia and my mate has just decided to tell me I have an unpaid speeding ticket and 2 parking tickets which I didn't know about and have been left behind.
Would this be a problem on my security clearance? Not sure if it's like a council ticket fine or how it works? It's making me worried now as it's taking a while. Apologies if this sounds daft. Not sure if this sort of thing would affect entry but need to put my mind at ease. Praying it's all good so I can get my start date. Cheers mi deers
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Speeding tickets and parking tickets are only an issue if they are unresolved and result in a court summons for non-payment, thus becoming a criminal offence rather than a motoring offence that otherwise need not be declared.

You can either wait for National Security Vetting to say "Oi Lofty, there's something you've forgotten about..." or can address the issue before it escalates. Then again, it may not.

Generally for those living overseas for more than 180 consecutive days in the 5 years prior to entry a residency waiver is required. One thing that helps speed SC is producing a Police Check print out to show you're clean as a whilstle. Commonwealth countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand are usually pretty sharp when it comes to completing security checks from UK as they have a reciprocal agreement. It is therefore unusual to take 5 months for SC if living in Oz.

I'm guessing the parking tickets and speeding fines were camera captured rather than issued on he spot because otherwise you would know about them already and being a fine, upstanding citizen, would've settled them instantly rather than asked "Erm can I get away with not paying?" :)
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
I'm guessing the parking tickets and speeding fines were camera captured rather than issued on he spot because otherwise you would know about them already and being a fine, upstanding citizen, would've settled them instantly rather than asked "Erm can I get away with not paying?" :)

Today I've learnt that I am more cynical than Ninja :rolleyes:
 

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
I'm guessing they may now be summoned to court over there but I'm not sure as I have been back in the UK 2 years now and my mate thought it would be a fine idea to only just mention these to me after he threw my mail away! The parking ticket may not be so bad as I think it's a council fine, but the police speeding ticket is worrying me now. Even more so that the aussies like to double and triple the fines as weeks go on. My AFCO told me he was sorting me a waiver form and he is waiting to hear back by the 26th April so I'm waiting anxiously now I've heard about these tickets. Maybe I should give him a call tomorrow and mention these? Or maybe is it too late now it's the 5th month? I sent my SC off on the 13th December 2016 and still waiting. I have a print off of a police check for my time spent in Aus incase they need this too. Praying I'm ok I will be absolutely gutted if this affects my chances of entry
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
I'm guessing they may now be summoned to court over there but I'm not sure as I have been back in the UK 2 years now and my mate thought it would be a fine idea to only just mention these to me after he threw my mail away! The parking ticket may not be so bad as I think it's a council fine, but the police speeding ticket is worrying me now. Even more so that the aussies like to double and triple the fines as weeks go on. My AFCO told me he was sorting me a waiver form and he is waiting to hear back by the 26th April so I'm waiting anxiously now I've heard about these tickets. Maybe I should give him a call tomorrow and mention these? Or maybe is it too late now it's the 5th month? I sent my SC off on the 13th December 2016 and still waiting. I have a print off of a police check for my time spent in Aus incase they need this too. Praying I'm ok I will be absolutely gutted if this affects my chances of entry
Don't sweat it too much. If anything needs to be addressed, NSV will invite you to address it before granting SC. If NSV say nowt and grant SC just pray you never visit Australia on a war canoe as there could be a large bill awaiting settlement upon arrival.

If you completed and submitted your online SC application on 13th December, that's only about three and a half months ago, which is about right. The police check print will quite often help speed the residency waiver which is required before SC can be granted.
 

NateDogg

Lantern Swinger
This worries me too they will wipe me out if I arrive back in Adelaide :eek: I will have to grow my hair and a turbo tash and try slip under the radar.
They have only contacted me to gather more previous addresses from years ago when I was young so hopefully this is good news.
I have 3 weeks to wait for the call so fingers and toes crossed everything is ok, I will be chuffed to bits if everything's ok.
Thanks for reassuring me I feel a bit better now, hopefully they don't mention any tickets in next few weeks!
 

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