Q) I want to know how to get a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply. For my immigration application purpose, I need to submit this to the Canadian authority (CIC Canada). They said this document must include the “lapsed records”, i.e. all the criminal records database search. I contacted the Korean embassy in Toronto and they only issue normal Police Record which is not accepted by the CIC. They told me I had to get it from the local police station in South Korea. However, it is not feasible for me to visit Korea just in order to get this document. I’m wondering whether your law firm deals with this type of case. If so, I would like to know the details of the process.
A) Yes, we’ve been dealing with this kind of case quite often. The Canadian immigration office is requesting a Police Certificate. The official title of this document in Korea is a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply(범죄수사경력회보서). There are many people wondering how to get this Korean criminal background check and it also seems that there is conflicting information about this.
One thing you should be aware of is that there is another type of criminal background check in Korea, which is called a Background Check (Criminal Records) Certificate(신원조사범죄경력조회서). Unlike the Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply, this document can be easily obtained at the Korean Consulate. The problem, however, is that it does not include lapsed records.
That said, you will need to get a Korean Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply and this certificate is issued only at the local Korean police station.
If you have a family member or friend in South Korea, you can ask them to get the document on your behalf. If that is not the case, you may get some help from a Korean law office.
We have successfully obtained on behalf of our foreign clients the Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply with the lapsed records. The most recent client was in need of this document to submit to the Canadian immigration in connection with his visa application.
For the processing, we need your passport copy and a power of attorney. We will provide the power of attorney forms. You don’t need to make the power of attorney notarized by the Korean Consulate. It will take a few days or a week for you to receive this document from us.
Please note that, as written on the certificate, the lapsed records are provided only for personal verification only.
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