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05-29-2006, 04:33 AM
The importance of security upon entering into relationships whether business or personal can now be solved.Using Online background checks which compiled database resources. Now, using this website as your gateway to our nation's vast reservoir of public records, you can check out virtually anyone's background from your home or office.

Exactly what kind of background information are you trying to get? Education, criminal, work experience? You could hire a private investigator to do some checking, but you'll probably pay a good amount of money for that. Background checks typically involve having the individual sign some kind of release form before you can get information on him or her. Criminal records in courthouses are available to the public if you know where he's lived in the past, but most other searches will require the release form.

With the online access that most of us have today, it is almost too easy to run checks on people. A number of companies make use of this technology on a daily basis. In fact, it is likely that background check was done on you at some point or another in your present or past jobs. This is a crucial part of hiring now days. It is certainly difficult to tell where people have been and what they've done just by looking at them. Appearances can be deceiving.

If you check your stores online, you will notice that it's fairly simple to do a routine background check. There is a site available to anyone. It's not that expensive either. When you think about it, this is rather ideal. Too many hoodlums and bums slip through the interview process with a bit of charm and charisma. However, with a complete background check, their past can be revealed. If there is something that stands out, you will know before hiring and thats for companies who hires people using background checks.

The Internet has really taken things to a whole new level. While companies can run background check, anyone can also run a check on those living next door or across the street. We can find out if there are sexual predators
in our neighborhoods. You'd be amazed when you open a background check site. I was baffled at what could be revealed about a person who sends me a simple email. Suddenly I know their name and address, and all sorts of things. Background checks are a valuable asset that can really set our minds at ease.

If you're an employer, you may have already done a background check on some of your workers and applicants. You surely know the advantages of these checks before making that new hire. A prime dilemma that was encountered at my previous place of employment was drugs. For some odd reason, people are using drugs while at work. This is not only illegal, but unsafe in many places of employment. I recall my boss doing several background checks on new applicants. One of which had been previously arrested for drug possession. This is a perfect example of why a background check is essential in today's society. We never know who is coming our way, therefore it's good to be able to run a check on individuals before hiring them. It's not just about previous experience and education anymore. It's about understanding what kind of person your having relationship with may it be business or personal.

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10-19-2007, 09:34 PM
Homeland Security explains security checks

An explanation of the immigration security check system was issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services April 25 in response to some applicant frustration about delays in the process.

All applicants for a U.S. immigration benefit are subject to criminal and national security background checks to ensure they are eligible for that benefit. The agency acknowledges a small number of delays, but assures the public they are not based on race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.

For related information, see Visas, Passports and Immigration.

The text of the fact sheet follows:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Fact Sheet
April 25, 2006

Immigration Security Checks—How and Why the Process Works


All applicants for a U.S. immigration benefit are subject to criminal and national security background checks to ensure they are eligible for that benefit. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Federal agency that oversees immigration benefits, performs checks on every applicant, regardless of ethnicity, national origin or religion.

Since 2002, USCIS has increased the number and scope of relevant background checks, processing millions of security checks without incident. However, in some cases, USCIS customers and immigrant advocates have expressed frustration over delays in processing applications, noting that individual customers have waited a year or longer for the completion of their adjudication pending the outcome of security checks. While the percentage of applicants who find their cases delayed by pending background checks is relatively small, USCIS recognizes that for those affected individuals, the additional delay and uncertainty can cause great anxiety. Although USCIS cannot guarantee the prompt resolution of every case, we can assure the public that applicants are not singled out based on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

USCIS strives to balance the need for timely, fair and accurate service with the need to ensure a high level of integrity in the decision-making process. This fact sheet outlines the framework of the immigration security check process, explaining its necessity, as well as factors contributing to delays in resolving pending cases.

Why USCIS Conducts Security Checks

USCIS conducts security checks for all cases involving a petition or application for an immigration service or benefit. This is done both to enhance national security and ensure the integrity of the immigration process. USCIS is responsible for ensuring that our immigration system is not used as a vehicle to harm our nation or its citizens by screening out people who seek immigration benefits improperly or fraudulently. These security checks have yielded information about applicants involved in violent crimes, sex crimes, crimes against children, drug trafficking and individuals with known links to terrorism. These investigations require time, resources, and patience and USCIS recognizes that the process is slower for some customers than they would like. Because of that, USCIS is working closely with the FBI and other agencies to speed the background check process. However, USCIS will never grant an immigration service or benefit before the required security checks are completed regardless of how long those checks take.

How Immigration Security Checks Work

To ensure that immigration benefits are given only to eligible applicants, USCIS adopted background security check procedures that address a wide range of possible risk factors. Different kinds of applications undergo different levels of scrutiny. USCIS normally uses the following three background check mechanisms but maintains the authority to conduct other background investigations as necessary:

• The Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS) Name Check— IBIS is a multi-agency effort with a central system that combines information from multiple agencies, databases and system interfaces to compile data relating to national security risks, public safety issues and other law enforcement concerns. USCIS can quickly check information from these multiple government agencies to determine if the information in the system affects the adjudication of the case. Results of an IBIS check are usually available immediately. In some cases, information found during an IBIS check will require further investigation. The IBIS check is not deemed completed until all eligibility issues arising from the initial system response are resolved.

• FBI Fingerprint Check—FBI fingerprint checks are conducted for many applications. The FBI fingerprint check provides information relating to criminal background within the United States. Generally, the FBI forwards responses to USCIS within 24-48 hours. If there is a record match, the FBI forwards an electronic copy of the criminal history (RAP sheet) to USCIS. At that point, a USCIS adjudicator reviews the information to determine what effect it may have on eligibility for the benefit. Although the vast majority of inquiries yield no record or match, about 10 percent do uncover criminal history (including immigration violations). In cases involving arrests or charges without disposition, USCIS requires the applicant to provide court certified evidence of the disposition. Customers with prior arrests should provide complete information and certified disposition records at the time of filing to avoid adjudication delays or denial resulting from misrepresentation about criminal history. Even expunged or vacated convictions must be reported for immigration purposes.

• FBI Name Checks—FBI name checks are also required for many applications. The FBI name check is totally different from the FBI fingerprint check. The records maintained in the FBI name check process consist of administrative, applicant, criminal, personnel and other files compiled by law enforcement. Initial responses to this check generally take about two weeks. In about 80 percent of the cases, no match is found. Of the remaining 20 percent, most are resolved within six months. Less than one percent of cases subject to an FBI name check remain pending longer than six months. Some of these cases involve complex, highly sensitive information and cannot be resolved quickly. Even after FBI has provided an initial response to USCIS concerning a match, the name check is not complete until full criminal and civil records (http://backgroundsearch.com/backgroundcheck.html) information is obtained and eligibility issues arising from it are resolved.