How to authenticate your background check when in China

How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby kristapinyan » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:28 pm

Hello all,
I am currently in China, I am going to start as an English teacher for a school. For the Z visa, I already have my background check, but after I have got there, they said that I need to authenticate it. I am from USA. I already have my degree authenticated in the USA, but does anyone know how I can authenticate my background check, without going all the way back to USA.

Thank you so much,

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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby JohanneSwe » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:08 pm

I would recommend you to call the american embassy here in shanghai.
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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby MrCH » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:49 am

I was able to get a notarised copy of my degree at the consulate (i'm British). But they could not do my background check.

I've been here for several years and now changing jobs and moving to a different province in China. The HR at my new school told me not to worry about getting the background check 'authenticated' if i can't do it here which suggests to me that it's not necessary or that they are confident that the foreign experts bureau will be lenient about it not being authenticated.

I would double check with your school that it is absolutely necessary and even push them to call the foreign experts bureau to confirm.

Other than that, there are 'apostille' services/agencies who can do everything for you (at least they can for UK nationals) but they can be quite expensive - between 1000 and 2000 RMB including complete authentication and postage to China.
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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby kristapinyan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:31 pm

Thanks so much!!
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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby Mel69 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:32 pm

If you have a local police background check you are SOL but if you have an FBI back ground check then the consulate office ca validate for you .
If the one you have is local the easiest thing at this point is to get an FBI one that can be done at the consulate office . It takes a while to get
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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby MoonOverMiami » Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:01 pm

By authenticate, did they want the State Dept to authenticate it or do they want the Chinese embassy in the US to authenticate it? If the latter, your home state will determine which Chinese embassy you will need to go to to get it authenticated.

There are services available stateside that you can use to help you get documents authenticated by the Chinese embassy.
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Re: How to authenticate your background check when in China

Postby Adrienne » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:42 pm

Not sure but doesn't each District have a Notary Office (or whatever it is called) where you go and swear on a stack of little red books that all is fair dinkum? Or is that something different? I know the locals use it all the time for docs.

I would contact the US Consulate General in Shanghai and ask em.

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