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spm5889



Joined: 10 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: obtaining visa with a previous criminal record Reply with quote

I am seriously considering teaching english abroad in latin america, but before I take my research any further, I have a question regarding a potential roadblock. I have a a marijuana possession charge from a couple years ago that I cannot get expunged since I have already expunged an arrest from 4 years ago. This charge has prevented me from pursuing the original place I wanted to teach (south korea) since they are very strict on granting visas to anyone with any sort of drug related charges. Does anyone know if the same situation could happen with attempting to obtain a visa in a latin american country? I have no idea how strict places are with criminal background checks/drug related charges. Thanks for any guidance anyone could provide with this!!
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know in Peru you have to get fingerprinted and get your teeth checked at Interpol. Though many peopel teach in Peru on a tourist visa.
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Hasan84



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm living in Bolivia at the monent and I know people who have marijuana convictions Wink but got the year residency visa without a problem. As naturegirl said, you have to go to interpol and they do fingerprint and other checks... basically, as long as you're not wanted internationally for anything you should be ok. I think they're more interested in serious offences, but this is just Bolivia I'm talking about. I'm going to Colombia in a month and will let you know what I find out there.
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Swing59



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that if you don't have any unresolved legal issues it probably won't be a problem. The visa issue in Ecuador is difficult for different reasons, but when I was there several years ago I'm not sure that they did a criminal check.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ecuador do a criminal background check for work visas, and you would be refused on that basis, but I am not sure if they do for cultural exchange visas (which the bigger language schools use now).
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mexico doesn't require a detailed background check for simple visas.
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