Hi,beppi wrote:So the question was actually about what an official enquiry to the UK authorities would show, not what some other "check" on your background (such as what MoM regularly does if they have doubts about an applicant - they are known to have teams in various locations doing detective work) would show up?
This was NOT clear from your post, and in that case I wonder why you ask on a Singapore forum and not a UK legal one.
Oh my god !!JR8 wrote:Without wishing to appear pedantic, I believe you mean you are or you're.sprobert wrote:I take your point though and your right maybe this was a case for a UK forum. In more ways than one I think...lol Thanks
p.s. And you were moaning earlier about ex-pats who can't read a simple line of text lol
You asked if a background check will reveal your convictions.sprobert wrote:That is a good point, although my first post does highlight that I am British, that the convictions were in the UK and most importantly that I was wondering if spent convictions could be seen. Yes I agree maybe it is a case for a UK forum but could also be useful on a forum like this in case someone here had the same experience.
Thanks.beppi wrote:You asked if a background check will reveal your convictions.sprobert wrote:That is a good point, although my first post does highlight that I am British, that the convictions were in the UK and most importantly that I was wondering if spent convictions could be seen. Yes I agree maybe it is a case for a UK forum but could also be useful on a forum like this in case someone here had the same experience.
Obviously, a background check is only performed if official documents (which you could have submitted) are not trusted or more information is needed than those documents contain. Just looking at official documents is not a background check!
Now, without knowing anything about the nature and thoroughness of this check, it is impossible to know if your convictions will show up, but I am sure they could if they dig deep enough.
Then, as I said, you should worry if these convictions have to do with drugs (a BIG no-no in Singapore), terrorism or violent crime.
I personally think you should have mentioned them and not marked "no prior convictions" on the form, as honesty is generally the better way forward (and I wouldn't want to start a new chapter in life by lying about the previous one)!
Welcome to the forum, the hard way.
If you had any idea of the number of posters who come on this board with "entitlement" complexes, you would know why we tend to react in a certain fashion. I often do as well - but moderators are moderators ONLY when we say we are moderating - otherwise, we are unpaid regulars like the rest of the regulars (in fact we all WERE regulars at some point).
You were lucky insomuch as you managed to find a local practicing lawyer on the other board. But even his information may not be correct as MOM nor ICA reveal WHAT checks they do or how deep they go. As to what employers check, I'm afraid that would vary from employer to employer. Looking at some of the shenanigans some of the Foreign Talent has gotten into in recent years make me wonder if any checks are/were done at all.
Any locally based board like this one can only give you anecdotal evidence and opinions. How you take that is up to you. But if you are coming to Singapore, I would suggest that you get a thick skin as at the moment the locals don't like us very much and are not above vocalizing it. So, hopefully, your spent convictions were for fighting or some such. Because there will be time that you really would like to lay one of 'em out cold!
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