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[Q&A] Getting a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply While Staying Abroad

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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.

If you have any question regarding this article or a similar case/situation, please visit our Legal Consultation center or send your inquiry email by clicking here.  Our Korean qualified lawyer will answer your inquiry.

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27 thoughts on “[Q&A] Getting a Korean Criminal Investigation Records Check Reply While Staying Abroad

  1. I finally obtained the certificate with lapsed record checks for Canada embassy. Thanks a lot Mr. Chung for your help!

    -K

  2. Hello, I need Criminal/Investigation Records Check Reply(범죄수사경력회보서) which includes the lapsed records as well for Canadian immigration purpose. I no longer live in Korea

  3. Hi there!

    I would also like to get the Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) including lapsed records (실효된 형 포함) to show to Canadian immigration. I no longer live in South Korea so any assistance with this would be very appreciated, thank you!

  4. Hi, I would like to get a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply (범죄· 수사경력 회보서) . Could you please let me know how much it should be? Thank you

  5. hello, i’m korean american and ive lived in korea from 2016-2017. i need a criminal record lapsed included. how much would it cost and what will be the process?

  6. Hello, i want to get the criminal record check in Korea to submit Canada immigration.

  7. i want to get the criminal record check to submit Canada Immigration.

  8. Check Reply(범죄수사경력회보서) which includes the lapsed records as well for Canadian immigration purpose. Please help me regarding this as I don’t live in South Korea anymore nor I have anyone there who can help.

  9. Hello i would like to get the criminal record check to submit Canada Immigration. How can i get?

  10. Hi,

    My husband got the certificate with lapsed records last April but because of some issues we could not submit the sponsorship application, Since it has been more than 6 months, it is not valid anymore. He is very anxious to get it again especially since he is in countryside, could you get him for him and how much would it cost ?

  11. Hello! i am wondering if you can help us to get a Criminal (Investigation) Records Check Reply a police certificate that indicate all records have been searched, including any lapsed records. And should specifically request a search entire record, including Criminal Records, lapsed criminal sentences, and investigation records. Which exactly required by the CIC. Kindly, help us to get the right one. I heard lots of application has been rejected due to providing wrong document. Please help us with this. Thank you so much in advance.

  12. Hello i want to get the criminal record check to submit Canada Immigration. How can i order?

  13. Hello, i need criminal record check with lapsed records for Canada immigration. How can i order it?

  14. Hello I need Criminal/Investigation Records Check Reply(범죄수사경력회보서) which includes the lapsed records as well for Canadian immigration purpose. Please help me regarding this as I don’t live in South Korea anymore nor I have anyone there who can help.

    Thanks

    • Hello Shilpa
      Thanks for contacting our office. We’ve just sent you an email explaining how we can assist you in this matter.

  15. I am also in a similar situation. I also require the criminal record check with lapsed records for Canada immigration

  16. Hello,
    I am wondering if you can help me also. I am in the same situation as individual above. I have submitted on two occasions a police cert provided by the South Korean Embassy in Ireland which was rejected.

    Would really appreciate some guidance and support with this matter.

    Thank you in advance

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