Details on cram school background checks for foreigners finalized

Foreign nationals applying for cram schools in Taiwan will now need a criminal record check from their country of origin

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/05
By: Keoni Everington,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government this week finalized the details of the background check on

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foreign nationals that is part of a new law geared at tightening the requirements for both foreign and Taiwanese teachers applying to work at cram schools, also known as “buxiban” (補習班), in Taiwan.

In addition to requiring that Taiwanese teachers submit police criminal record certificates (警察刑事紀錄證明書), the Supplementary Education Act (補習及進修教育法) Article 9 was amended on June 14 to require a “certificate of good conduct” (行為良好證明) for foreigners applying to work at cram schools in Taiwan.

In an interview with Taiwan News, an official from the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said that a certificate of good conduct will go by different names in different countries, but essentially is a document proving that an applicant does not have a record of criminal offenses. He also said that the certificate must apply nationwide, not just from a specific region, and confirmed that in the case of the United States, this would be the FBI Identity History Summary. According to the FBI’s website, the processing time for such a form is currently 10 to 12 weeks, not including time for mail delivery.

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