thanks for the info guys...
i should clarify that i am onto the final 'visa' part of the process (the checklist i posted was after receiving packet 3 etc..) and i should have made that clear.
i amended my post just before 'posting live' just to give a background on what i was applying for incase anyone asked but i can see now that i hadn't made myself clear.. apologies.
indeed i appreciate that there are no hard and fast rules and i guess i should apply for a new police certificate before receiving my appoinment letter (should be plenty of time!)
it would just be a bit unfair on all the people that have already acquired their police certificates recently to then have to reapply if they haven't had their visa interview yet, especially as we were led to believe that they were good for 12 months.. a slight moving of the goalposts??
but, hey... another hoop to jump through and to add to the pile will keep me on my toes
having this forum helps a great deal.. i've already gathered all of my documents and evidence and have sent the checklist off stating so.
because of that i wouldn't have found out about the new police check at all until possibly my interview date.. scary!
i'll keep checking in.. thanks again,