Effective Thursday, February 24, 2022, Sterling is anticipating significant suspensions or delays with our public records and verification services in the Ukraine and potentially in the adjacent region. A state of emergency has been declared and many non-essential government offices and businesses are currently closed while other government offices, educational institutions and companies are working on reduced staff.
The following Ukraine services are either temporarily suspended or significant delays are anticipated:
Criminal Records: The Ministry of Internal Affairs has suspended their criminal records checks service until further notice. During this suspension, Sterling is not able to offer our Nationwide Police Criminal History Check as well as the Police Clearance Authentication services.
Credit Report: The Ukrainian Credit Bureau of Histories is currently operational but is expected to experience delays over the foreseeable future.
Directorship Search: The State Enterprise Information Resource Centre Business Directory is not currently operational and we anticipate delays.
Employment Verification: Many non-essential businesses are currently closed or working on reduced staff and, depending upon their location, may be impacted by political unrest. We will continue to attempt verifications, but expect delays.
Education Verification and Professional Credentials: Many educational institutions are operating on reduced administrative staff and, depending upon their location, may be impacted by political unrest. We will continue to attempt verifications, but expect delays. Possible exceptions are degrees issued after the year 2000, which may be verified online via the Ministry of Education.
Please note that identity and database services are not currently experiencing any delays. However, the availability of services in Russia and the adjacent region may be impacted by world events, including sanctions placed in response to the evolving conflict. Sterling will provide impact updates and any alternate search options that become available. Thank you for your patience.