This article will:
- Outline the difference between Checkr's offerings in the US, Canada, and the EU
- Describe the different pricing structures
- Outline the candidate's experience for international checks
- Explain the relationship of GDPR to Checkr's policies
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. Checkr can also conduct investigations for U.S.-based candidates in foreign jurisdictions where the candidates may have previously lived or worked (for example, for previous employment verification).
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 screening services to EU-based candidates. See our discussion on international laws below for more information on GDPR applicability, including EU-based candidates and data processing.
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 Checkr Customer Support for more information.
Timing: International checks take between 10 and 120 days to complete depending on the country or countries requiring investigation. Again, you can always reach out if you have questions about specific countries.
The overall candidate experience is substantially similar to our United States domestic checks. Candidates are required to enter the information needed to run the check, and are then presented with applicable disclosures before giving their consent to run the check.
Consent: Candidates must take more steps to consent to an international background check than to consent to a domestic US background check. Checkr, and possibly a government agency from the candidate's prior country of residence or employment, may contact the candidate for additional consent. The turnaround time of the background check often depends on how quickly the candidate responds to these consent requests.
Candidate Portal Access: Checkr provides a Candidate Portal for our non-US candidates which is similar to that provided for our domestic candidates. Candidates can also contact us directly with any questions about a pending international background check or for a copy of the report.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018. It is a set of protections for individuals located within the EU and is intended to keep their data secure. GDPR applies to all individuals located within the EU. This means that any person, regardless of their citizenship, who has their personal data collected while located in the EU, receives the protections granted under GDPR. For companies collecting the personal data of these individuals, this means taking steps to ensure this data is secure.
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.