Criminal Background Check Procedures

All foreign citizens who wish to teach English in Korea must obtain and submit one original national criminal background check authenticated with an apostille (or, in the case of Canada, certified by the Korean consulate).

Below are the instructions and information on how to obtain a criminal background check for citizens of the US, Canada, and other E2 visa countries. If you need further assistance, please contact your Aclipse recruiter.


United States Citizens

Obtaining an FBI Criminal Background Check:
Review the information found at the FBI website before applying for your check: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/background-checks. We recommend Option 2 “submit to an FBI- approved channeler”. While the cost can be higher going through a channeler, processing time for Option 1 can be as high as 14 weeks, causing difficulties with departure timing.

When choosing a channeler, please make sure that their CBCs have not had issues being apostilled by the US State Department. Some CBCs have been rejected by the US State Department for apostilling, which means they cannot be submitted to Korean immigration or the MOE. The channelers below have confirmed with Aclipse that their CBCs are currently being apostilled without issue.

Please inform your Aclipse recruiter once you have submitted the CBC request. It is ideal if you can find out from the channeler when your CBC will be issued. This is so that we can predict when your CBC will be ready for visa processing and teaching start dates. Once Aclipse receives the CBC, we will send it to a service in Washington DC to get an expedited apostille. The cost for the service is $75.00. Payment can be made on the Aclipse website if you wish to use our services. If you do not wish to use this service, you will then need to mail your CBC to the US Department of State to have them apostilled. Please see the Apostille Instructions document for more information and contact your Aclipse recruiter with any concerns about timing as the State Department can take much longer.

Channelers (Please note that Aclipse is not able to confirm procedures for particular channelers.)

National Background Check, Inc. www.nationalbackgroundcheck.com (877) 932-2435
National Credit Reporting www.myFBIreport.com (800) 441-1661
Canadian Citizens

Obtaining a Criminal Background Check

Please visit http://www.aclipse.net/resources/korean-consulates-teach-english-in-korea to find the list of Korean Consulates and their locations to ensure your visa documents meet the requirements for the visa application.  Please makre sure you refer to the consulate website that services your jurisdiction. 

To obtain your criminal check please visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/steps-etapes-eng.htm for full instructions. Please note that only fingerprint RCMP checks will be accepted by Korean immigration. Once your check has been issued it’ll need to be certified by a Korean consulate. Please review the instructions for certifying the documents at the link above.

Under no circumstances will the immigration office accept clearance letters obtained through 3rd party services

Other E2 Citizens (UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, NZ)

Obtaining a Criminal Background Check
To obtain the necessary criminal record check contact your national law enforcement agency to inquire about procedures and options. It is acceptable to do either a fingerprint check or a name-based check. The important point is that the resulting document specifically states that national records were checked. Please inform the agent that the request is for personal use so that you can apply for a visa.

UK citizens can apply for a Subject Access Search through the Metropolitan Police or a Basic Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland. Please access the links below for more information:

Link for Metropolitan Police: http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Making-a-subject-access-request/1400005855548/1400005855548

Link for Disclosure Scotland: http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/

New Zealand citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: https://www.justice.govt.nz/criminal-records/get-your-own/

South African citizens can apply for a criminal background check by clicking the link below:

Link: https://www.saps.gov.za/services/applying_clearence_certificate.php