China Police Certificates

Our law firm routinely assists clients in obtaining China police certificates for purposes such as immigration (to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries) or employment background checks. Our clients include foreign nationals, including former Chinese citizens, and residents of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Background Information

A police certificate is a document confirming you have no conviction (or listing your convictions) within a jurisdiction.

A police certificate is also known as a police clearance certificate (PCC), or no criminal record (NCR) certificate. In Chinese, it is commonly referred to as a 无犯罪记录证明书 (certificate of no criminal conviction). For a sample, see here.

Unlike most countries, in China, a city will only issue to a foreigner a police certificate covering the time you resided in that city. As a result, if you have lived in multiple locations, you may need multiple police certificates. (Exception: In Guangdong, one certificate can cover all places you resided in the province.)

Requirements for issuance of a police certificate vary from city to city. A list of the requirements may not even be published, especially in smaller cities. Some cities will issue police certificates to cover only periods that a foreigner:

  • has the passport used during residence in the city;
  • held residence permits (居留许可) issued in that city issued by the local public security bureau’s exit-entry administration. Such cities will not issue police certificates to cover periods you you held short-term visas such as L (tourist), F (visitor), M (business), Q2 (visiting relatives), or X2 (short-term study); and/or
  • has temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) evidencing completion of the temporary residence registration (临时住宿登记) process in that city. Note that if you did complete the process but have lost your TRRFs, our firm can request copies from the public security bureau.

Procedures to apply for a police certificate also vary from city to city. Most commonly, to apply, the applicant or another person with a power of attorney (委托书) signed by the applicant must first visit the local public security bureau to apply for a police certificate. Then, that certificate must be brought to a local notary office to apply for issuance of a notarial police certificate. The notary can issue the police certificate with a translation to English or another language, if required.

Note on Unobtainable Police Certificates

There are cases where a China police certificate is unobtainable because you don’t meet one or more of the local requirements.

The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries will waive the police certificate requirement upon presentation of proof that the police certificate is unobtainable. For instance:

  • United States: “In the event that the immigrant establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer that” a police clearance “is unobtainable, the consular officer may permit the immigrant to submit … other satisfactory evidence of the fact to which such document or record would, if obtainable, pertain.” 9 FAM 504.4-4(F) (emphasis added). Such other satisfactory evidence that a person has no criminal conviction may include, for example, “proof of membership in or affiliation with a reputable religious organization in a religious capacity during periods of foreign residence may be accepted as such evidence.” 9 FAM 504.4-4(B) (emphasis added). In our experience, an individual’s own affidavit or an employer letter may also be satisfactory evidence that a person has no conviction.
  • Canada: Rules require that an applicant show proof that they requested a police certificate from the correct authorities and explain why it cannot be issued.
  • Australia: If you are unable to obtain a police certificate, you should demonstrate with documentary evidence where possible, that you have made a genuine attempt to obtain the certificate. The police certificate requirement may be waived if you demonstrate that, given the circumstances, it is unreasonable to require a certificate.
  • New Zealand: The police certificate requirement may be waived under INZ Operational Manual A5.10, where an immigration officer who holds the position of immigration manager or has Schedule 3 delegations or above is satisfied that such certificate is “not available” (for example, where authorities of a country do not generally provide such certificates) or “unduly difficult to obtain” (for example, where “circumstances beyond the control of the applicant” prevent them from obtaining the certificate).

Unfortunately, in many situations the public security bureau and notary will not provide documentation showing that an application was made and why it was refused. Our law firm will request that the agency put this decision in writing. If the agency refuses to put the decision in writing, we will document this refusal. We will provide a declaration explaining that the police certificate has been denied and that the denial cannot be overcome through reasonable efforts. The declaration will be accompanied by supporting evidence, relevant Chinese rules about issuance and notarization of police certificates, and certified English translations.

Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm

Our firm focuses on being thorough and transparent regarding how we assist with police certificate applications. We charge a research fee to prepare a detailed quote for your case. This will include:

  • reviewing the facts of your case, as set forth in a Client Questionnaire you will fill in for us;
  • requesting and reviewing key documents in your case;
  • researching and speaking with local officials to determine the city’s requirements and procedures for police certificate applications as they apply to the specific facts of your case; and
  • preparing for the quote for your case.

To get a quote from our firm:

1. Client Questionnaire: Each person seeking a police certificate should fill the below Client Questionnaire. We will treat your information confidentially.

2. Pay the Research Fee: The research fee is USD 150 (RMB 1050) for each police certificate you want a quote for. You can pay here by RMB bank transfer, USD credit card, or USD eCheck (ACH).

3. Submit Your Documents: Please provide to us scans of the documents listed here.

Your quote will include:

  • A list of the steps we will take in your case.
  • The strategy we propose for dealing with any potential difficulty.
  • A prediction of whether the police certificate will be issued or will be unobtainable (in which case we will need to gather and prepare evidence that the certificate is unobtainable).
  • The legal fees we will charge. Our firm’s legal fees typically range from USD 450 to 800 per police certificate application. (The fee may be more if, for example, we need to visit more than 2 government agencies.) If the certificate is unobtainable, we typically charge an additional USD 1200 to gather evidence and prepare a declaration to be submitted to foreign immigration authorities that the certificate is unobtainable. Our quote will include a discount if you are applying for multiple certificates or if multiple family members are applying at the same time.
  • Estimated processing time: Processing times vary by city but are typically 7-10 weeks. After the police certificate is issued, we will send it to you via international courier, such as FedEx.

We Can Assist Nationwide

We can assist with applying for police certificates anywhere in Mainland China, including but not limited to the following cities:

  • Anhui (安徽): Hefei (合肥)
  • Beijing (北京)
  • Chongqing (重庆)
  • Fujian (福建): Fuzhou (福州), Quanzhou (泉州), Xiamen (厦门)
  • Gansu (甘肃): Lanzhou (兰州)
  • Guangdong (广东): Guangzhou (广州), Shenzhen (深圳), Shantou (汕头), Dongguan (东莞), Foshan (佛山), Zhuhai (珠海), Huizhou (惠州), Zhongshan (中山)
  • Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Zone (广西壮族自治区): Nanning (南宁)
  • Guizhou (贵州): Guiyang (贵阳)
  • Hainan (海南): Haikou (海口)
  • Hebei (河北): Shijiazhuang (石家庄)
  • Heilongjiang (黑龙江): Harbin (哈尔滨)
  • Henan (河南): Zhengzhou (郑州)
  • Hubei (湖北): Wuhan (武汉)
  • Hunan (湖南): Changsha (长沙)
  • Jiangsu (江苏): Changzhou (常州), Nanjing (南京), Nantong (南通), Suzhou (苏州), Wuxi (无锡), Xuzhou (徐州)
  • Jiangxi (江西): Nanchang (南昌)
  • Jilin (吉林): Changchun (长春)
  • Liaoning (辽宁): Shenyang (沈阳), Dalian (大连)
  • Shaanxi (陕西): Xi’an (西安)
  • Shandong (山东): Jinan (济南), Qingdao (青岛), Yantai (烟台)
  • Shanghai (上海)
  • Shanxi (山西): Taiyuan (太原)
  • Sichuan (四川): Chengdu (成都)
  • Tianjin (天津)
  • Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Zone (新疆维吾尔族自治区): Urumqi (乌鲁木齐)
  • Yunnan (云南): Kunming (昆明)
  • Zhejiang (浙江): Hangzhou (杭州), Jiaxing (嘉兴), Jinhua (金华), Wenzhou (温州), Ningbo (宁波), Shaoxing (绍兴), Taizhou (台州)

Client Testimonials

  Gary Chodorow and Pete Zhang were a great help to me in getting an immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in London. The Embassy initially denied my application because the public security bureau in China refused to issue me a police clearance on the grounds that I lacked sufficient evidence of my residence there long ago. Then I hired Chodorow Law Offices. With attention to detail and expertise, Gary and Pete prepared evidence that persuaded the Embassy to waive the China police clearance requirement and approve my visa application. Thank you!
Marie Thomas


  1. I am a New Zealand and Australian citizen who had lived in Beijing for the past few years. Now, I am sponsoring my wife to apply for a partner visa in Australia. The immigration department requires me to supply a China police certificate. However, I did not apply for a residence permit during my days in Beijing. Is it possible for you to help me to obtain the certificate, if not, what other option do I have?

    1. Cheng Han: In Beijing, the exit-entry administration will issue a police certificate even if you did not have a local residence permit, so long as you lived in Beijing for over 90 days and have evidence of residence. The best such evidence is temporary residence registration forms from the police station. In the absence of those, the exit-entry administration may accept other evidence, such as leases, employer letters, a university diploma or certificate.

      1. I came to Beijing only for visiting my family, and I didn’t file temporary residence registration forms with the local police station.

        1. Cheng Han: If you retain our firm, we’ll explore whether you have any other evidence acceptable to the exit-entry administration. If no, then as explained above we’ll help you prove to the satisfaction of the Australian immigration authorities that no police certificate can be issued.

  2. Hi, I have lived and worked in China for 5 years. Now, I have moved away but need a China police certificate to apply for Canadian immigration. My Chinese friend tells me that the public security bureau has stopped issuing police certificates in the city where I lived. What should I do?

    1. Roe: There have been times in certain cities when it has not been possible to obtain a police certificate because no public security bureau (PSB) organ or notary is willing to take responsibility for such cases or because they have paused issuing police certificates while their polices are under review. If this is really the case, then as explained above, the Canadian (or other) immigration authorities will accept proof that the police certificate is unobtainable. Our law firm can gather such evidence. Be careful, however, because sometimes officials mistakenly give inaccurate information about local rules on police certificates for foreigners.

  3. I may have lost one of my old passports that I used when I lived in China–or maybe I lost just the page with the China visa. Can your firm still help me apply for a China police certificate?

    1. Yes, we can help you apply. Some cities require the original passport with China visas; other cities require only copies; still other cities don’t even require copies; yet other cities will accept a letter from your government that you used to have a passport with a certain number. In any case, our firm can help you apply for a police certificate. If the police certificate can’t be issued because you do not have and cannot obtain a required document, then we can prepare evidence to prove to the government where you are now applying for a visa that the police certificate cannot be obtained.

  4. I am currently in the process of applying for a Visa to the United States of America. I have turned in all of my formal documents and just recently received a letter stated my notarized Police Certificate was not accurate. My notarized Police Certificate covered only Beijing, yet it is needed for all of China.

    I am messaging because I am in need of help to find see if your office could be of any help. I have gone to the police station where I am registered, to another office that was able to do the notarized Police Certificate for Beijing, and I have also been to the PSB (Public Security Bureau) here in Beijing, but to no avail.

    Thank you in advance for your help!

  5. Hi: I previously lived in China. I overstayed 6 months and was required to pay a fine in order to obtain a visa to exit the country. Now, I would like to apply for a China police certificate in connection with a U.S. visa application. Can you help me?

    1. Wangi: Persons who have overstayed their visas in China may well be ineligible for police certificates covering the period of the violation, depending on the city and the circumstances. However, our firm can still assist. For example, we previously assisted a refugee who entered China illegally, lived in the country for several years, and then left the country without going through inspection. We were unable to obtain a police certificate for her, but as explained above, we can gather persuasive evidence explaining to U.S. or other countries’ immigration authorities that the China police certificate is unobtainable, and on that basis the requirement to submit a police certificate can be waived.

  6. Good day, I never registered my temporary residence in China with the police during my 4 years’ study in China. Can you still help?

    1. DemiFaks: Yes, we can still help. In some cities, temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) are not required to obtain a CNCC. In other cities, TRRFs are required, in which case we’ll need to prepare evidence for foreign immigration authorities proving that the CNCC is unobtainable.

  7. My brother went to China to study. Now he is back in Vietnam. He needs a China police certificate for purposes of U.S. immigration. Can you help?

  8. My husband and I lived in Ningbo, China from 2002 to 2015. My friend tried to obtain a non criminal certificate and they said that since we haven’t lived there since 2015 they cannot give us one. In 2016 we were issued one but now they say they can only give us a copy of it. We reside in New Zealand and need it for visa purposes. Can you help us?

  9. Hello,

    I lived in China from Jan 2010 to July 2010 on 4 F visas teaching english. My passport contains the entry/exit stamps.

    I lived in Henan – Xuchang (Jan – Feb)
    I lived in Hebei – WuYi (March – Jun)

    I am just wondering if you can help me and I have no proof of residence?


    1. James: We’re happy to help. Please complete the above-referenced questionnaire. If a CNCC is unobtainable because the applicant cannot provide the required documents, we can ask that foreign immigration authorities waive the CNCC requirement on the basis it is unobtainable.

  10. Can you help us obtain a Chinese Police Clearance? My husband worked in Guangzhou from 1994 to 2004 and his proof is the alien employment permit and passports with entry/exit stamps (but with some missing pages).

    1. Beth: We’re happy to help. Please complete the above-referenced questionnaire. If a CNCC is unobtainable because the applicant cannot provide the required documents, we can provide evidence to foreign immigration authorities that the CNCC is unobtainable and ask that the CNCC requirement be waived on that basis.

  11. My fiance is Filipina K-1 visa applicant. She was a domestic helper in Ningbo China about 5 years ago. She overstayed her visa by about six months, and then was in jail 14 days after she surrendered. She has her old passport but no other immigration records. She cannot remember the exact address where she lived. She contacted her former employer about a letter, but that person is deathly afraid of giving out any information.

    1. James: We have handled analogous cases for visa overstayers. In such cases, depending on the city, there are various reasons that the individual may not be eligible to obtain a CNCC. For example, some cities will only provide CNCCs for persons who hold residence permits stamped into their passports, and some cities will only provide CNCCs for persons who have temporary residence registration forms showing registration with the local police station. In cases where our firm is unable to get the CNCC, we will gather evidence to show the U.S. State Dep’t that it is unobtainable, and we will ask that the CNCC requirement be waived.

      1. My fiancee is a Ukrainian K-1 visa applicant. She was a tourist in Guangzhou about 10 years ago, where she got drunk and was arrested in a hotel room with a Chinese guy. She was detained for 14 days then released. Was she arrested for or convicted of a crime? What records does she need for U.S. immigration purposes?

        1. Jack: a K-1 or immigrant visa applicant must submit a police record for any country where arrested. (22 C.F.R. § 42.65). Once your fiancée has the police record, she’ll understand whether she was arrested for a crime or for an administrative violation (which is more likely). In any case, consult with our firm or another qualified immigration lawyer whether the incident may impact her eligibility to immigrate.

  12. Hi, I was born in Beijing, China. I lost my PRC citizenship when I naturalized in another country. I no longer have a hukou, as I was very young when I left with my family. Can I get a Beijing police certificate?

    1. M.C.C.: In such cases, you’ll need some evidence of identity that matches your old hukou. Maybe your cancelled PRC passport or old national ID, for example. You (or a third party such as our law firm with a power of attorney) will need to ask the notary what evidence of identity will be considered acceptable. With that, the PSB should be able to pull your old hukou cancellation record and issue a police certificate stating that you had no criminal record through that cancellation date.

  13. Hi I’m a Filipino right now I’m processing k1 visa to United State , and I need to get police clearance from china . I in Guangzhou since 2005 to 2012 with L visa is it possible to get a police clearance?

    1. Rina: Depending on the on the complete facts of your situation, we may be able to get you the police certificate, or we may be able to prove that it is unobtainable for part or all of your period of residence.

  14. Hi, my son in applying for a Canadian visa. He was in Beijing with a visitor visa for a total of not more than 6 months between 2009 and now. He no longer has his temporary residence registration forms. The public security bureau is saying that they cannot issue him a police certificate. Can You help?

    1. Lola: If your son doesn’t have and can’t get the required documents to qualify for a Beijing police certificate, we can help him apply for the certificate, get denied, and submit evidence to the Canadian authorities that the police certificate requirement should be waived on the basis that it is unobtainable.

  15. Hello, my brother got administrative warning penalty and he paid a fine before 1 year can he get a no criminal certificate now. Illegal act, So they give him a warning.

  16. Hi, Gary. My query pertains to the following response to Cheng Han on 26/11/17:

    “In the absence of (temporary residence registration forms from the police station) , the exit-entry administration may accept other evidence, such as…. employer letters.”

    Is there any official form for an employer letter, or is it just a matter of my former employer stating something like ‘Xx worked at YY for Zz years” with their stamp and/or signature?

    My former employer is happy to assist with a letter, but I worry it won’t meet whatever the requirements of the police/PSB are.

    Kind regards.

    1. Joel: The format of the required employer letter varies from city to city, but typically must be in Chinese, chopped by the employer. and state the employee’s name, passport number, dates of employment, and that to the best of the employer’s knowledge the employee has not been convicted of a crime.

  17. Hi Gary, I would like to thank you for helping with my husband’s Chinese Police Clearance. Because of you the impossible became possible: The US Embassy in Manila accepted his Police Clearance and, for his first year in China, accepted the evidence your team prepared showing that the Police Certificate was unobtainable. Thank you also to Susie Guo and all those in Chodorow Law Offices.

  18. Hello sir,
    I was working as illegal housemaid in Fujian China for almost 5 years, now I needed a police clearance for my spouse visa in USA. Can you be able to help to get one?

    1. Miller: We’ve helped with a number of similar cases. We can either get the police certificate or ask that the Consulate waive the requirement on the basis that it is unobtainable.

  19. I was born a Chinese citizen but I became a Korean citizen later so I do not hold Chinese citizenship anymore and I’m currently living in the US, can I still get background check from China? thanks.

  20. Hi, i’m Daniel.
    I was working in a construction company in Beijing – China on Z visa but in my free time, I used to teach English without knowing that it’s illegal. Once I was caught by police and got 5000 RMB fine. After that I never teach again and just focus on my job. Now I need PCC for Canadian immigration. Kindly advice, whether That illegal teaching will be mentioned on PCC?? I’m quite afraid as this could weak my case. Kindly give me some good news please !!

    1. Daniel: A China police certificate states that the applicant has no “criminal record” in China. Here’s a samplesamplesample. You can check your records, but I bet you were charged not with a crime but instead for violation of the article in the Exit and Entry Administration Law that prohibits unlawful employment. That’s a civil violation, not a criminal violation, so wouldn’t make you ineligible got get a clean China police certificate.

  21. Hello,

    I am a UK citizen, but was previously Chinese, and am in the process of applying for a New Zealand visa. I have not lived in China for over 11 years, but when I did live in China I was a Chinese citizen living in Baoji and Xi’an. I have my old ID card, but lack much other information. I am wondering if there is anything additional I can or should supply to you in order to apply for a police certificate?

  22. I am Niranjan from Australia. I studied in china from year 2001-2006 in Guangxi medical university. I need police clearance but my passport is new and old passport I got visa stamped on has already been discarded .Would I still be able to get police clearance please ?

    1. Niranjan: In Guangxi, if you no longer have the passport(s) used in China, the public security bureau and notary will still be willing to issue you a police certificate, provided that you meet the other requirements. Those other requirements include, for example, that for the period you seek the police certificate you held residence permits and have TRRFs (or our firm can get them for you at the PSB).

      1. Yes I will need help with your firm to get one please.Kindly email me the requirements and cost involved please.

        1. Hello:
          I need a Guangzhou police certificate but no longer have my original passport used during the time. Can you help?

  23. Hello. I was living in China with M visa total for 14 months. Going to get a K-1 visa for US. But i was periodically going back to my country. How does the year count, since it said you need to provide a criminal check if u lived in another country for a year. I have been in China since august 2018 to January 2019, then april 2019 to august 2019, and than from august 2019 to january 2020. Do i even need a criminal check? Thank you!

    1. Guliia: The regulations require police certificates from any country where an applicant “has resided for at least one year.” 22 C.F.R. 42.65. The term “reside” is not the same as being physically present in a place. Instead, the term “reside” refers to the country where a person mainly “dwelled” (lived) during the period. INA 101(a)(33). From your timeline, it looks like you mainly dwelled (lived) in China between Aug. 2018 and Jan. 2020 because you were away from the country for only about about 3 months during that period of about 17 months So it may be wise to get a China police certificate. Of course, confirm this with your immigration attorney, or feel free to consult with our firm so we can learn all relevant facts and then give advice you can rely on.

  24. I stayed in Qingdao for 1 year and in Weifang for 4 years. Both are in Shandong province. Do I need two police clearance certificates to apply for permanent residence in Canada?

    1. Please verify with your Canadian lawyer or visa specialist if the Canadian government will need police certificates covering the periods you lived in both cities. Assuming the answer is yes, you’ll need to apply in each city. In other words, in Shandong each city issues its own police certificates; you can’t get a single province-wide police certificate.

  25. Hi: A few years back, I worked illegally in China, was fined, and was detained. Was this a criminal conviction? Will it prevent me from getting a no criminal record certificate?

    1. Hasu: Working illegally is a civil violation described in the Exit and Entry Administration Law, not a crime. (I assume you have no memory of going to criminal court for a hearing before a judge). Because civil violations are not criminal convictions, they will not prevent you from getting a police certificate. We have helped many people apply for police certificates after they have been fined, detained, and deported due to civil violations.

      1. Thank you so much, and yes i didn’t go to any criminal court , what is the procedure for (NCC) application and how do i contact further.

          1. I find myself in the same situation mentioned above. I was accused of working illegally (the recruiting company falsified documents without my knowledge) and got detained twice before being deported. Will I be able to get a police certificate indicating that I do not have an arrest or conviction? Also, how long would it take to receive it, if it is possible?

            1. If you were detained and/or fined for an immigration violation, that is not a criminal conviction, so you can still get a China police certificate stating that you have no criminal conviction (wu犯罪记录). Please see the above article for processing times.

  26. My fiancee has lived in 3 different places in Qinghai province. Does she need 3 police certificates or just 1 to apply for a U.S. K-1 visa?

  27. Hi, way back 2010, I lived in China and worked for two years with L visa. Got overstayed, but its unintentional. I was detained for less than a month then sent back to my home country (Philippines). Is there a way I can get a police clearance in connection of my K-1 fiance visa to U.S.A ?

  28. Hi there. I have my police certificate and notarised copy from my two years in Qingdao, but now I need an updated one that has been issued within past six months for my NZ visa application. Is it possible to get an updated one?

  29. Can you help me get a police certificate? I have been teaching in China and need to leave for employment back in the UK.
    What information would you need from me?

  30. My sister worked in China but left last year to move to The US for work. While she was about to leave China she applied for a certificate and obtained one but got it 2 weeks before leaving China. She has since applied for Canadian Immigration and submitted the Chinese police certificate but her application was rejected because of the 2 week discrepancy. Would you be able to help with a new certificate xovering the entire period or any other alternative?

    1. Hi

      I worked for an agency in China from 2014 to 2016. The agency assigned me to work for a private school. The school will not give me a letter confirming my period of employment, as I was technically hired by the agency. Also, I no longer have my temporary residence registration forms. Can you help me get a police certificate I need it for my Australian visa extension.

      1. Jelly: Whether you will need to submit an employer letter or temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) will depend on which city you resided in. Rules differ from city to city. If those documents are required in your city, then we can ask your employer for the letter and the public security bureau for copies of your TRRFs. Finally, if it turns out that such documents are unobtainable, we can explain that to the Australian immigration authorities and ask that the police certificate be waived on that basis.

  31. Hello, I was wondering if I could obtain
    police certificate based on my previous passport name and number only
    ( I have changed the passport and I don`t have visa information saved )

    1. Lera: Most cities require that you provide a copy of the passport used while in China; others do not. If the city where you resided requires it but you cannot provide it, you can request a waiver of the police certificate requirements on that basis. To find out which strategy is applicable in your case, request a quote from our firm, and we’ll let you know the proposed strategy.

  32. Hi Gary,

    I hope you’re doing well.

    We are still in a pandemic. If I may ask, would you still be able to help me get a China Police Clearance Certificate? and how long would it take now to get it?

    1. Michael: We are continuing to help clients with China police certificate applications. The impact of COVID-19 has been limited. Most noticeably, in some cities, authenticated copies of passports and/or powers of attorney are required, and COVID-19 is impacting agencies abroad involved in the authentication process, such as notaries and Chinese consulates.

  33. How do I contact you for police report please? I want to do one for my stay in china for year 2001-2006. As a student. I had done previously in 2006 but i lost it.

  34. Hi Gary,
    I hope you are doing well!

    I am an Albanian Citizen and I lived as a student in Shanghai for a few years. I have a Certificate saying I studied there and a document proving my behaviour from the local police close to the University and a previous police certificate from 2017.
    What is the process I need to go through and the quote?
    Kind Regards,

  35. Hey, I studied in Xi’an Jiaotong University(Xi’an- Shaanxi Province) from 2010 until 2016, and then I stayed in Xi’an for another 6months on student visa in 2017. Do I need to get 2 separate Police Clearande Certificate or will one be enough? Also due to corona since I cannot travel and my visa has expired I require your service to help me get a PCC on my behalf. What documents are required for that?

  36. Hi: In Guangzhou is it possible to get a police certificate for periods that I did not complete the temporary residence registration process (临时住宿登记) with the police?

  37. Hello: I studied in Xiamen from 1984 to 1985. I am a Filipino citizen applying for a U.S. visa. Can you help with the police certificate even though I lived in China so long ago?

  38. Hi, I am a Canadian citizen, and I worked in China from 2016-2019 on diplomatic visa. Is it possible to obtain a China police certificate? Thanks ~

  39. I have applied for a student visa in Australia and I need to submit the police certificate if they ask for it. I did my master’s from Chengdu, China in 2020. Can you please assist me in this regard?

  40. Hello, I have lived in China for 4 years on Z visa. And my wife lived with me there for period of 9 months on Spouse visa. Currently, we both are in India. We want to get NCRC for Canada immigration. If we use your service, you will require our original Passport or the copy of it will do?

    1. Sid: Whether the original passport is required will depend on the specific police station and/or notary where we need to file the application. For example, in Shanghai, the notary will accept a copy of the passport but some police stations require submission of the original passport (or an authenticated copy).

  41. Hello, the Beijing public security bureau said that they can only issue the police certificate to foreigners who lived in Beijing for 6 months consecutively. If I live in Beijing for 2 months, leave China for 2 weeks and then return to live in Beijing for 4 months, and during this period I am registered to the same address, will I be able to get the police certificate?

    1. Hi Ka-Fai Li: That’s a hard question.

      The Beijing PSB rule is that “境外人员一般应在京连续居住六个月以上” (a foreign national should normally have resided in Beijing continuously for a period of 6 months).

      The term “居住” (reside/residence) normally implies not just staying in a place but making it one’s home, even if a person is sometimes absent from that place. For example, a person who lives in Beijing long-term but stays in a hotel in Hainan for two weeks vacation can be said to have “居住” in Beijing the entire time.

      Practically speaking, in determining whether an applicant qualifies for a police certificate, the PSB will review an individual’s visas/residence permits and temporary residence registration forms. If the these documents give an individual the right to live in Beijing continuously for 6 months, then the PSB isn’t likely to find that a 2-week trip abroad broke the “continuity” of that residence.

      In my opinion, that’s the best interpretation of the Beijing PSB rule. Still, it’s possible that an officer could interpret the term as requiring 6 months continuous physical presence in Beijing.

  42. Hi, I’ve been given a written warning for completing the temporary residence registration late. Does it affect my criminal record or will it be shown on a CNCC? Thanks

    1. Gurk: Failure to properly complete temporary residence registration is an administrative violation, not a crime. So this won’t appear on your criminal record and won’t stop you from getting a CNCC.

  43. When I first came to China, I lived and worked in one city but my employer got for me a temporary residence registration form, work permit, and residence permit for work in a different city. Will this affect my Police clearance?

    1. Hi Mia: While the requirements and procedures to apply for a police certificate vary from city to city, you probably won’t qualify for a police certificate in the city where you lived because most cities require a locally-issued temporary residence registration form (TRRF) and/or residence permit. If you were to retain our firm to help you apply for the police certificate and the police certificate were denied, we would prepare a request to foreign immigration authorities that the police certificate requirement be waived on the basis that the police certificate is unobtainable.

  44. I lived in Hefei, Anhui from 2011 to 2017 as a student. I do have a police clearance certificate that was issued to me in 2017. But I need one which is not 6 months old. Is there a possibility if I can get one.

    1. Hi Pushpinder:Our firm would be happy to help you with the Hefei police certificate application. Some notaries are willing to re-issue old police certificates based on providing minimal evidence. Please see “Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm” for instructions on how to get started.

  45. hi i went to sanya, hainan for my internship for 1 year. now i’m in australia and i require a police clearance ffrom china for my visa process. so can you help me to obtain the report. thank you

    1. Binod: We’re happy to help. Please see “Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm” for instructions on how to get started.

  46. Hi: I lived in Dongguan from 2012-2019. I did register my place of stay sometimes, but sometimes not. Now, I need a police clearance for Australian permanent residency. I was mostly on M business visas and L tourist visas. Can I be get a police clearance? I have both passport copies and visas for the time I was in China.

    1. John: Nice to meet you. In Guangdong province, a police certificate’s dates covered will be “calculated based on the applicant’s Temporary Residence Registration Forms,” according to provincial rules. So you may qualify for a police certificate for those periods you registered, but not for the dates you didn’t register. Still, we can prove that no police certificate can be issued for dates you didn’t register, asking the Australian government to waive the police certificate for those dates. We’re happy to help.

  47. Hi, I graduated from Fujian University of Technology in Fuzhou, Fujian. I have been trying to get a No Criminal record but it’s seeming difficult. Some requirements include a letter of authorization and should be stamped by the Chinese embassy in Nigeria. But due to Covid-19, the embassy is not attending to people. How can I get the police certificate? Pls it’s urgent!

    1. Hi Chinwendu: We’re happy to help with your Fuzhou police certificate application. In our experience, not every police station in Fuzhou requires an authenticated power of attorney (POA) in support of the police certificate application. But, if it is required, in our experience some PRC Embassies that are mostly closed are willing to authenticate POAs on an emergency basis. Also, in our experience, if an authenticated POA is required by the police station but is not obtainable due to COVID, foreign immigration authorities may be willing to waive the police certificate requirement.

  48. Hi! Do you work with Anyang? 安阳市,河南省。I stayed there with F visa and I heard such small cities won’t issue police certificates for F visas. Is there a way to get it?

  49. Hello – I lived in Guangzhou for 8years but left China in 2016, I’m trying to obtain police certificate for immigration purposes – am I able to do that even though I’m not in the country anymore?

  50. Hlw sir, I hope you’re doing well. I’m from Nepal and I’ve been in China for my 1 year hotel internship in 2016-2017. I lived in sanya. So I need police certificate for my migrant visa in USA. Can you help me to obtain and how long it takes? Thanks

  51. Hi there,

    I am planning to apply for my Australian work visa next year and I am required to provide a police clearance for any country in which I’ve stayed 12 months or longer in.

    I lived in 2 cities (Dalian, Ningbo) from 2012-2017 on student visas and I was wondering if you will be able to help me obtain my police clearance without having to leave Australia when the time comes?

    1. Will: We’re always happy to help. By giving us a power of attorney, you will not be required to appear in person. See the above article for instructions on how to get started.

  52. I want a police clearance in the Wuhan city, I was a former student of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. I have already completed my course and returned back home, I applied for a US Visa and the ask me to produce my previous city of stay police clearance I really need your help.

  53. Hello,
    We are applying for a K1 visa. My fiancé lived and worked in China for a few years. We need help obtaining the Chinese criminal clearance record/form from Shanghai for the time she lived there. We have the Alien employment permit and her
    old passport with the resident permit, but we are missing or do not have the Registration form of temporary residence. Is there something that can be done about this? Is there a way to still obtain the criminal clearance without this form?
    Thank you

    1. Evan: In Shanghai, temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) are required for the CNCC application, although a deed or lease may be accepted in the alternative. As mentioned above, Note if you did complete the process but have lost your TRRFs, our firm can request copies from the public security bureau.

      1. The first time she went, she got from the hotel. A year later, her work place and address changed (she stayed in Shanghai) and she obtained a new one from the local police in her area.
        She only has the 2nd registration form, but she does not have the initial one from the hotel. Will just one of these work in order to obtain a police clearance for the entirety of her stay in Shanghai?

        1. Evan F: In Shanghai, a police certificate will only cover periods the applicant has evidence of residence in the city in the form of TRRFs, leases, and/or deeds. If she has no TRRFs from the period she lived in the hotel, we could ask the hotel and public security bureau for copies.

  54. I am currently applying for a resident visa for New Zealand (through my partner, who is a NZ permanent resident). I have been living in China since October 2009, and I have already acquired a police certificate and translation from the notary office here in Chengdu. However, the police certificate only covers the period of March 2011 to March 2021 (a 10-year period).

    My case officer in New Zealand has asked for me to provide a ‘statutory declaration to state your attempts to obtain a China police certificate; whether you and […] have been convicted, or found guilty of, or charged with offences against the law of China, or have not been charged with any offences against the law of China within your lifetime.’

    Is something like this even possible? When I applied for the police certificate they didn’t even provide an option for a report beyond a 10-year period.

    1. Drew: Yes, our law firm can assist in proving to NZ Immigration that you have applied for a police certificate back to Oct. 2009, have been denied, and the it is not possible to overcome the denial. NZ Immigration can waive the police certificate requirement for that period on such basis. To work with our firm, the first step is to fill in the Client Questionnaire mentioned in the above article.

  55. We live in Shanghai and wasnt able to go back to China due to border restrictions. Can your firm help us get a police clearance?
    Thank you

  56. Dear Madam/sir
    I lived in China with student permanent residence about 4 years, now i m applying for Us Green card. It’s already approved with USCIS and now my case is in NVC for visa processing. Do i need Police certificate document during my staying in China or may not need. They did’t ask yet.
    Thanks for your guidance.
    Best Regard’s

    1. Hi Amir: According to U.S. State Department rules on police certificates, you need a police certificate from China if:

      1. You are not a Chinese citizen,
      2. You are not currently residing in China, and
      3. Either (a) you resided here for at least one year since reaching age 16;, or (b) you have a police record here.

      Source: State Department.

    2. Thanks for your reply.
      Could you please let me know how much your services cost and how long it takes for my case? For your reference: I lived in Nanjing for more than 4 years with student residence permits.
      Please let me know if you need more information.

      1. Hi Amir: For information about legal fees and processing times, please see the section called “Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm” in the above article.

  57. Hi Gary, Helen,

    I am applying for Australia citizenship and am required to provide a police check for all countries that I have stayed in for over 3 months. I lived in Beijing for ~8 months over 2 periods. Sep 2013 to Feb 2014 (5 months) as a student, and Jun 2014 to Aug 2014 (3 months) for an internship. I would like your assistance with the police check application. However, I note from the above that the new rules from the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau of Beijing Public Security Bureau requires 6 months of continuous stay. Could you please confirm if I am still eligible for a police check from Beijing before I proceed? Thanks

    1. Josh: Feel free to follow the above procedures to request a quote from us so we can evaluate whether you are likely to get a Beijing police certificate based on the facts and documents you can provide.

  58. Hello, my Russian fiancée and I are going through the K1 process. She studied under the X1 visa from September 2017-January 2018 and the March 2018-June 2018 under an extension at Zhenjiang Gongshang University. We reached out to the university and they told us that they cannot get us the registration form of temporary residence since she’s no longer in China and that without this document she cannot get the police certificate. What are our options?

    1. Dear J&A:

      The first step for applying for the Police Certificate of Zhenjiang is to visit the local police station. While we are there, we can request that the police check their database for your Temporary Residence Forms (TRRFs). Feel free to contact us if you would like our help.

  59. Hi gary! Can you help me get chinese police clearance in Fuzhou, Fujian?

    I studied my master’s degree in China, and now I’m back in my home country, but I’m planning to study in Canada, since I lived there for more than 6 mos, they are requiring me to submit a Chinese police clearance

  60. Hello!
    I’m applying for a U.S. K-1 visa process. I lived in Dongguan, China, for 3 years (2 with student visa and 1 with business visa). I need a police certificate from this city. I no longer live there. Can your firm help me?

    1. Ester: We’re happy to help. A key document in Dongguan is your temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs or 临时住宿登记表). Please follow the instructions above to get started. In the client questionnaire, make sure to tell us whether or not you have your TRRFs. Either way, it would be a pleasure to help you.

  61. Hello, I’m a UK citizen applying for a visa to Spain and I require a police check certificate from China. I lived in Xi’an during 2019. Would you be able to help me?


  62. I am from Bangladesh and visited Yiwu, Zhejiang, China several times with Tourist F Visa from December 2011 to July 2019. I have stayed there for only 7 days to 30 days on each trip. My main aim was to originate business prospect.

    However, In the process of Immigration to Canada I need a Police Clearance Certificate/ No criminal Record Certificate. I have all documents like Visa Pages and Entry/Exit Stamp Pages. I still have a valid visa till 29 September 2021. I would like to know how fast i could get the Police Clearance Certificate and requesting you to send me the required document checklist and the total service fees information including the whole processing time with details.
    Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    1. Mollick: We’re happy to help. To get started, please see the steps described above for “Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm.” Please see above for rough estimates of fees and turnaround time.

  63. hello sir good afternoon i want to know if you can assist me in applying for certification of no criminal records from jinan china, (for canada application ) i was issued an F visa for 6 months and requested for another 3 months total of 9 months in all my problem is i do not have the complete address on where i stayed while in jinan it’s been 10 yrs since i went there. hope to hear from you. thanks

    1. Joy: We’re happy to help with the police certificate application. Even an approximate address may be helpful, if we need to try to figure out which police station may have your temporary residence registration certificates. If you can’t find that information, we may be able to ask the public security bureau for it. To get started, see the instructions above for getting a quote.

  64. Hi,
    I lived in Shenzhen back from 2010 to 2013 when my husband used to work there. I need a certificate of no criminal record from Shenzhen for Australian immigration. Just wondering if I can obtain a certificate for all those years that I lived in Shenzhen?

  65. Hello,
    I have been asked to obtain a new China PCC for Canadian immigration from Xiamen, Fujian because my first one was issued more than 2 years ago. When I applied for my first Xiamen PCC in person, I had to give a blood sample, fingerprints, and shoe impression. So I just want to verify before submitting for a quote, is it really possible to get a Xiamen PCC without going in person, given that a blood sample etc. is required? Or have the requirements in Xiamen changed in recent years?
    Thank you

    1. Ramsey: In 2019, multiple local police stations in Xiamen told us the applicant must appear in person to provide fingerprints and a blood sample. But shoe impression? That’s a new one. In 2020 and 2021, multiple local police stations have told us that there is no longer such requirement at their stations to apply in person. Of course, the key question is what the station(s) with jurisdiction over where YOU lived say. If you’d like us to investigate that and give you a quote, please follow the instructions above to get the quote.

      1. Thank you, I will follow the instructions to submit for a quote. Also, to clarify for your information, they had me step on a box that I think they explained records the weight distribution of my step… or something. I’m not sure “shoe impression” was the right term, but I’m not sure what to call it.

  66. Hi: Is there any way I would be able to get a Beijing police certificate for U.S. immigrant visa application purposes? I lived in Beijing for almost 7 months in 2006-2007 on an F visa. I’m a Filipino citizen living here in Philippines. And I don’t have a temporary residence registration form.

    1. Agnes: We can help either get the police certificate or get proof that the certificate is unobtainable. This will depend on whether the public security bureau (PSB) can find your temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) in their database. We’ll make that request as part of the process. See the above instructions for getting a quote from our firm.

  67. Hi there!

    I worked in Chongqing, China from 2016-2017 and 2018-2020. I have documents of my last two addresses but not anything from my first one, and it’s been two years since I have been home and don’t have the ability to write down my addresses due to the time as I am trying to send a form in for a quote. I require this certificate for another country that I want to employ for. What is the way to go about that when entering in the information? Also, I do not know the requirements CQ would need in order for me to receive one.

    Thank you for taking any time to read my comment.

    1. Jasmine: In Chongqing, the police certificate is issued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit & Entry Administration with jurisdiction over the district where you resided. So, you will need to know at least the district where you resided. If you can’t figure that out, we may be able to ask the PSB to check your temporary residence registration forms (TRRFs) to see what addresses you were previously registered at.

  68. Hello,

    I lived in Guangzhou on student visa for 4 years and left there in 2016 and now I’m applying for IR1 visa. Do I need to have TRRFs to apply for Police certificate ? and If I don’t have it, Will I be able to apply ?

    Thank you

    1. Jik: The Exit-Entry Bureau in Guangzhou will only issue a police certificate to an applicant who has lived in the province for more than 6 months continuously, as demonstrated by TRRFs. If you registered but do not have TRRFs, we can visit the local police station with jurisdiction over your residence to see if they can find and printout copies of your TRRFs. If, in the end, you are unable to get a police certificate covering the entire period of your residence in Guangzhou, we can prepare evidence for the U.S. State Department to ask that the police certificate requirement be waived on the basis that you applied for the police certificate, were denied, and that the denial cannot be overcome.

  69. Hello, I’ve been living in Shanghai since 2019 to present. In November , I began work permit transfer from company A to company B. Which wasn’t successful , as company B shut down within 1.5 months. Nobody told me to cancel my residence permit, in a couple of weeks I found a new job and we started a transfer process again. Now the migration office told me to pay a fine. My concern is whether it’s going to be reflected in police clearance certificate which i need to obtain, applying for an immigration to Canada.

    1. Hanna: Failure to timely cancel a residence permit is a violation of the Exit and Entry Administration Law. It is not a violation of the Criminal Law. As a result, it will not be reflected in a police certificate.

  70. Hello, I am from the Philippines. I lived in China for a few years. I am applying for PR in the USA and I need a Police Certificate. I lost my passport with entry stamp pages, however, I have other documents that I could provide. Could you please help me? Thank you.

    1. Yes, we can help. The strategy will depend on the cities where you lived. In some cities, you will be denied the police certificate for failure to provide your passport. In that case, we can apply for you, get denied, and explain to the U.S. consular officer that the police certificate is unobtainable because you have no passport. In other cities, the police will not require a copy of your prior passport, in which case the police certificate may be approved.

  71. Hi Gary,
    I am from the United States, and I lived in Beijing for a few years. I am applying for PR in Canada and need the Chinese police clearance certificate. I talked to some people and they said that I need to submit my physical passport (they will not accept photo copies). I have to travel often and was wondering if this is true. Could you please help advise on this?

    1. JH: Yes, under newish rules effective Dec. 31, 2021, each district of the Beijing Exit-Entry Administration we have spoken with has required presentation of the original current passport. They have refused our requests to instead submit authenticated copies of the passport. They just need to see the original passport, and they can return it the same day. If that’s a hardship for you, you may want to consider applying for a 2nd U.S. passport.

  72. Hi am applying for a spouse visa in the US, and I will need a police certificate. However, I have lost my old passport, including my entry and exit permit. Not even a copy of all the documents in China is available since It was about nine years ago. No proof of my stay in China.

    Also, I overstayed my visa. Is there any help you can do in my case?

    1. Shayne: In some cities, such as Beijing, a copy of the prior passport is not required to get a police certificate. In other cities, such as Shanghai, a copy of the prior passport is required; without it, your application for a police certificate will be refused, and we’ll need to prepare evidence for the U.S. embassy or consulate that shows the police certificate is therefore unavailable and thus the requirement to submit one should be waived.

  73. Hello there. I am from the Philippines and currently live in Kyoto, Japan. I am hoping to work in Indonesia next year, and I read that I will need police clearances from all the countries I’ve lived in as an adult. I was in Beijing from 2013 to 2015 and I believe I registered at the police station but I cannot find my TRRF. (didn’t think I would still need such documents after leaving the country). I read in your website that your firm can help in retrieving this. How long will the process take? And if I am able to get a copy of my police clearance, can it be mailed to Japan?

    1. Anna: Yes, our firm can ask the public security bureau if they have copies of your TRRFs. If they can be found, you may get the police certificate. If they can’t be found, the police certificate may be denied, in which case we can submit evidence to the Indonesian government that the police certificate is unobtainable. As mentioned above, processing time is usually 7-10 weeks, after which we can mail the original certificate and/or other original materials to you via international courier (FedEx).

  74. Hi Gary, my family and I lived in Beijing for 2+ years till 2008. Currently I am looking g for PCC from Beijing. I remember registering myself at the police station but not sure if I have the necessary documents. Please let me know how to proceed.

    1. Vikram: Currently, the Beijing Exit-Entry Bureau is not requiring submission of TRRFs as part of the CNCC application. Instead, the Bureau is requiring that the applicant have held Beijing-issued residence permits for at least 180 days.

  75. Hello,

    I am applying for immigration for Canada, and they require a China Police Certificate.

    I did a first exchange semester in Beijing (Beihang University) from August 29 to December 20, 2012 (3 months and 22 days), then came home to France for a month and entered China again to study in another university in Shanghai (Shanghai Jiaotong University) from January 29 to July 3, 2013 (5 months and 5 days).

    Do you think that Beijing and Shanghai police certificates will be issued in this case? I read that China would only issue police certificates for people who lived in China for more than 6 consecutive months.

    1. Cecile:

      According national regulations issued by the Ministry of Public Security, “Applications by foreigners who have lived in China for 180 days or more shall be accepted by the exit-entry administrative department of the public security bureau” (PSB).

      But in each city, the local PSB has its own rules. Beijing’s published rules require that you have resided in the city for at least 180 days total (not necessarily consecutive) as shown on locally-issued residence permits. And Shanghai’s unpublished rules appear to require a minimum 180 days of local residence (not necessarily consecutive), as evidenced by Shanghai-issued visas, residence permits, or temporary residence registration forms.

      So, it appears you would be denied police certificates in both cities. However, if the police certificates are denied, we can prepare evidence for IRCC that you applied for the police certificates, were denied, and that the denials cannot be overcome. We can request that IRCC waive the police certificate requirement on that basis. Our law firm is happy to help you. Please see “Getting a Quote from Our Law Firm” for instructions on how to get started.

  76. Hi Gary,
    I lived in Hangzhou from September 2018 till January 2020. I have to apply for a Canadian study permit and they require a police certificate. The whole time, I worked for the same company with a work permit and stayed in the same apartment. How can you help me to get this certificate?

    1. We’re happy to help. To get a quote, please follow the steps described in the above article. Please note that according to rules of the Hangzhou public security bureau (PSB), a police certificate can only be issued for periods you held Hangzhou-issued residence permits stamped into your passport(s). This will impact whether we can get the police certificate or, instead, need to provide to IRCC a request that the police certificate requirement be waived on the basis that you don’t qualify.

  77. Hi, I lived in Beijing for about 5 years for my post-graduate studies and currently work in Thailand. I am applying for immigration for Australia, and they require a China police certificate. When I contacted the exit-entry bureau, they told me that they need original passports. As I am living in another country, I cannot send the passport to them. Do you think that there is a way to get the police certificate for me?

    1. Thilini: Yes, local Beijing public security bureau (PSB) rules require that applicants for police certificates submit their original current passport. While I can’t comment on Thai passport rules, U.S. citizens are allowed to apply for duplicate passports to use in situations like this. Also, there is a small chance that if we apply on your behalf for the police certificate and we can PROVE WITH EVIDENCE that you cannot stay in your current country without your passport, the PSB may allow you submit an authenticated copy of your passport instead of the original.

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