February 17, 2019, 02:18:15 AM


Author Topic: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England  (Read 865 times)

Offline nickinengland

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Hi all,

Long time reader, first time writer.

I live in England but worked as a TEFL teacher in Korea from August 2015 to August 2016. I'm about to start a PGCE in England but the university state they require a criminal background check from Korea. The website of the Korean Embassy in the UK states you must go to the embassy in London in order to do this, but I called the embassy and they state they no longer provide this service and it's not possible to get such a certificate any more from outside Korea.

Has anyone else had to do this recently?

The embassy told me to call the Korean National Police Agency and I've called them twice this morning, been kept on hold for ten minutes both times, and both times had the phone put down on me the moment the person on the other end picked up. I have literally no idea how to obtain this certificate without it.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Peace.

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2018, 11:58:59 PM »
Hi all,

Anybody have any info about this?. I'm in the same position myself, embassy won't process my application but need a police check to start a new job in the UK. Police agency in Korea told me to go to the consulate in London, Consulate told me they no longer provide police checks. Can't apply by proxy in Korea due to data protection.
Seems a bit unfair considering they require police checks etc to enter Korean in the first place. This Kafkaesque situation could result in me loosing my job, so any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Jake.

Offline Squirtle

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 11:27:21 AM »
Hi, I'm British and coming to the end if my stay in Korea.
Ive noticed this issue come up for a friend of mine who used to live here and he is trying to deal with it now.
Did anyone come up with a solution apart from taking a trip back to Korea?

Offline MayorHaggar

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 04:35:35 PM »
The London ROK embassy's website still says they do it. I have gone to consulates/embassies in the US and New Zealand and gotten background checks done.

The London ROK embassy website's instructions for getting a background check:

http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/gb-en/wpge/m_8347/contents.do

I wonder if the embassy is saying they don't do it because you're asking in English and they're confused about what you want because you aren't using the fussy and specific Korean title of the document you want. There are two different kinds of criminal records check, if not more.

This blog post talks about how any consulate should be able to give a "Background Check (Criminal Records) Certificate," but most of them aren't allowed to respond to a full request for all criminal records, which can only be done in Korea.

https://taffytoffy.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/korea-police-certificate-a-step-by-step-guide-%E9%9F%A9%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%A0%E7%8A%AF%E7%BD%AA%E8%AF%81%E6%98%8E/
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Offline Squirtle

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2019, 01:58:08 PM »
The website indeed says they will do it, but it's incorrect.
My friend went there in person with all the requirements and forms listed on the website and they said no, it has to be obtained directly from the police in Korea.
You're right there are at least two kinds of checks and possibly more. But whatever the case, it's clear that for jobs, visas, and University courses, the Embassy in the UK can't provide the check needed for any of those things.
It would really suck if the only way to get one is to send someone in your place. I've heard of people trying this and also being denied because you need to be there in person to collect it.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2019, 02:16:32 PM by Squirtle »

Offline JAKE91

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 12:41:03 AM »
Hi this is a real pain- unfortunately it looks like itís against Korean law to issue certificates in the U.K. to use for employment purposes. My only advice would be to tell them you need the certificate for a visa (to the US for example). Outside of that Iím not sure. I needed the certicate for a security check my employer even contacted the Korean embassy directly but still faced stubborn refusal

Good luck

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2019, 06:20:55 PM »
Any Brit reading this thread. Just get a (free) police check before you leave korea. You never know when you may need it. If it's not free it's w1,000, or so.

I would suggest you get it apostilled too, before u leave korea.

Offline Cyanea

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2019, 11:00:38 PM »
I called the embassy and they state they no longer provide this service


What services do embassies actually provide?


They seem to cut services to their own citizens year by year and love to declare 'sorry, but we don't do that anymore'.

Stupid embassies.
Catch my drift?

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2019, 11:10:21 PM »
  It is this kind of insane nonsense that makes me want to give up teaching as a career. We need to protect children at all costs. But what this endless paperchase, this endless need to seek help from obstructive bureaucrats does is make it harder and harder to become a teacher.  I have taught in Korea, and I got a police check (in Korean) when I was there. But if you don't get something like that you're not eligible to do a PGCE in the UK. Working abroad then begins to seem like a misdemenour or a crime. Some countries don't issue criminal record checks.
  I sometimes think that the powers that be have ulterior motives for the increasing pile of background checks, notarized diplomas, apostilles, signed letters of recommendation, seals, stamps, certificates and so on. It's that teachers in the U.K. were distrusted by governments from Margaret Thatcher onward. We were seen as a subversive socialist profession.

Offline Squirtle

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Re: Getting a police clearance certifice for Korea from England
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 10:52:27 PM »
  It is this kind of insane nonsense that makes me want to give up teaching as a career. We need to protect children at all costs. But what this endless paperchase, this endless need to seek help from obstructive bureaucrats does is make it harder and harder to become a teacher.  I have taught in Korea, and I got a police check (in Korean) when I was there. But if you don't get something like that you're not eligible to do a PGCE in the UK. Working abroad then begins to seem like a misdemenour or a crime. Some countries don't issue criminal record checks.
  I sometimes think that the powers that be have ulterior motives for the increasing pile of background checks, notarized diplomas, apostilles, signed letters of recommendation, seals, stamps, certificates and so on. It's that teachers in the U.K. were distrusted by governments from Margaret Thatcher onward. We were seen as a subversive socialist profession.

Just wanted to say I love this comment.
It's pretty shocking to me that information about my life isn't available to me even if I'm standing there in the police station with my I.D. asking for it , and could potentially put a huge spanner in the works of my future career.
If I had known it would be a long and costly procedure, or perhaps impossible, to obtain a check I might have thought twice about ever coming to Korea.