To help U.S. employers conduct international background checks on job applicants who have lived, worked, and attended schools in foreign countries, Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a U.S. background check company accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), has announced the release of a new ‘ESR Global Screening’ website at that offers U.S. businesses a variety of international background check services and solutions. Attorney at Law Lester Rosen, Founder and President of ESR, made the announcement.

“Due to the increased mobility of workers worldwide it is no longer adequate to conduct background checks only in the United States, and ESR Global Screening helps U.S. employers conduct global due diligence with international background checks,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual,’ the first comprehensive guide to employment screening. “With many businesses going global, U.S. firms are staffing offices internationally and the number of countries from which employers seek information about applicants is rapidly expanding.”

ESR Global Screening was created to help U.S. employers conduct global due diligence with international background screening through a variety of customized service and solutions including:

  • International Criminal Background Checks
  • International Past Employment Verifications
  • International Education and Credential Verifications
  • Additional International Background Screening Services

From Albania to Zambia, each country is represented by its own web page on the ESR Global Screening website which includes information – Language, Population, Currency, Time Zone, and even Calling Codes – to help U.S. employers conduct international background checks made increasingly necessary by recent government statistics:

  • As of October 2010, there were 38.5 million foreign-born U.S. residents, representing 12.5 percent of the population (Source: U.S. Census).
  • In 2009, 1,130,818 persons became Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) of the United States (Source: U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics).
  • In January 2009, the number of unauthorized immigrants residing in the United States was estimated to be 10.8 million (Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

The ESR Global Screening website offers U.S. businesses valuable information such as the limitations associated with international background screening, how international screening is very different from screening employers use in the U.S., and the problems associated with so-called “Red Zone” countries where war, political unrest, unreliable communications infrastructure, and lack of standardized procedures can affect screening.

“While international background screening is challenging, the mere fact that information is more difficult to obtain from outside of the U.S. does not relieve employers from their due diligence obligation associated with hiring,” adds Rosen, a frequent speaker on the subject of international background screening as part of the ‘ESR Speaks’ background check training program.

To further assist U.S. employers in conducting global due diligence, a complimentary white paper offered by ESR, ‘Introduction to International Background Screening,’ provides information on international screening, what risks and challenges employers conducting such screenings should be aware of, and the many ways background screening overseas differs from background screening in the United States. The complimentary ESR white paper is available at:  

To learn more about ESR Global Screening, visit

About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions.  ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit