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Proof of Non-Criminal Record is Now a Requirement for Foreign Employees Seeking to Work in Beijing

June 20, 2013

Beginning 1 July 2013, foreign employees looking to obtain a Work Permit or foreign expert certificate for employment in Beijing, China must comply with the Beijing Labor Bureau’s new requirement that a Non-Criminal Record Certificate be obtained as part of the application process. The certificate must be issued by the police or relevant judicial body in the applicant’s home country confirming that the applicant has had no criminal infractions from the age of 18 through present day. The document must be legalized by a Chinese diplomatic station in the country of issuance prior to becoming part of the application.

Due to the differing amounts of time that may be required to obtain and process such certificate depending on the country of issuance, Arpin International Group is advising its clients to obtain the certificate prior to beginning the application process, thereby avoiding any hold up of an employee’s Visa. The new law also applies to foreign workers transferring to Beijing from other locations in China. However, applicants holding Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao passports are exempt.

We will continue to monitor the effects of the new regulation after the implementation date and update you as the situation warrants.

For further information, please contact Arpin International Group’s team in China or your local Arpin sales representative.

Michael Johnsen, Country Manager, China