Going abroad and conviction by foreign courts

The ROA only applies to the UK, and it has no effect on the laws of other countries. This means, for example, that applicants for immigration and work permits or for visas to countries such as the USA will be under a duty to disclose spent convictions. This is unless the law of the relevant country has an Act similar to the ROA, in which case the extent of your duty will often be made clear on the application form. If in doubt about the law of the country concerned, ask the embassy or high commission in this country.

By contrast, the ROA makes it clear that within the UK a conviction by a court outside Great Britain is to be treated in exactly the same way as a conviction before a British court.
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