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Background Checks - Criminal Record Checks for Teaching in Korea

Depending on your nationality background checks may be referred to as criminal record checks, police checks, basic disclosures or police clearance certificates.

  1. All teachers must submit specific types of criminal record checks (CRC) from the designated issuing authority within their country of citizenship.

  2. CRC's issued through third party providers are not acceptable by Korean Immigration; meaning, you can NOT use a private company or channeler to obtain the CRC. All background checks must come directly from the designated police department or government office/bureau that’s responsible for issuing the type of check Korean Immigration requires. CRCs that were ordered online and come as ‘print outs’ are NOT accepted by the Korean authorities.

  3. CRCs must have an issue date that’s within 6 months of the applicant’s visa application date. Outdated criminal record checks (older than 6 months) are not accepted by the Korean authorities.To be safe, people applying for the spring hiring session should have an August 15th (of the previous year) or later, issue date on their CRC. Likewise, people applying for the fall hiring session should have a February 15th (of the same year) or later, issue date on their CRC.

  4. IMPORTANT: Before sending your CRC to Korea for processing it MUST be authenticated with an Apostille seal certificate (note: Canadian teachers need to secure a consulate verification stamp as an alternative to the Apostille Seal). Refer to our Apostille pages for authentication procedures (USA Apostille or International Apostille).

 
American CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • Type of Check: All Americans must submit national level criminal record checks from the FBI - no exceptions. Note: State level CRC’s are no longer accepted.

  • Timeline: FBI checks usually take to 2 months to process; therefore, it’s imperative for American’s to order their checks in advance.

  • Please be advised: Every semester a large group of our American applicants miss the document submission deadline (i.e. fail to land a job) because they didn’t order their FBI check on time. If you’re serious about the opportunity then please make sure to order your CRC in advance.

  • Authenticating FBI Checks – Apostille Authentication: American teachers must have their FBI check authenticated with an Apostille seal from the Department of State. Without the Apostille authentication seal Korean Immigration will not process your documents for visa issuance. Click HERE for apostille authentication procedures.

    IMPORTANT: Korean Immigration does NOT accept FBI checks that were issued by private channelers or other state level institutions. All Americans must request their criminal record check directly from the FBI – no exceptions.

    How to order an FBI background check: We advise all American’s to confirm current policies and procedures with the FBI before submitting their request.
  • Step 1 – Complete the FBI’s Application Information Form (Click Here to open the application form)

  • Step 2 – Complete the FBI’s fingerprint form. You can have your fingerprint impressions taken by a fingerprinting technician or your local law enforcement agency. (Click Here to open the fingerprint form)

  • Step 3 – Decide on a payment method. Payment Option 1: Obtain a money order or cashier’s check payable to the Treasury of the United Stated. Option 2: Pay by credit card with the FBI’s credit card payment form.

  • Step 4 – Complete the FBI checklist (Click Here to open the checklist)

  • Step 5 – Mail all of the above forms and documents to the FBI

    FBI Mailing Address (as of August 2013)

    FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Clarksburg, WV 26306


    FBI Homepage: http://www.fbi.gov/
 
Australian CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • Australian checks are usually referred to as Police Checks or Police Certificates.

  • Australian teachers must submit Federal Level Police Checks; meaning, the check must constitute a nationwide search. Applicants can download the Australian National Police Check Application Form directly from the Australian Federal Police website: http://www.afp.gov.au

  • Note: All Australians need to have their checks authenticated with an Apostille Seal. Refer to our International Apostille page for details.
 
British CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • The Korean authorities currently accept 4 different types of criminal record checks from British teachers – Basic Disclosures, Standard Disclosures, Enhanced Disclosures and Subject Access Reports.

  • Subject Access Reports take 40 days to process and standard or enhanced disclosures require extra paper work; therefore, Gone2Korea advises all British applicants to secure Basic Disclosures when possible (Basic Disclosures are cheaper, have a shorter processing period and are usually issued within 3 weeks of the application date).

  • How to order a Basic Disclosure: Simply visit the Disclosure Scotland website and follow their easy step-by-step application instructions.

  • Note: All Brits need to have their check authenticated with an Apostille Seal. Refer to the International Apostille page of our site for details.
 
Canadian CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • Canadian teachers MUST secure National level FINGER-PRINT based checks from the RCMP. Name and DOB based checks or provincial level finger-print checks are not accepted by Korean Immigration.

  • Please be advised: All Canadians must have their original RCMP background check verified by the Korean consulate with a Consulate Verification Stamp - no exceptions. NOTE: Canadians cannot have their checks authenticated with an Apostilled seal because Canada is not a signatory of the Apostille treaty.

  • How do I request nationwide criminal background check from the RCMP? There are 2 ways to secure finger-print based checks from the RCMP.

    1- Electronic finger-print submission (recommended method)

    2- Paper finger-print card submission by registered mail


  • Gone2Korea advises all Canadians to secure their check via electronic finger-print submission. Electronic submission only takes 5-10 days to process and paper finger-print cards by registered mail can takes upwards of 2 months.

  • How do I submit electronic finger-prints to the RCMP?

    A. RECOMMENDED:Through a private finger printing service such as Commissionaires or Clear Need.

    B. Through your local police station. Make sure to speak with the police office to confirm they have digital finger printing scanners available.
  • CRUCIAL: Please remember that name and DOB based checks are no longer accepted by the Korean authorities.

  • RCMP homepage http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/
 
Irish CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • Background Checks in Ireland are usually referred to as: Police Check Certificates.

  • Best Method: You can secure Police Check Certificates (that are accepted by Korean Immigration) by contacting the Garda Police Station in your jurisdiction and requesting a Police Check Certificate of Character.

  • Note: All Irish need to have their check authenticated with an Apostille Seal. Refer to the International Apostille page of our site for details.

  • Garda Police homepage (http://www.garda.ie/)
 
New Zealand CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • CRC's are usually referred to as Police Clearance Reports in New Zealand. The Ministry of Justice does not issue Police Clearance Reports over the phone. In most cases, New Zealand teachers will need to download the proper form from their website (http://www.justice.govt.nz/privacy/) and submit a written copy which has been signed and dated with an ink signature.

  • New Zealand teachers must submit Federal Level Police Clearances; meaning, the check must constitute a nationwide search.

  • Note: All New Zealanders need to have their check authenticated with an Apostille Seal. Refer to our International Apostille page for details.
 
South African CRC Requirements for Teaching in Korea ▼
 
  • The South African Department of Foreign Affairs currently issues Police Clearance Certificates that are accepted by the Korean Immigration office: http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/policeclear.htm

  • South African teachers must have their checks authenticated with an Apostille Seal. Refer to our International Apostille page for details.
 
 
           
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