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Hi,

I lived in Australia between Dec 2007 and June 2012 on both a working holiday visa and then a 457 business sponsored visa. I moved back to the UK last year for family reasons, and now regret not having got my permanent residency. I understand that, as a Chartered Accountant, i can apply for an independent skilled working visa (PR), however, while i was in Sydney, i got a convicted of DUI in December 2010.

Will this mean that i am ineligible to apply under the good character requirements?

This is my only ever offence, and completely out of character.

Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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No, you should be fine. They're only looking for serious criminality and/or convictions resulting in a prison sentence of 12 months or more. A DUI does not fit under this category. However, you will need to obtain a police certificate and you will need to state the conviction on your visa application. But it will not have a negative impact on your application.
 
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