- IF you do have a criminal record…
The RCMP states that you must allow for a 120-day processing time if you have a criminal record. If you do have a criminal record, you will not be given a visa to teach in China. In years gone by, applications for those with a criminal record were taken on case-by-case basis. Minor convictions were not deal breaker. Unfortunately this is not that case anymore. Any offense that shows up in your criminal police check, no matter the severity, will lead to a visa denial.
Fee – The first step (getting your ID verified and/or prints taken) usually incurs a small fee that’s determined by whatever local agency or police station you go through. For a certified document (ie. when fingerprints are needed) you will also incur a Federal fee of CDN25, on top of the what you paid for the application.
Once you finally have the document at hand, it’s time to move to the next step.
5. Have the certificate notarized
You can do this through a solicitor, notary public or a Commissioner of Oaths – all easy to find locally with a quick Google search.
6. Have the certificate authenticated by the Canadian Government
At last, you must have the document authenticated at the Authentication Office of Global Affairs.
7. Have the criminal background check authenticated by China
This very last step is done by the Chinese Embassy of Canada. Don’t forget to take all your other documents along to have them all authenticated at once.