• South Africa Background Screening

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    Revision Date: August 16, 2022

    The following has been provided as general educational information only. It is not legal advice, express or implied. Consultation with legal counsel in all matters of employment and business law is recommended.

    Services Available:

    • Criminal Search
    • Education Verification
    • Employment Verification
    • Global Watchlist Search

    Disclaimer:  The following guide is provided for general educational purposes only. It is not legal advice, and users are encouraged to seek their own independent counsel when evaluating these services. Importantly, the specific screenings offered by Checkr do not guarantee an organization’s legal rights to request or use them. Several factors, including the residency and location of your organization and your candidates, may implicate additional data privacy and employment laws.

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    Criminal Search

    Description:

    The criminal history check is conducted at a Nationwide level where a criminal record check is relevant or pertinent to the inherent requirements of the specific job position. The search returns all convictions that have not been removed due to time that has passed since the sentence. The check searches the subject’s criminal records through criminal records databases held by public authorities or government agencies under the Ministry of Interior in South Africa. This search does not provide a Criminal Certificate or Clearance Certificate. Once we submit the request to the authorities, the authorities process the request through the procedures of that particular agency, and then provide results back. Candidate participation is not required.

    Sources:

    Central Police Register, Criminal Bureau Security Branch South African Police

    Coverage:

    This criminal history check covers citizens and foreigners over 18 years of age. The criminal history record check contains information for all criminal convictions of offenses, except those deleted by rehabilitation laws or considered spent or that have been expunged.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Last Name, First Name, Middle Name (if applicable)
    • DOB 
    • Address in Country
    • Authorization Form 
    • Passport/ID Copy 

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 13 to 15 business days.

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    Education Verification

    Description:

    The verification of the academic status of any educational level such as high school, college, and post-grad. This may include institution name, dates of attendance, graduation/conferred date, degree obtained, major, minor, honors, awards, and comments.

    Sources:

    The searches are conducted directly with the requested education institution.

    Sources:

    An education verification search is conducted and charged per degree. Multiple degrees/majors will be billed accordingly.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Candidate’s Name - Last Name, First Name, Middle Name
    • DOB
    • Institution Name
    • Institution Address
    • Institution Telephone Number 
    • Dates of Attendance
    • Graduation/Conferred Date
    • Degree Obtained
    • Major
    • Minor (if applicable)
    • Authorization Form/Consent Form
    • Copy of Scan of Diploma/Certificate is required*

    *Many times, these documents contain unique identifiers that are verified against the Institution records, authenticating the document, such as VIN numbers which are required when some institutions will need to physically pull the degree to verify.  The requirements listed above are used to narrow down results and will be requested if not initially provided.  

    Some institutions may require additional documentation. Upon request from the institution, Checkr will notify you of any additional requirements.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 6 to 8 days. Some verifications may take longer to complete depending on the responsiveness of the institutions being verified.

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    Employment Verification

    Description:

    Verification of previous employment history to confirm work experience. This may include the employer’s name, dates of employment, position/title, reason for leaving, eligibility for rehire, and comments. Salary information will be provided if available for disclosure by the source.

    Sources:

    Government agencies and employers across the country. In some cases, the records of former employees are not kept in a searchable form, and contacting the supervisor or manager is standard practice.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Candidate’s Name - Last Name, First Name, Middle Name
    • DOB
    • Employer’s Name
    • Employer’s Address (if available)
    • Employer’s Telephone Number
    • Dates of Employment
    • Position/Title
    • Reason for Leaving
    • Authorization Form
    Some employers may have unique processes for providing verifications that can include special authorization forms, experience letters, employment reference letters, etc. These additional requirements will be communicated to the candidate if the need for additional information arises with a specific employer.

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 6 to 8 days. Some verifications may take longer to complete depending on the responsiveness of the institutions being verified.

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    Global Watchlist Search

    Description:

    The Global Watchlist Search product provides a thorough search of multiple National and International repositories, such as watch lists, PEPs & associates, and sanctions data available around the world. Our product's technology continually searches for updated data within the thousands of list sources, indexing new data every day and providing the most up-to-date results.

    Sources:

    OFAC, FBI Most Wanted (incl. Terrorists), FBI Seeking Information, FBI Hijack Suspects, Politically Exposed Persons, governmental lists, sanctions, enforcements, and warnings from over 500 agencies, criminal courts, & news sources from around the world.

    Search Type: 

    This is an automated search where proprietary technology continually searches for updated data across all available sources, indexing new data every time to ensure delivery of only the most up-to-date results.

    Ordering Requirements:

    • Last name 
    • First name 
    • DOB 
    • Authorization Form

    Estimated Time Service:

    On average 2 days.