Requesting International Background Checks on Employees? Here's What You Need to Know

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Background checks are crucial for employers. They help to ensure that the people you hire and their families are safe and reliable. Background checks also provide a clearer picture of potential employees by illustrating who they are and why they were fired from previous positions. This can help an employer understand whether or not it is a good idea to hire someone.

For those hiring international candidates, such as those from the Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Germany, India and New Zealand, there is one more step in the background check process: requesting international background checks.

The process may seem daunting at first but this article will teach you everything you need to know about how to request international background checks for your employees.

Why Employers Request International Background Checks

What is an international background check?

An international background check is a check done done in the applicant's countries they've lived in within the past 7 years. The report can show numerous information about the applicant that would greatly reduce risk of hiring a bad employee.

So in other words, an employer may ask for an international background check in order to: Verify the employment eligibility of a prospective employee. Here are our most common searches:

  1. Verify the national identity of a prospective employee.

  2. Provide accurate information about a prospective employee, such as their criminal record

  3. Civil records

  4. Employment history

  5. Education history

  6. Social media checks

  7. Adverse media

  8. Business and healthcare debarment lists