Criminal Background Check | Korvia Guide

///Criminal Background Check | Korvia Guide

Criminal Background Check | Korvia Guide

A Criminal Background Check also referred to as a Criminal Record Check, is a document used to prove that you have not been convicted of a crime in the past. Korean Immigration requires that expatriates coming to work in South Korea have no criminal background. Those with criminal backgrounds of either felonies or misdemeanors are not eligible to teach English in South Korea.

United States – FBI Identity History Summary Check

In the United States the Identity History Summary Check (previously known as a criminal background check) is handled by the FBI. Korean Immigration does not accept criminal record checks issued by individual states, therefore a federal level check is needed.

Process for US Applicants

Applicants applying for an FBI Criminal Record Check must first go to their local police station and get their fingerprints taken on official finger print paper. After that, applicants will need to submit those fingerprints to the FBI Headquarters in Clarksburg West Virginia along with an application form, payment, and a cover letter explaining that they are applying to teach in South Korea and need the criminal record check for international purposes. The cover letter will allow the section chief that issues the criminal record check to notarize it with their signature.

Applicants will then need to send their CRC for Apostille. Please head over to the Apostille page for more information.

Expedited Service for US Applicants

Applicants applying for an FBI Identity History Summary Check also have the option of using a FBI-approved channeler to obtain their results.

By |2018-04-19T20:01:13+00:00March 16th, 2015|Document Guides, Guides|38 Comments

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Started in 2006, Korvia Consulting is one of the premiere recruiting agencies in South Korea. Korvia works directly with the Korean government to places native English teachers into ESL positions at public schools in Korea.


  1. Jia Min Huang July 3, 2015 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Can the FBI-approved channelers do the live-scan fingerprinting for you or can they only receive the fingerprint sheet from you and forward it to the FBI CJIS Division?

    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley July 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Jia! Some FBI-approved channelers have live-scan locations you can use, but they’re only available in certain areas. Please check with the channeler for more information.

  2. Jia Min Huang July 14, 2015 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Okay, thanks for answering! I just wanted to make sure the live-scan didn’t HAVE to be done at a police station since mine won’t allow you to simply walk in and get them done.

  3. Charlotte August 27, 2015 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Hi, Can anyone tell me where to apply for a CRC in England please? I will then send it off to be apostilled. Many thanks!

  4. Mike October 31, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I’m a US citizen residing in Canada at the moment now and it seems like FBI approved channelers won’t mail the results to an international address, just US addresses. How can I remedy this problem? Thanks!

    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley November 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Hi Mike,

      From what we have heard, is that the FBI has strict requirements for channelers, and one of them is that channeled results cannot be sent to a company or internationally, but must be sent to a residential address. Do you perhaps still have a family member or acquaintance living in the states that could forward you the results?

  5. Mike November 4, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Hi Stephen,

    Unfortunately, my family has moved backed to Korea and don’t know a reliable source in the states that can forward me the results. I was able to get a background check 3 years ago mailed to me in Canada but now it seems rules have changed. Would really like to participate in the teaching program and get over this hurdle. Thanks again!

  6. Irene February 5, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    For this portion of the August 2016 application, when would it be recommended to begin the FBI background check done, due to getting a visa issued and such?

    Thank you!

    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley February 11, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Hi Irene,

      As a background check is only valid for 6 months, it is best to have one issued no earlier than in April (for a Fall term). Please note that is a recommendation for the “issuance” and not for when to send it off. As the FBI can take 3-4 months to process a background check, we recommend using an channeler service as they are able to issue a background check in about 1 week, making it easier to time correctly.

      For more information about a channeling service that Korvia is partnered with, please see this link:

  7. Kimberly Lagace-Roel February 16, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Do I need to have a criminal background check completed before I do the initial application for the Korvia program?

    Thank you for your time.


    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley February 17, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Hi Kimberly,

      Korvia is a recruiting agency that helps applicants apply to teaching programs in Korea, and is not itself an employer. To apply to use Korvia as a recruiter, you do not need to have completed a background check at the time of application.

  8. Qianna February 19, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply


    What is the benefit of live-scan fingerprinting vs.getting fingerprints done at a police station?

    • Stephen Hattersley
      Stephen Hattersley February 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Hi Qianna,

      Live-scanning can be sent electronically to certain channelers, whereas getting fingerprints done at a police station is subject to shipping to the channeler or FBI.

      Please note that currently the FBI does not accept live-scan printing, and only a few FBI-channelers accept them for FBI background checks.

  9. Michelle March 8, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply


    Do I need to have another background check done if I am already in Korea teaching with an E2 visa? I want to apply through Korvia to get an academy job at the end of my current contract, but the application asks me if I have a background check ready. I am under the impression that I would just need to renew my visa and not provide a background check if I switch employers, but I could always be wrong!

    Thank you,

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting March 9, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle,

      E2 working visa has two types and you may need another copy of background check if your current E2 visa status is E2-2 however we suggest you to discuss with one of our in-house recruiter who may able to give you better consultation on this delicate matter.

      We wish you all the best for your next employment in South Korea.

  10. Brittney Fuller March 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm - Reply


    I am having trouble finding a location for live scan fingerprinting in the state of Georgia, I found a location in another state 2hours away. Has anyone submitted the background check from Georgia? I was also asked to bring an ORI number from the agency, are you familiar with this?


  11. Michael March 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    As stated on Korvia’s website regarding criminal background checks. South Korean immigration does not accept applicants with criminal backgrounds of either felonies or misdemeanors. My question is what if an applicant from the United States has a misdemeanor that has been dismissed by the court. In other words the applicant was never charged with a crime? Will Korean immigration allow that applicant to teach English in South Korea?

    • Mina Sanchez November 29, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Did anyone ever answer your question? I am wondering the same thing.

      • Korvia Consulting
        Korvia Consulting December 2, 2016 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        Hi Michael and Mina,

        Usually, public school program only accepts a criminal background check with clean records only. However, private sector application may result positive if you can submit additional documents to supporting the facts. You can contact the authority and request to remove the record if it is an old misdemeanor.

  12. Karan June 23, 2016 at 6:37 am - Reply


    I am currently finishing my Bachelors in Elementary Teaching and will be an official graduate by December. I would like to apply for the GEPIK Spring 2017 Term. Is it too early to apply? and should I begin the process of getting my background check done?

    Thank You

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting June 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Karen,

      If you are looking to apply for the Spring 2017 intake, we recommend that you get in touch with us in August 2016. Until then though, we recommend doing all the research you can about teaching English in Korea as well as join Korvia’s EPIK & GEPIK Facebook groups. There, you can ask questions to current teachers as well as those also going through the same process as you. You will also receive the latest updates from Korvia in real-time!

      Please do not apply your background check yet because it only valid for 6 month after issuance date.


  13. Conner July 16, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Hi There,
    Has the appearance of the Authenticated FBI CRC (The Stamp and Seal from a Division officer) changed in the past two years? I just received my FBI CBC and there is a Seal on the backdrop of the page, not next to the signature at the bottom like it used to be, is this normal? Could you post an example of what the current Stamp and Seal should look like?

  14. Allan November 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Hello, I was just wondering what the procedure is for Australians? Do we simpy apply for a national name and fingerprint check through the Australian/Victoria Federal Police (if you live in Victoria)?

  15. JP December 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Hi, do I need to get a CBC if I have an F visa? specifically, an F-2-7 visa? Thanks

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting December 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      Hi JP,

      CBC is required for public school teaching program regardless of visa type. EPIK, GEPIK, GOE and SMOE will request you a CBC.

  16. Tai December 21, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Hi there, I’m a New Zealander,
    Is this the record I need to obtain?

    • Korvia Consulting
      Korvia Consulting December 22, 2016 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Yes, you need to obtain a background check from the ministry of justice in New Zealand.

      Have a great day.

  17. Lyle Arends June 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Can’t seem to see the answer, but how would a South African go about getting this?

  18. Edward February 4, 2018 at 9:46 am - Reply


    Would it please be possible to update this page to include the process for Australian, British, New Zealand applicants? It really only seems tailor made for US citizens and many of us are from other countries. It would save you the hassle of having to repeat yourself!

    What would the process be for Australia?

  19. Em February 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m from Australia and I was wondering if the criminal check has to involve finger prints??

  20. Bryna Green August 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Hi I was wondering on how to do the apostille process in Tennessee do I just send my background check to a place and then turn it in

  21. Cassandre Auguste January 3, 2019 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Hello, I’m from Georgia and I already sent too the FBI my online request for an Identity History Summary Check, and I had to pay online for that. They’re only waiting for me to send them the fingerprint cards.
    Last time I sent ink prints and they were rejected, this time around I would prefer to send electronic copies but cannot seem to find a place to get my fingerprints done digitally. The online request I submitted includes a mailed copy and they said the average wait is 1 to 2 weeks.

    What should I do moving forward?

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