The Validity of China Police Certificates

China issuing authorities impose no period of validity.

There’s no set period of time for which a China police certificate, aka certificate of no criminal record, is considered to be valid. A completed certificate only shows its date of issuance.

A page of a notarial China police certificate

Compare how immigration authorities consider a certificate valid.

Although China authorities put no expiry on police clearance certificates, some immigration authorities will only accept a certificate that has been issued within a period of time. The below table compares how immigration authorities deem a certificate to be valid. 

 

If China is the country of your current residence, a certificate is considered valid where it is issued …

If China is the country of your previous residence, a certificate is considered valid where it is issued …

United States1

within 12 months before the date of your visa interview.

at any date.

Canada2

no earlier than 6 months before the date of application.

at any date after the last time you stayed in China for 6 months or more in a row.

Australia3

within 12 months.

New Zealand4

no earlier than 6 months before the date of application.

United Kingdom5

no earlier than 6 months before the date of application.

at any date no earlier than 6 months before your last period of stay ended.

If you need a China police certificate for immigration purposes in other countries, please check with the relevant authorities regarding the validity of certificates.

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  1. See U.S. Satement Department’s instructions about police certificates, last reviewed on July 2020.
  2. See Canada Government’s instructions about police certificates, last reviewed on July 2020.
  3. See Australia Government’s instruction about police certificates, last reviewed on July 2020.
  4. See Immigration New Zealand’s instruction about police certificates, last reviewed on July 2020.
  5. See U.K. Government’s instruction about police certificates, last reviewed on July 2020.

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