I Have An Overseas Applicant: How Do I Get A DBS Check?
Many businesses carry out DBS checks on their employees in order to ensure that they’re suitable for the job. This is a fairly straight forward process for UK residents, but if an employee is living overseas or has lived overseas, the rules differ.
Within this article, we will be taking you through everything to know about getting a DBS check for overseas applicants.
When Does An Overseas DBS Check Need To Be Carried Out?
Eligibility criteria shouldn’t differ just because an applicant is overseas, meaning the rules and regulations are no different. So, if an overseas applicant is applying for a job role that involves working with children or vulnerable adults, it is always wise to carry out a DBS check. This check will help to highlight any past spent or unspent convictions which may deem the applicant unsuitable for the role.
How To Get A DBS Check If…
1. The Applicant Is Based Overseas
There’s no point getting a UK based DBS check for an applicant who has spent most of their time overseas. Unfortunately, criminal convictions that occur overseas are unlikely to show up on the UK system. The results will not be accurate nor paint the whole picture.
Once you’ve learnt how long the applicant has lived overseas, you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether data will need to be collected from elsewhere.
Although a slightly more time-consuming process, it is important to get in touch with the authorities from the country which the applicant has been living in. They will be able to provide you with an up-to-date criminal record which can then be cross-referenced with a UK one (if the applicant has also lived in the UK).
2. The Applicant Is British But Currently Overseas
Getting a DBS check for a British applicant who is currently living overseas can get a bit fiddly. While the application process is no different to a normal DBS check application, you are required to obtain the applicants identification documents in person. Of course, this can be difficult when they are miles and miles away, so verifying the ID via a live video chat will be your only option.
Just as long as you have the verified ID documents and the recruitment decision is made in the UK, there should be no other difficulties in this instance.
Recruit Overseas Applicants Fairly And Safely
As you can see, obtaining a DBS check for an overseas applicant is more than doable. Just be sure to give yourself a larger time window to get all of the correct documents in place. This is especially the case for applicants who are based overseas, as you will need to rely on authorities to provide you with the right information.
If a DBS check comes back suitable and the applicant’s CV is perfect for the job, then you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the right recruitment decision. Do not hesitate to get in touch with The Check People if you require more information, or apply for a DBS check online with us today.