Guide to Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in Shenzhen

The government of Shenzhen is probably the first one that implements uniform requirements across the city for issuance of Police Clearance Certificates (PCC) to foreigners. On March 13, 2014, the Office of No Criminal Record Certificate of Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (PSB) was officially founded. Never have we seen in another city an entire police …

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Guide to Applying for a Certificate of No Criminal Record in Tianjin

Around Sept. 2017, the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Tianjin Public Security Bureau (PSB) replaced Tianjin Criminal Science & Technology Research Institute to be the government entity that does criminal record checks for foreigners. Since then, the PSB has slightly changed the application procedures. For example, the PSB no longers requires applicants to …

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Guide to Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in Shenyang

Recently, the Division of Exit and Entry Administration of Shenyang Public Security Bureau (PSB) has made some improvements on the way they handle foreigners’ applications for Police Clearance Certificates (PCC). For example, they start giving each applicant an Acceptance Notice upon accepting an application. The process seems to be in a trial stage. Many details …

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Guide to Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in Beijing

Starting December 1, 2019, new rules governing the issuance of Police Clearance Certificates to foreigners in Beijing came into effect. While the new rules provide more transparency, the procedures and requirements now are little bit more complicated than before. The previous “one-stop” service is no longer available. Under the new rules, applicants must go to …

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Guide to Applying for a China Police Clearance in Shanghai

There are more foreigners living in Shanghai than any other city in China. Correspondingly, the city has seen a high demand for police clearance certificates (PCC). In this article, I will discuss how people who are not a citizen of China apply for China police clearance certificates in Shanghai. Where to Apply Unlike many other …

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Guide to Applying for China Consular Authentication

When you apply for a China visa, residence permit or police certificate, you may be asked to provide some documents issued by authorities in the country of your nationality, such as passports, marriage certificates, diplomas, etc. Furthermore, you may be required to get these documents authenticated by a China Consulate. China consular authentication is placing …

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Guide to Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate in Guangzhou

This is a guide for people who are not citizens of China, regarding how to apply for a China police clearance certificate in Guangzhou, for purposes of immigration, employment or school admission. Police clearance certificate is also known as certificate of no criminal record. On March 1, 2019, a new regulation governing PCC applications in …

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New Regulation for Police Clearance Certificate Applications in Guangdong Province

A new regulation, titled Provisions of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department Regarding the Application for and Handling of Certificates of No Criminal Record (the “New Regulation”), will come into effect on March 1st, 2019. Any prior rules regarding the same matter will be replaced by the new regulations. Note that Certificate of No Criminal Record …

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The validity of China Police Clearance Certificates for Immigration Purposes

China issuing authorities impose no period of validity. There’s no set period of time for which a China police clearance certificate (PCC) is considered to be valid. A completed certificate only shows its date of issuance. Compare how immigration authorities consider a certificate valid. Although China authorities put no expiry on police clearance certificates, immigration …

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