How to Request a Canadian Criminal Record Check

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If you are a Canadian citizen applying for a E-2 or C-4 visa (see this page to check which visa you need), you need to request a national criminal background check. There are two ways to get a record check in Canada: through the RCMP and at your local police station. In theory, either method is acceptable. However, there are some reports of locally issued CBCs being rejected by Korean immigration and of local stations not having access to the national background database, so we highly recommend going the RCMP route.

If you are a Canadian citizen applying for a E-2 or C-4 visa (see this page to check which visa you need), you need to request a national criminal background check. There are two ways to get a record check in Canada: through the RCMP and at your local police station. In theory, either method is acceptable. However, there are some reports of locally issued CBCs being rejected by Korean immigration and of local stations not having access to the national background database, so we highly recommend going the RCMP route.

teach korea tipsYou do NOT need to obtain the special Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) for teaching in Korea. This myth persists on internet forums despite the fact that the RCMP will only issue a VSS for people seeking a job within Canada.

We’ve researched the dickens out of this process to make the guide as up-to-date and complete as possible, but we nonetheless recommend that you check the RCMP’s official website to make sure nothing has changed.

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Canada RCMP Record Check

There are three main steps to requesting your RCMP criminal background check (CBC):

1. Get fingerprinted

  • Have your fingerprints taken at your local police station
  • Make sure the officer uses the form C-216C

2. Mail your request

  • Draft a letter with the following information:
    • The reason for your request: Foreignvisa for the Republic of Korea
    • Your full name
    • Date of birth
    • Gender
    • Mailing address
    • Phone number and email address
  • Obtain a money order for $25 made out to “Receiver General for Canada”
  • Mail all of this, including your fingerprints, to:

Director General
Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services
RCMP, NPS Bldg.1200
Vanier Parkway
Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

3. Have your documents legalized

  • Once you receive your completed background check, you need to have it notarized (what’s this?) and affixed with a consular seal.
  • Because Canada did not sign the “apostille treaty” your notarized CBC must receive a consular seal from your jurisdiction’s Korean consulate or embassy. Contract the proper authority below to have your documents legalized:

Ottawa
Korean Consulate (ATTN: Notarization)
150 Boteler Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A6

Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia , PEI, and Newfoundland
Korean Consulate (ATTN: Notarization)
1250 René-Lévesque BoulevardWest, Suite 3600
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W8

Ontario (except Ottawa) and Manitoba
Korean Consulate (ATTN: Notarization)
555 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2J7

Alberta, British Columbia , NWT, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and the Yukon
Korean Consulate (ATTN: Notarization)
1600-1090 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 3V7

What’s the Next Step in the Visa Process?

Once you’ve got your background check underway, you’ve completed the most complicated and important step. From here out, it ain’t so bad! While you wait for your completed CBC to arrive, we recommend gathering your other E-2 visa documents.



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