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      Marloes Schuurman

      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Depending on your identity and nationality, background checks might be referred to as RCMP checks, criminal record checks, FBI checks, police checks, DBS checks, and police clearance certificates.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>All teachers require submitting a government level criminal record check from the designated issuing authority within their country of citizenship.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>CRCs should have an issue date that is within six months of the applicant’s VIN number application date. Outdated checks that are older than six months are not acknowledged by Korean Immigration.</p>
      <h2>Important to Note</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Prior to submitting your CRC to Korean Immigration for processing, it MUST be verified with an Apostille.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Note: Canadians need to get a JLAC validation and embassy verification stamp as an option in contrast to the Apostille. Refer to our verification pages for guidelines.</p>

      <h2>American Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>There are several ways to order an FBI check in the US, however, just two techniques that Korean Immigration requires. The first way is to get FBI check independently, straightforwardly from the FBI. The second way is to utilize a FBI approved channeler.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>More significantly, the FBI can give the background check-in 2 formats: Electronically in PDF format which is sent to you via email, or physical paper format which is sent to you through registered mail. We enthusiastically suggest going with the electronic choice whenever the situation allows. Why? Since the FBI ordinarily gives the electronic checks within 2-3 work days, while the paper checks can take weeks.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”><b>Also Read:</b> How to Teach English in Korea?</p>

      <h2>Canadian Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Canadian teachers need to submit government level background checks from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). To arrange a RCMP Check, you’ll need an order form (given by the police or fingerprinting company) and a completed fingerprint card.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>There are two different ways to order an RCMP check. The first way is by submitting your fingerprints electronically through an advanced fingerprinting service (what we advise). The second way is by submitting a paper fingerprint card through registered mail.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”><b>Method 1</b></p>

      <h2>Submit your fingerprint card electronically</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Travel and Teach strongly advises Canadians to secure their RCMP check through an electronic finger-printing service whenever possible. Why? Because digital finger-printing services are 10x times faster than paper finger-print cards which get submitted by registered mail.  The electronic option is a huge time saver and it’s also cheaper.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>If you’re unable to utilize the electronic service, going with the paper fingerprint card is totally fine, just be prepared for a lengthy waiting period of up to 8 weeks.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Where can I get electronic fingerprinting services? Many police stations now offer electronic fingerprinting, just call to inquire. There are also a handful of companies with nationwide offices that offer the service. Two of the companies we recommend are Commissionaires and Clearneed (links below).</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”><b>METHOD 2</b></p>

      <h2>Submit a paper fingerprint card by mail</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>The RCMP still accepts paper fingerprint cards by registered mail. To order your check with a paper card you need will need to visit a police station to have your fingerprints professionally stamped onto the respective RCMP fingerprint card.</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>We strongly advise NOT using this option because of the lengthy processing timeline (up to 2 months) and lack of status updates from the RCMP (you won’t know when the check will be ready). Only submit your request via paper fingerprint card if you don’t have an available electronic option nearby.</p>

      <h2>British Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>There are 3 places to order criminal record checks in the United Kingdom:, and Where you should order your check from depends on your current location (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland).</p>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Important Note: Each site offers 3 types of checks; Basic, Standard or Enhanced. Korean Immigration accepts all 3, therefore, we recommend going with the Basic DBS or Basic Disclosure when possible (it’s less expensive and the turnaround is faster).</p>

      <h2>England and Wales</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>People residing in England or Wales can request a Basic, Standard or Enhanced DBS Check from The Disclosure and Barring Service which is on the site.</p>

      <p class=”MsoNormal”>People residing in Scotland can request a Disclosure from the Disclosure Scotland site. All 3 types of checks – basic, standard and enhanced checks – are accepted by Korean Immigration.</p>

      <h2>Northern Ireland</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>People residing in Northern Ireland can request an AccessNI Check from the niDirect portal. All 3 types of checks – basic, standard and enhanced – are accepted by Korean Immigration.</p>

      <h2>Australian Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Australian teachers should obtain a National Police Check from the Australian Federal Police (AFP)website. There are 2 options available; name based search reports and fingerprint based search reports. Korean Immigration accepts both types of checks.</p>

      <h2>Irish Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Irish teachers should obtain a Police Certificate from their respective county’s Garda Síochána office. You can apply for the certificate in person or by mail to the superintendent who is in charge of the district where you currently live or lived previously.</p>

      <h2>New Zealand Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>Teachers from New Zealand must secure a federal level Criminal Record Check, sometimes referred to as a Criminal Conviction Check, from the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.</p>

      <h2>South African Background Check Requirements</h2>
      <p class=”MsoNormal”>South African teachers need to acquire a federal level Police Clearance Certificate from the South African Police Service. To order the report, you will need to fill out the respective application form and fingerprint card.  The fingerprint card needs to be completed by the South African Police Service.</p>

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