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Finally, you have the opportunity to teach abroad. You want to visit other countries, take in the culture and teach all at the same time. To do that, you will need to make sure you have all of your paperwork ready and completed. One important document is a completed background check. This article will talk about what kind of background checks are needed and how to obtain them.




There are a multitude of documents required for you to start teaching abroad. You will need your passport, visas, TEFL/TESOL certification, medical forms, and a completed background check. Although not all countries require applicants to complete a background check, there are some that make it a necessity to start teaching. There is about a fifty percent chance that you will need to complete a background check to teach abroad. Some countries require a completed check for all their schools and others have specific schools that ask you to complete a background check. Depending on where you want to teach or where you apply will determine if you need to complete a background check. South Korea is a country that requires applicants to complete a background check before they can receive a visa. The most common background check countries look for is an FBI criminal background check. Other countries will accept a state or local background check as sufficient proof. A local background check could be required of you from the area that you are going to work from when teaching abroad.


FBI Criminal Background Check


So how do I apply for a background check? You can apply for an FBI criminal background check through their website directly. The site states to allow fourteen to sixteen weeks to complete its processing. Another way to obtain this kind of background check is to go through a channeler who will significantly speed up the processing time. Once you have received the completed background check, you may have to take it a step further and have an apostille. An apostille is a document used for international purposes that certifies that another document has been signed by a notary. This will make the document more authentic.


There are many countries that do not require a completed background check to teach. Some European and Latin American nations do not require a background check on a federal level. It is always safer to have a completed background check when applying for teaching positions abroad.