Dual nationality Background check

I have lived in X country until just before COVID (although I have dual nationality for both the country I applied to and the one I was living in previously) and half of my documents to verify my education, employment and identity are in the foreign language. Do I have to translate them?

The background check company doesn't provide any guidance and wasn't very helpful when I called (looks like their calling centre is outsourced to another country).

A bit stressed out as I didn't lie about my education or experiences, but I might get flagged because I have 2 "identities" for which I would have to verify my criminal record (clean in both countries) and all that.

Anyone has gone through something similar?

Comments (4)

Apr 6, 2022 - 10:56am
kodi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You only have one identity, you just lived in multiple jurisdictions in the past or are currently based in more than one country.

The HR advisor for this will give you the information needed. Depending on the role they'll need a 5 year check or a 10 year check.
If the documents need to be translated, then you'd have to provide that to them.

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Apr 6, 2022 - 11:01am

Thanks. Apparently it's not "legal" in one of the countries to hold both my passports, that's why I thought I had 2 (identical) "identities". 

Guess I'll have to wait to see if I have to translate them

Apr 6, 2022 - 11:09am
kodi, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Holding additional nationalities or citizenships is not permitted in quite a few countries. Just because the Western/Anglo centric nations allow it doesn't mean it works elsewhere.

In the worst case, the other country will revoke your citizenship - and only IF they find out. Some government processes allow the exception to acquire additional citizenship(s) on top of the existing one - if there are legitimate reasons for this. Widening your employment prospects or obtaining a security clearance in another nation is typically NOT a valid reason.

They don't need a job application process to find out though, there are other ways.

Apr 12, 2022 - 7:57am
jackwestjr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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