Checkr offers international criminal searches and verifications for US & Canadian-based candidates and companies.
US-based candidates: Checkr primarily offers criminal background checks and investigative screenings for US-based employers about candidates who will be employed or contracted in the US. While Checkr can conduct investigations for U.S.-based applicants in foreign jurisdictions where the applicants may have previously lived or worked (e.g. previous employment verification), our services do not support investigation on EU-based candidates or employers at this time.
Canada-based candidates: Checkr offers similar screening services to Canada-based candidates. However, the process and results differ slightly from US based screenings. See our discussion on international laws below.
EU-based candidates: Checkr offers similar screening services to European-based candidates. However, the process and results differ slightly from US based screenings. See our discussion on international laws below for more information on GDPR applicability, including EU based applicants and data processing. Please note that Checkr does not provide background checks for applicants residing in the EU
What are the fees and timing?
Turnaround time and cost will vary depending on the country or countries requiring investigation.
Fees: Costs vary from country to country. Because cost of international checks change frequently, we do not have a pricing list for these checks. If you’d like current pricing for a specific country, you can always reach out to us and we'll give you the most up to date price. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Timing: International checks take between 10 and 40 days to complete depending on the country or countries requiring investigation. Again, you can always reach out if you have questions about specific countries.
What is the candidate experience for international checks?
The overall candidate experience is substantially similar to our non-international checks. Candidates are required to input certain information needed to run the check, and are then presented with applicable disclosures before giving their consent to run the check.
Information Required: For US-based checks, candidates are required to provide Checkr with a social security number.
Consent: Applicants must take additional steps to consent to an international background check as compared to a domestic US background check. Checkr, and possibly a government agency from the applicant’s prior country of residence or employment, may contact the applicant for additional consent. The turnaround time of the background check often depends on how quickly the applicant responds to these consent requests.
Applicant Portal Access: At this time, international background check information is unavailable through the Checkr Applicant Portal. Candidates can contact us directly with any questions about a pending international background check or for a copy of the report.
How do international laws, including GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) apply?
Background Check Report Content: Other countries’ privacy laws are generally stricter than US laws. Most international reports will only include whether there is a criminal record, and will rarely contain more specific information.
Report Permissibility: Certain countries, like Latvia and Albania, do not permit background checks, and Checkr may not learn whether a report will be permissible until we receive a response form the applicable government. If a report is not permitted, you will not be charged for the background check.