International Background Checks

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With today’s increasingly international workforce, global background screening is more relevant than ever. A growing migrant population offers employers new opportunities and perspectives, but also new challenges. Companies of all sizes are looking for more efficient ways to complete global background checks to protect their employees, their clients, and their reputation in Canada and abroad.

103M+ searches completed annually
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Stay on Top of Compliance Changes

As the leader in global background screening, we offer the most in-depth product suite to allow for screening in more than 240 countries and territories. Our team of compliance experts help you and your organization stay up-to-date with regional regulatory changes. We provide technology-enabled tools and services designed to fit your company’s unique needs and keep pace with the ever-changing nature of global background screening. Your staff might be in different time zones, but our regional support teams are ready to help when and where you need it.

Our International Background Checks Include:

  • Police certificate authentication
  • Identity, address, and passport validation
  • Office of Foreign Asset Control/terrorist watchlist searches
  • International criminal history checks in over 240 countries and countless jurisdictions worldwide
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Screen Globally for Top Talent

Global background checks may seem daunting since costs, types of checks, turnaround time, and processes can vary significantly from one country to another. In some regions, a thorough criminal record check can be completed through the local authorities, while other regions may only provide police certificate authentication or database searches of publicly accessible information.
Requirements regarding candidates’ privacy rights and consumer reporting can also differ, which makes it important for employers to find an experienced screening partner with extensive knowledge of local laws and regulations.

Our Global Sanctions Search Includes Canadian and International Government Lists:

State Department

Designated Terrorist List, Debarred Parties, Designated

Bureau of Industry and Security

Terrorist Organization, Non-Proliferation Sanctions (various)

Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)

Debarred Persons, Entity List, Red Flag Concerns Specially Designated National

US General Services Administration

Excluded Parties List

Treasury Department

FINCEN Money Laundering Concerns

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

OSFI Consolidated List

European Union

EU Sanctions List


Japanese Proliferation Concerns

United Kingdom

Bank of England Consolidated List, UK Proliferation Concerns


Australia Consolidated List


German Proliferation Concerns

United Nations

UN Security Council Sanctions

FAQs about Criminal Record Checks

Review the resources below for answers to commonly asked questions.

No. Employers seeking to obtain information about a candidate’s criminal history in another country would need to order a criminal record check specific to that country.

Costs, turnaround times, and requirements can vary greatly from one country to another.

There is no single in-depth criminal record search that covers multiple countries. The Global Sanctions Search has a global scope, but only includes publicly available databases and watchlists, which means that relevant convictions could get overlooked. Hiring managers should identify the countries in which a candidate has travelled or resided and determine the scope of each screening based on the position, risk level, financial considerations, and regulatory requirements.

Some countries do not allow disclosure of criminal record checks in an employment context for privacy, compliance, or logistical reasons. Other countries may only provide criminal history data to individuals, which means that employers and third-party providers would need to obtain a police certificate or equivalent document from applicants themselves.

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