Obtaining an FBI background check is one of the most headache-inducing parts of applying to teach English in Korea. And with the excruciatingly-slow 3-4 month FBI processing time, it’s easy to see why.
But now Korvia has teamed-up with Accurate Biometrics (one of the leading FBI-approved channelers) to create an FBI background check process specifically for those looking to teach in South Korea. Not only that but you will be able to receive your results back in approximately ONE WEEK!
This channeled FBI background check is accepted by both Korean immigration and English teaching programs in Korea (EPIK, GEPIK, SMOE, GOE), making it the best way to get an FBI background check if you want to teach English in Korea.
As EPIK and SMOE operate on a first-come-first-serve basis, applicants know that getting your documents in fast is one of the most important factors for getting your 1st location choice. If you’re trying to get into the SMOE program (Seoul), then speed is of the utmost importance.
Follow these steps, and you will have an FBI background check in your hands in approximately 5-7 business days:
1. Get fingerprinted at your local police station right now
If you’re reading this and the sun is still out, get your fingerprints taken at your local police station right now. Print out two (2) standard FD258 fingerprint forms on standard A4 computer paper and take them with you. Two sets of prints are required by Accurate Biometrics to channel an FBI background check.
KORVIA PRO TIP: Get extra sets of fingerprints taken
This will save you a lot of time in the future if you ever plan to change jobs after your first year in Korea. By doing this, you can hold onto the extra sets and send one of them back to the US to get an additional FBI background check when needed. This lets you bypass the hassle of having to get fingerprinted in Korea and send your results back to the US. Kill two birds with one stone!
2. Fill out the Application Form
Download the Accurate Biometrics Korvia Form. This form is tailored for those that are going to teach English in South Korea. Fill out the sections HIGHLIGHTED in yellow. You can select the standard shipping service, but if you want your results even faster, choose the 2-day mailing service.
KORVIA PRO TIP: Apply Secured PDF FBI Result and obtain an Apostille using Monument Visa Service.
Select “Option 1” on your application form and provide an e-mail address for faster FBI result. This service is provided to allow the applicant to retrieve/save/print your individual FBI response.
3. Fill out the payment form on the bottom of the application
We’ve worked with Accurate Biometrics to give applicants a $5.00 discount on the service. This service only costs $50 (includes standard shipping) or $70 for your results with super-fast shipping. So in comparison, you have the option to either pay the FBI directly $20 and wait 4 months, or use this service for $50 and only wait 1 week.
Make sure to pay by credit card to avoid any extra processing time!
Send off the above application, payment form, and two sets of fingerprints in a manilla envelope (don’t you dare fold anything!) to the following address:
500 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143
5. Wait for your FBI Background Check
Wait approximately 5-7 business days for your results to be channeled and mailed back to you.
6. Pat yourself on the back
That’s it! Pat yourself on the back and know that you just saved yourself 90% of the time of doing it the standard way. If you’ve already accepted a position and are in a bit of time crunch, using this service can be a life-saver.
For more detailed steps and information, please head over to the Official Accurate Biometrics – Korvia page at the Accurate Biometrics website.