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Q: Non criminal records check requirements (British citizens)

Been chatting with a friend about the Chinese requirements for the "non criminal record" checks that they'll accept.

 

In the UK there are different ones you can apply for and they have slightly different rules on what they'll show.

 

There is the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - this is what is used in the UK particularly when working with children of vulnerable adults.

 

https://www.gov.uk/criminal-record-checks-apply-role

 

Employers apply for standard or enhanced checks. People can apply in person for a basic check.

 

https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

 

Then for emigration purposes to places like USA, Aus, NZ, etc there are ACRO police certificates.

 

https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

Both the above types of records checks have slightly different "step-down" models which define if older convictions or cautions get shown. My understanding is that the Basic DBS check doesn't show as much as a Police Certificate.

 

The British Government "living in China" sections, under criminal records checks for China refers to both the above checks and don't state which one is required.

 

So my (long-winded) question is - does anyone here know definitively which UK criminal records check is required for China? The Police Certificate or the Basic DBS check? Or either?

 

(As an aside, from various forums, it seems like Americans can opt for local, state or national checks)

1 year 20 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I think your friend is ill informed.

No need for a criminal check if you are in a non teaching job.

I did not need one last year when I was amongst first to do the ABC (Regular posters will recall my epic saga). I have just had my renewal accepted.. no need for criminal background check.

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I promised, I'll stay away of this thread, 'cause I ain't Pom, as Phil would say.

 

However, big-I must tell you, you should change 'no' in thread's title to 'non' 'cause 'no' means 'without' or 'not required' and 'non' means 'lack of' or ''you-didn't'' ... commit any crime' ... 

You would be also correct-er, if you would omit word 'no' in the title entirely!

 

Do you recon, my 'Pom-lang' is good-a?

 

Have a look of this UK Gov.'s link for suitable Criminal Record Cert. for overseas applicants in different countries around the world:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-o...

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I think your friend is ill informed.

No need for a criminal check if you are in a non teaching job.

I did not need one last year when I was amongst first to do the ABC (Regular posters will recall my epic saga). I have just had my renewal accepted.. no need for criminal background check.

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The site is playing up so I can't answer you with a comment Scots.

 

It is you who are ill-informed....let me tell you what I've been told. Firstly it wasn't my friend who told me I needed the check. He needs one so was checking which one China accepts. I'm looking into this for reasons below...

 

I've got the new foreigner work permit card and like you transferred from the old alien employment license. No need for a criminal background check.

 

I've now been made redundant. I've checked with the lawyer that has dealt with my work permit and resident permit these last 4 years.

 

He tells me that now, to change jobs, we need the following in Guangzhou:

1) Educational Certificates authenticating (highest one)

2) A Non criminal records check from your home country. I know from other posters here that Shenzhen will accept a Chinese no criminal record certificate. Lawyer tells me Guangzhou won't.

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2nd reply this morning - this time to answer my original question myself.

 

My friend had emailed the official China Visa Application Centre in London.

 

They have stated that BOTH the Police Certificate and the Basic DBS criminal records check are accepted by China.

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I am also from the UK and thought I needed the criminal check for my new job this coming July, but once they checked my foreign expert certificate they said I don't need to do it as I'm Category B.

I was told anyone who is category A or B on the foreign expert certificate do not need to do it.

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I think the laws are being read differently in different provinces (qu'elle suprise), but here in Sichuan to change employer REGARDLESS of job, you need a new Certificate of No Criminal Record. For any Brits in China, here's the details of an Appostille Service in London I used who can basically do it all for you, for areasonable fee, and post it to you by courier. It's saved me a lot of hassle and stress:

The ApostilleT: 0800 772 34 39 (Free to call from the UK) T: +44 (Innocent 24 76 103 104 (Alternative number) The Apostille Service, The Apex, 2 Sheriffs Orchard, Coventry CV1 3PP

I got the Criminal record Check from ACRO which you can do to do online and sent it to their address. The Apostille service got it all notarized and certified, then sent it to the Chinese Embassy to finally return it to me, by DHL. Takes about a month.

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