International background checks

Run background checks in 200+ countries through a single platform. Checkr makes it easy for you to quickly scale your hiring around the world and minimizes the complexity of constantly-evolving local regulations related to background checks.

Let’s start with international background check basics

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What are international background checks?

An international background check is used to screen:

  • Candidates living and working outside of the United States
  • Candidates in the United States who have previously lived, worked, or attended school in another country

International background checks can include a criminal background check, a global watchlist search, education and employment verification checks, and identity document verification (IDV).

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Why an international background check is important

Informed hiring decisions 

An international background check for employment helps you make informed decisions for your organization based on reliable results that Checkr accesses from global databases. 

Candidate eligibility and fit

A comprehensive global background check helps you confirm your candidates have the right education and work history to perform the job.

Checkr’s global background checks

Checkr’s global screening suite eliminates the hassle of disparate systems. With an offering of 200+ countries, you can manage domestic and international checks in a single AI-powered system built to promote compliance, including data privacy laws.

International Criminal Search

An in-country search leveraging multi-jurisdictional repositories and database sources to return major offense conviction records.

Adverse Media Search

In nations where third party access to criminal record information is restricted, adverse media checks can be performed which access public sanctions lists, media sources, and other public and private record repositories.

Global Watchlist Record Checks

Determine whether a candidate is listed on a domestic or international watchlist for criminal activity or sanctions including the FBI and Interpol’s most wanted lists.

International Education Verification

Verify a candidate’s national and international education credentials such as degree received, course of study, and dates of attendance.

International Employment Verification

Verify a candidate’s last three employers—domestic or international. Reports include dates of employment, title(s) held, employment gaps, and salary when available.

International Identity Document Validation

A multi-level validation across 3 document types—passport, driver’s license, national ID—to help evaluate whether the identity document presented is authentic and not stolen, lost, expired or invalid.

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Candidate Experience

Checkr’s powerful tools support international background checks and GDPR compliant while candidates have access to live support and report status in our mobile-friendly candidate portal.

API Support

Our API-first platform fits into your current workflow — whether you use a well-known Applicant Tracking System (ATS) or a custom solution — so that you can create a seamless hiring experience that empowers recruiters with transparency and accuracy, no matter what systems you use or where your talent comes from. 

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What to keep in mind when performing international background checks

Checkr’s platform promotes fair and compliant practices with state of the art tools and technology. We are also your partner in education. When it comes to international screenings, here are the primary laws and best-practices to consider.

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GDPR and Data Privacy Laws

Many countries now have data privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) from the EU which can apply to US companies performing international checks.

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Civil Searches

Gain further insight into a candidate’s legal history beyond criminal activity with county or federal civil searches.

Criminal Background Screenings

Compile national and local records of criminal history to know if there are reportable records associated with your candidate.