Just wondering can anyone offer any advice on the following.
I have a friend who's in the process of applying for a E2 Visa to go and work in Asia. As part of his VISA requirements, he has to get a police background check done. Unfortunately, though he was arrested once back in his rebelliousness youth around six or seven years ago. The case went to court but it was thrown out and he didn't receive a caution or anything of the sort. The whole case took a matter of minutes.
He's a little worried though that this will show up on his background check, thus denying him the chance of a VISA. Does his arrest mean that he has a criminal record? Will it be reported on the background check?
I've done a search on the net about this and the definition of a criminal record seems to vary from country to country. Also, I can find little in relation as to what exactly constitutes a criminal record in Ireland. In other words, does it solely mean a conviction or does it include an arrest. As an aside, I thing this area of law is quite an interesting one although a grey one from what I can tell.
I've told him that he has probably nothing to worry about but it would be great if anyone here could offer any advice in relation to the issue.