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Q: have you all been asked for a Criminal background check from your home country?

A question asked recently on getting a criminal background check done in your home country has got me thinking about the fact that i have never been asked for one.

this got me thinking about if this is something only asked for guys wanting to teach in China.

So, any of you ladies out there, have you been asked for a criminal background check?

Or does it depend more on your country of origin?

 

EDIT :

it seems to be fairly random, being asked for this

3 years 46 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I think its alot of factors from race to nationality to occupation to the city your applying for a visa to the dude thats processing it. Some of the stigma of teachers here is that they were unsuccesful back home or criminals that are running away from something.
As a teacher i was never asked but it wasnt as common back then. As a GM from Canada getiing my current visas has been an absolute breeze and i wasnt asked. But i know people who applied at the same office who were asked.

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Nope, never. 

 

It may also depends on the place you work for/with. If their guan xi is strong it may reach the security sector and allow loosened restrictions in getting their employee visas. 

 

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Not yet, but who knows. I have to move my vise to new employer, so all the hassle is starting again. they may probably ask now ...

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I was asked for 'Non-criminal certificate' from Co. in Shenzhen. They advertised openings for 120 FT in 2012/13. 

I contacted my Embassy in Beijing, and they would be able to get Certificate for fee. However, I wasn't 'chosen' for job, so I didn't 'officially' ask Embassy for Cert.

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It's standard procedure in most countries, esp. if you are teaching kids. Which is fair enough.

I think what happened here in China tho, was that there were a couple of headmasters & senior teachers in BJ (I think..?) that were 'playing' around with the kids. It seems that both were indicted for being paedophiles back home (USA & UK ) but still managed to get good teaching jobs here.

So, therein lies the police check these days. Fair enuf, I think

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Every non-Chinese national living and working legally in Qingdao has been required to submit a criminal background check from his/her home country, regardless of gender, nationality or profession.

Why Qingdao? Such a laid-back city yet perhaps an experimental ground to test new policies? I don't get it.

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Not yet but I got my visa before the laws come into effect.

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I had to provide the PSB with a FBI record before I got a Z visa in Philippines, Makati Chinese Embassy... Never been asked in Shenzhen to provide a new FBI because I never left China, BUT I heard Qingdao requires a new one every year during RP renewals , but thats just rumors..

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Tough not being asked to provide a paper about my criminal record I am sure I would not get my visa if my criminal record would have been positive.

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Tough not being asked to provide a paper about my criminal record I am sure I would not get my visa if my criminal record would have been positive.

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I am not female. I have been asked to provide a criminal record check at a college in Hebei province. This was a college. I worked in a high school this year and wasn't asked for one. I get the feeling the request is random. I also have noticed many of the ads for teachers are asking for criminal record checks over the past few years. I don't think this is a mandatory policy for SAFEA yet. Maybe a sign of things to come.

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It is necessary for all work visas since the new laws came in. I will be doing my work visa soon and had to go through the whole process of mailing finger prints home and then getting the criminal record mailed back here... 

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interesting that it seems to be a patchy and random request to date, and no female seems to have been asked YET.

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I'm not a teacher nor a female but was asked for one.  Beijing seems to have started this procedure last year for all working visas and many provinces followed suit.  So if you weren't asked for one you probably got your working visa before this new law came into practice or you live in a province that didn't follow Beijing's lead.  I highly doubt it has anything to do with being male or female as that would be highly discriminatory. 

 

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When I started my job search in November 2013, every employer I interviewed with required a clean criminal background check. I'm American and  it seemed to me that this was not based on country of origin at all, and purely just a requirement for all prospective teachers.

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The Provincial Expert Bureau told me that I did not need one to renew my work permit, only for new applications. The Provincial Expert guy was pretty adamant about it, when I asked if he was 100 percent sure He told me if I stopped working, and came back at a later time, then I would need the CBC.

 

I have asked my FAO in my college about this, once in September and in December and he has relayed the same information. I wanted to know so I could have gone back to the USA to get the paper over the Chinese New Years break.

 

He has contacts with the other FAO people in the various colleges there and they told me the same thing.  Renewals, no,  New applications, yes.

 

The PSB isn't asking for the CBC, it is the Municipal Labor Bureau requiring it, at least in my city. Not in Beijing.

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Why can't the PSB just do the background check themselves? Can't they look up criminal records from most countries through third party websites like regular employers?

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I was never asked for one when i came to China, but if i was asked to get one from my home country i wouldn't be able to get one since i have been off USA soil more than 5 yrs.

i could get one from Canada where i have permenant residence.

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I had to show my criminal record both for my work permit and my wedding.

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