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Voyage4life



Joined: 29 Jun 2016
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Location: China

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:02 am    Post subject: Background check from China Reply with quote

Has anybody ever got a background check from China?

Did you get it in person or from outside of China?

How did you get it? What is the easiest way to obtain one?

I am currently out of China but I can ask a friend to pick it up if need be.
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voyagerksa



Joined: 29 Apr 2015
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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jaybet3



Joined: 15 Dec 2010
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Location: Indonesia

PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was never asked for a background check. Also, none of my references or previous employers were ever checked. Even former employers in China.

So, I think it's unlikely a potential employer would go through the effort.

Go the cheapest route if it's necessary to get one. It'll probably be just another piece of paper in your file.

In my experience, employers were more concerned about certification of your education degrees, etc.
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nimadecaomei



Joined: 22 Sep 2016
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice he said from not for China. It would have to come from the local police of the last residence you had in China, but they are often confused about what is being requested. If you are still on good terms, it would be most useful to ask admin at the previous school you worked for because they would know. When I asked in my previous city the police straight up said they do not do that kind of document for non-Chinese nationals Confused
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Simon in Suzhou



Joined: 09 Aug 2011
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Location: GZ

PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under the new standards implemented about 3 years ago, teachers who worked in China and continued to renew their contracts at the same employer did not need to get a background check or have their diploma verified. BUT as soon as you tried to change jobs all this paperwork was necessary to get a residence permit. This happened to me.

As an American i was required to have an FBI background check even though i had been in China for almost a decade. I had to make my own fingerprints on a downloadable fingerprint card from the FBI (in Guangzhou there is NO government or private body that will take fingerprints for you. I searched extensively). I mailed my fingerprints off to an approved company that applied for my background check, sent it to my family, who then mailed in to me. It took about 3 months. It can be done from China, but don't expect to get this in a couple weeks!
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Simon in Suzhou



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just realized you might be looking for a local background check FROM China. Honestly, i would be surprised if this is possible from outside China. I also got this from a Guangzhou office. It took 2 months to process. They would not even let my Chinese wife pick it up with an affidavit. I had to pick it up in person. I also found out that EACH CITY does its own background check. There is no nationwide check. So if you have worked in multiple cities you need to travel to each city to get separate checks.

I found the process a massive joke, because if any foreigner had a local crime on their record, they certainly wouldn't be still working in China.
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nimadecaomei



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I tried to get a check in a city I was living in for nine years they just said, "we don't do that." Nothing could be done. It was not a language issue, they just said no, no, no, and no.
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