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Why You Should Avoid Third-Party Background Check Companies for Dual Citizenship Applications

Our company has processed thousands of dual citizenship applications for well over 50 countries. One of the most frequent questions we receive from applicants is about the type of background check that should be submitted to embassies and consulates. This article addresses these concerns and explains why we strongly advise against using third-party background check companies, especially for sensitive applications such as dual citizenship.

The Risks of Using Third-Party Background Check Companies

Checkr: Checkr has faced numerous complaints regarding inaccuracies in their background checks, which have led to job disqualifications based on outdated or incorrect criminal records. Users have reported issues with the length of time Checkr takes to verify information, sometimes causing significant delays in employment opportunities. Complaints also highlight problems with incorrect information being reported, leading to job disqualifications based on outdated or erroneous criminal records​ (Better Business Bureau)​​ (Checkr)​.

GoodHire: GoodHire has had significant issues with inaccuracies in their background checks. Users have reported cases where major criminal records were missed, which later caused serious employment problems. Additionally, GoodHire has been criticized for not adequately verifying information and making it difficult to get timely corrections to inaccuracies​ (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)​​ (Better Business Bureau)​​ (NerdWallet: Finance smarter)​.

Accurate Background: Accurate Background has been reported for data security issues and slow response times to disputes, making it challenging for users to correct incorrect information. This can lead to significant delays in employment or other critical applications.

HireRight: HireRight has a history of legal issues and fines related to non-compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The company has been involved in multiple lawsuits due to providing incorrect information and failing to offer proper dispute mechanisms for affected individuals​ (Enzuzo)​.

Sterling: Sterling has experienced data breaches that compromised sensitive personal information. The company has struggled with inaccuracies in reports and a slow dispute resolution process, impacting users’ employment opportunities.

Instant Checkmate and Intelius: Both companies have reported significant data breaches. Instant Checkmate, for instance, disclosed a breach affecting over 11.9 million accounts, exposing names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords​ (SecurityWeek)​.

First Advantage: First Advantage has been involved in lawsuits over inaccuracies in background checks, including outdated criminal history information. The company has faced legal challenges for not ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the information provided in their reports​ (SecurityWeek)​.

IntelliCorp: IntelliCorp has received complaints about inaccuracies and difficulties in disputing incorrect information. Users have reported that the process of correcting errors is cumbersome and slow, leading to significant delays in employment or other opportunities.

Why Third-Party Background Checks Are Not Trusted for Dual Citizenship

Countries participating in the 1961 Hague Convention and the Apostille process do not accept background checks from third-party private contractors. These countries only accept federal FBI background checks with an Apostille issued through Washington, DC. The stringent requirements ensure that the background checks are accurate, secure, and adhere to international standards.

Our Company Policy

Our company does not permit any non-governmental agencies from obtaining private information from any of our Apostille expediters or notaries. Many of our notaries already hold bonding certificates and maintain additional licenses such as real estate, insurance, and sometimes even governmental financial securities licenses. This ensures that all background checks are handled with the highest level of security and professionalism.

Our Recommendation

We strongly advise against using third-party background check companies for dual citizenship applications or other highly sensitive clearances. Instead, we recommend utilizing the New York State Criminal Search Portal or the FBI background check system. These government-provided services offer:

  • Stringent Regulatory Oversight: Government agencies operate under strict regulatory standards, ensuring the highest level of accuracy and data protection.
  • Robust Data Protection Measures: Federal background checks are conducted with stringent security measures, reducing the risk of data breaches and unauthorized access.
  • Global Acceptance: Federal background checks are widely accepted by embassies and consulates around the world, ensuring a smoother application process for dual citizenship.

By opting for secure and trustworthy government-provided background checks, you can avoid the significant risks posed by third-party background check companies and ensure your sensitive information is protected. This approach not only adheres to international standards but also provides peace of mind that your background check will be accurate and secure.

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