DBS Checks For Individuals Who Lived Abroad
DBS Checks help employers decide whether the people who are in their workforce are suitable for the job and you may wonder – do DBS Checks differ for people who live (or have previously lived) overseas? Is the process any different to those who have not lived overseas?
In this article we will present how living overseas may change parts of the process.
How do you carry out DBS Checks for people who have lived abroad?
If an applicant comes from overseas and lives and works in the UK legally it usually does not change their eligibility for a role, hence they will have the same eligibility criteria applied as someone who lived in the UK for their entire life. Regarding DBS checks, the criteria must be based on what the applicant will actually be doing as a part of their job.
To find out what jobs require which check, look in the government’s DBS eligibility guidance. The applicant, no matter where they have lived previously should have the appropriate check done.
How do you gain access to criminal records?
DBS Checks include information on criminal records and history. However, the DBS does not have access to the criminal history of the applicant’s time in their previous place of residence. This means that an employer should obtain those criminal records from the other country. To do this, the government provides an A-Z list of countries, presenting details on how to obtain them.
Then, an employer should continue the process of applying for the DBS Check and checking the results, including the new information from other countries.
How do identity checks work?
Identity checks still remain of utmost importance. If an applicant has lived overseas, this means that different documents will need to be provided to prove identity. The government’s DBS identity checking guidelines will help you know what documents to provide.
If an applicant is not there in person with the employer at the time of the check, a live video link can be used to conduct the identity check. But documents must be posted over to the employer.
All documents must be legitimate and valid. No photocopies are allowed.
Conclusion – DBS Checks for people who have lived abroad
DBS Checks for those who have lived in foreign territories take a few more steps, but are most certainly doable.
If you have any further questions about DBS checks for people that lived overseas, then get in touch – we can help you with your application.