I heard the other day (and I admit here that I am, strangely for me, indulging in rumour) that, whilst access to foreign convictions (and therefore, for China, people from the UK) is limited, and can only really be done on individual request from Interpol, many countries compile their own databases of people with convictions (I suspect, given my presence on this forum is full name, I may be on a few if they do exist), although I doubt how much this is true.
Nevertheless, it is worth considering that lying on an application form will potentially constitute a criminal offence. Having looked into this for the US, the maximum penalty under US Immigration law was 11 years. Whilst this can seem like scaremongering, I know many UNLOCK members wouldn't want to take the risk, but the practical reality of access is pretty clear.
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