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Q: Did you hear about this crazy new visa law that requires foreigners to have non-criminal record?

I read that in addition to all the new amendments to the entry-exit law going into effect on july 1, China is now drafting a law that will require all foreigners applying for a work permit in Beijing to provide a non-criminal record certificate from their home countries. This just seems like the last straw...how should trans-nationals who have a passport from one country but grew up in one or more other countries obtain this? It's understandable if they were asking teachers to provide this but according to the article below it seems to refer to all work permit applications, regardless of where you work. Will foreign embassies in China be able to assist in providing this? It all seems like a very complicated pain in the ass: http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2013/06/foreigners-will-need-a-non-crim...

7 years 14 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I not familiar with this new visa law, but also I think every company ask new employees for the criminal record. I think that is normal. I did that too for my profession here, financial activities, so maybe they even more strict on regulations. But I really questioning why you call it 'crazy'. A lot of people asked criminal records, by themselves in their home country. Personally I think it is a good thing, nowadays more and more 'lucky' jobseekers come to China, on the moment I came to China, 2006, mostly only hotshot expatriates in Shanghai.
 

Nothing to hide, than you don't have a problem with it.

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I kind of hope my home country has such a law in place. 

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I think a person can't get a passport in Canada with a criminal record, aren't most countries the same?

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The only thing I'm really worried about is the possibility of 'minor' criminal acts will automatically disqualifiy someone from a job - the same way it can back home. Does one little petty shoplift many years ago automatically remove a brilliant foreign expert from the work pool??

 

I'm in favour of a criminal background check, but do thing there needs to be some tempering!

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'Protection for kids' should be in place anywhere, or 'no criminal record' for teachers should be condition in all Schools anywhere in the World.

 

In my opinion, 'non-criminal record for teachers' is similar as it is 'visual impaired person cannot operate public transportation vehicle'.

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It sounds like it's going to extremes, and rather silly. In Australia (Queensland), you're only excluded from teaching for: offences against children; sexual offences; or serving more than six months in jail. Even with these, exceptions are often made.

 

Many teachers I know have minor criminal convictions on their record (some recent), but are still allowed to teach.

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