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|Obtaining a Z-visa and work permit in China with a Criminal record?!|
|Sep 22, 2018 17:36|
Teaching abroad is something that has been on my mind for a very long time. The whole experience of moving away from home and experiencing a completely new culture excites me. I have recently been offered a job to teach Spanish and English in Chengdu, China. In order to be able to do so, and receive the adequate visa I have been asked to provide a non-criminal record check. Unfortunately, about two years back I was charged with assault.
I know that many of you will just immediately point fingers and assume that I am a bad person. We have all made a mistake at least once in our lifetime and luckily for some nothing bad came out of it. In my case this is the story:
A few of my friends and my cousin went out to a bar, we were all having a good time. On our way back I see my cousin being surrounded by a group of 4 individuals. I see pushing and shoving, one thing led to another and I had to jump in. I ended up hitting this guy causing him a minor laceration on the left side of his head.
A couple of weeks had gone by and I had completely forgotten about the whole situation. Next thing I know I receive a call from the police asking me to come into the station for questioning. I have never been into any trouble before so I had no clue how to react to the whole situation. Once in the interview, I said that I had hit this individual due to the confrontation with my cousin. I had to go to court and was charged with assault. Had to pay a £250 fine and complete over 150 hours of community service ( in the UK). This all happened when I was doing my second year of university studying Film and Television which I eventually completed and managed to graduate.
I have applied for a criminal record certificate which I am still waiting for in order for it to be authenticated in the Chinese embassy. Anyway, my question is has anyone been in a situation similar to mine? Will I be able to receive a working visa and permit regardless of my criminal record? Will any school in China accept me? Or just simply what is your overall opinion about the matter? I have not yet told the school anything about this as I am hoping that A) nothing comes up on the background check and B) the embassy tuner a blind eye to it and grants me a visa. After reading many threads I have not been able to receive any solid information. So, please if anyone could share their thoughts and enlighten me on how to approach this problem would be much appreciated.