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Q: Job application and passport info.

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My name here is 吴善水,I'm a Dutch citizen and have been looking to find a job opportunities a in Shanghai for a couple of days now, and I am greatly surprised by the amount of response from potential employers compared to the Korean and Japanese market who seem way slower in answering.

 

Nevertheless I am a bit worried, most of possible employers do ask for a copy of my passport information page, as Dutch citizen it is strongly advised by the state not to give this page as hard copy to strangers, can you explain me why they ask for this right at the start of the contact and if it's safe to do so? Also will they still accept my document if i blur out the specific ID number I'm not supposed to communicate to non state officials?

 

Thank you for reading and hopefully for helping me out here.

吴善水。

6 years 7 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Shanghai

 
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Hey there, and welcome to the forums!

 

Good question!

 

I suspect it has to do with proving your nationality, although it is true that some agents will sell your passport details.

 

yes, it's very common - but if you have the skillset they're looking for, and it's pretty high-level,they'll usually let you get away with it.

 

You will, of course, need to send them that copy later, and to even hand over the passport itself for the visa and Resident's Permit.. but that's way down the line!

 

If you're that worried, then do as you suggest - blur out the all essential numbers etc at the bottom of that page, so it can't be abused.

 

FTR, on first contact, and until such times as it looks like employment is possible, I only send off a CV and cover letter. If they're serious, they can contact me. If they're not, I probably dodged a bullet.

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Hey there, and welcome to the forums!

 

Good question!

 

I suspect it has to do with proving your nationality, although it is true that some agents will sell your passport details.

 

yes, it's very common - but if you have the skillset they're looking for, and it's pretty high-level,they'll usually let you get away with it.

 

You will, of course, need to send them that copy later, and to even hand over the passport itself for the visa and Resident's Permit.. but that's way down the line!

 

If you're that worried, then do as you suggest - blur out the all essential numbers etc at the bottom of that page, so it can't be abused.

 

FTR, on first contact, and until such times as it looks like employment is possible, I only send off a CV and cover letter. If they're serious, they can contact me. If they're not, I probably dodged a bullet.

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Your  passport number will be your ID in China. All Chinese people have an ID number that is used for almost everything. Every Chinese CV I have seen, for example, has the applicants ID number on.

 

For your first few weeks working in China, it will feel as if you are throwing copies of your passport about like confetti. 

 

Chinese can't do anything official without their ID. You will be the same, but your passport is your ID. It's a different way of thinking.  The number does not "belong" to you. You are the number.

 

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You're worried that when you send the information page they'll use your national id number ?

Shining_brow:

Engl you tosser - identity theft is HUGE business around the world! Get the passport information, redo the photo, and you have yourself a new identity - thus, banks, credit cards, etc etc.  And that can mean, a whole pile of money!

 

Once you have the passport, getting any other piece of ID is a breeze, and from there, so is accessing someone's bank accounts, etc. (with some research).

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