How can I find out if I’ve been blacklisted from China?
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Being deported from China is not as direct as you might expect – you won’t be accompanied by armed guards to a plane, or bundled into the back of a boat. You might even leave the country expecting that you’ll be able to go back… only to find, years later, that you’ve been blacklisted.
So how can you find out? Well if you’ve not left China yet then you can check at the Entry and Exit Administration of your local municipal PSB. This is the big building where people go to get their visas sorted; you can find the addresses of the four top-tier-city PSBs at the bottom of this article.
Take your passport when you make your enquiry and they should be able to tell you – they keep records of all foreigners’ entry and exit details, and have the right to decide whether put a person on a blacklist according to law.
If you are outside of China then things are much harder. You could get a friend in the city to go on your behalf, taking with them a photocopy of your passport, their own passport, and a signed paper saying that you are allowing them to find out this information on your behalf. However, this method is not guaranteed.
What can get me blacklisted from China?
The government hasn’t made any official announcements about what constitutes a blacklist-worthy offence, but there are certain blacklistable occasions that are more common than others; a list is given below. Outside of the following, just make a point of sticking to the law.
A partial list of potentially blacklistable offences:
- Overstaying your visa
- Entering the country illegally
- Cheating the visa office to get visas, such as providing fake information
- Using a forged visa or passport
- Working or doing business illegally, such as working on a L visa or Q visa
- Posing threat to the national security of China, such as engaging in spying or terrorist activities
- Being a threat to public security, such as engaging in the drug trade or being part of a criminal syndicate
- Being put in jail for criminal activities
- Being a suspect of a criminal or civil case
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