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Passport number on application form

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by vivesco, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Is it usual/normal to be asked to give your passport number on an application form for an overseas school?
  2. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    No it is very unusual.
  3. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Never heard of it before but it may have something to do with eligibility for employment. For instance, it is very difficult for non EU citizens to obtain employment visas in an EU country.
  4. Principal-Skinner

    Principal-Skinner Occasional commenter

    It is normal to give such information on applications
  5. It is quite normal.
  6. Sounds like identity theft just waiting to happen. What else did they ask for? NI number, date of birth, previous names. Some schools do ask for this but really it's a bit risky and unnecessary until interview.

  7. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    I'd be very hesitant about sharing any of that before I'd signed a contract.
    Check out the school first.
    The only things they need to know pre-interview are your credentials, citizenship, age - those are what can interfere with their ability to get a residence or work visa.
    There are cases of scammers posing as schools in order to gather info for id theft. Proceed cautiously and make sure you're dealing with an actual reputed school.


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