WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.

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Subject: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.
  Hey huys i have read alot of stuff about background checks and everybody said that background check comes after medical and interview. What is the background check? can anybody give me any detail? I have lots of friends who moved to Canada and i never heard any thing about background check from them neither CIC site says any thing. This forum is the only place that talks about SO-CALLED BACKGROUND CHECKS, I want to what the hell is this?
[25-08-2005,00:51]
[**.247.123.149]
Steve
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Background/Security/Police Clearance

Q. Although the question is of purely academic interest to me now, I still would like to know: what exactly is the background security check? What and how do they check? I mean, in my case it took about half a year, if not more - do they do it for everybody?

A. The security clearance is conducted in all cases of applicants between the ages of 18 and 65. A background (security) clearance is conducted to ensure that aplicants who "are, or have been, involved in espionage, subversion, or terrorism."

Additional details on this topic may be
obtained at the following URL:

http://www.cam.org/~dcohen/txt/security/

[25-08-2005,01:00]
[**.75.240.52]
Olek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Sorry, link does not work...
[25-08-2005,01:01]
[**.75.240.52]
Olek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Here´s some more:

Background/Security Clearance

Q1. My understanding is that some sort of background check is done on every applicant, yet the crucial aspect is the scope of the check. It can be very broad and encompassing and, consequently, take a long time. Or, it can be of quite
limited scope, which implies that it will be completed promptly.

R1. The scope of the procedure is not typically the consideration. Rather, the locations in which an applicant has resided, and sometimes the nature of his/her profession in such time is the determining factor for the length of the process.

Q2. As I also understand (which may be incorrect), it is up to the immigration officer to decide on the scope of background check which (s)he orders from relevant Canadian authorities. Thus, by determining the scope of thebackground
check, the immigration officer is indirectly exercising control over the processing speed. In other words, if the immigration officer would like your application to be completed fast, (s)he would order one sort of background check. If not, then a more extensive background check will be ordered.

R2. There is nothing to suggest that an immigration officer, or his/her preferences for the conclusion of an application, has a bearing on the conclusion of the process.

Q3. It seem to follow from the postings on the newsgroup, that the background check on citizens of Western countries is completed very quickly, which results in a fast completion of an application (4-6 month), while some (not all) applicants from former Eastern block, PRC and some other countries have to wait much longer (up to 1-2 years). Say, I am a citizen of Russia, and I can
potentially expect the background check on myself to take 1 year or more.

R3. Again, although certain countries are more prone to delays, it is not necessarily the case that all applicants from a certain country will incur such

[25-08-2005,01:05]
[**.75.240.52]
Olek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
And last one:

Security (Police and Background) Clearance

Each applicant for a Canadian Immigrant Visa, aged 18 or over, is required to prove that he or she has no criminal record. Police clearance certificates or certificates of non-criminal activity, as they are sometimes referred to, must be obtained from the country of current residence and from each country in which the applicant has resided for more than 6 months since his or her 18th birthday. Police clearance certificates are considered valid for a period of 6 months and they usually can be obtained through law enforcement offices or other government agencies. In extenuating circumstances Canadian visa offices will waive the requirement to submit police clearance certificates.

All potential immigrants to Canada must also undergo a background clearance to weed out those who have been or are involved in espionage, subversion or terrorism. This is to ensure that the safety and order of Canadian society are maintained and protected. Such security screening decisions are made based on information from every available source, which is then carefully weighed to determine whether an applicant is likely to threaten the internal security of Canada. When there is an indication of security concerns an interview will be scheduled to discuss these findings with the applicant. Anyone who poses such a threat must necessarily be prevented from entering Canada.

Please note that there is a clear distinction between the police clearance certificate, which the applicant is required to obtain, and the background clearance, in which the applicant for the most part is not actively involved.

[25-08-2005,01:19]
[**.75.240.52]
Olek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
STEVE

The background check is the most important part. It usually takes some time to complete if you have been out of the country for some time and have lived in other places.
Your friends who have moved to Canada have had a background check done unless they snuck in illegally and did not go through CIC. AND all CIC website talk about background checks.
Nothing to worry about if you have been a good citizen.

Good luck



[25-08-2005,01:26]
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Rachunek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Rachunek
My friends did not sneak into Cnada illegaly, they went there after getting their PR through proper channel. Secondly What CIC talk about background check is: Police Clearance and FBI clearance (if applying from USA. if CIC had to perform background checks for each individual then there was no use of asking for these Police clearances because clearances are background checks in one way or another. What other source can be searched for Clearance other than Police or FBI kind of agencies. So what we submitt as a Police Clearnce is actually a background check, atleast this is my understanding, you may think whatever you feel comfortable with. Anyhow thanks for your feedback.

[25-08-2005,01:34]
[**.247.123.149]
Steve
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Friend, if you have your ?understanding? why you ask then?
[25-08-2005,01:45]
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Olek
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
background checks are beyond police clearances. they may even decide to verify your credentials if your application does not add up to the officer. clearances are controlled by applicant and therefore subject to tampering. Background checks are outside the control of an applicant and may involve interpol, international watch lists etc. so... 2 types of security clearances. local police, and international.

does that help?

[25-08-2005,02:00]
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sharon
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
Olek, i did not take any thing out of your pocket by sharing this issue and my ´understanding´ means that this is the way i look at this issue. I got a feedback from many people which helped and you instead of sharing your thoughts came up with a useless comment.
SHARON: International watch list make any sense to me but interpol etc. is a very lengthy process and i dont think CIC would go for it. Anyways your contribution is helpful. Thanks

[25-08-2005,02:10]
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Steve
(in reply to: WHAT THE HELL IS BACKGROUND CHECK.)
And what I was doing in my 4 ferst posts? Did you read them?
[25-08-2005,02:12]
[**.75.240.52]
Olek