On March 15th, the Guangzhou Science and Technologu bureau announced “Several Measures on Further Streamlining the Handling of Permits for Foreigners Seeking to Work in China”, which aims to simplify the handling of foreigner work permits.
Compared to the previous standard, there are plenty of changes! Such as applying online, part-time work and more!
Let’s take a look.
Changes for Foreigner Work Permit Applications
Online Work Permit Applications
Previously: All talents must have their application materials checked onsite.
Now: Work permits can be handled online without face-to-face examination and approval. Paper applications are not needed. Category A talents can pick up materials without any extra paperwork. Category B and C talents need to submit required documents and then pick up their work permit cards.
Applying for Work Permits in China Without Leaving the Country
Previously: Only foreigners who satisify one of the nine circumstances can apply for a work permit without leaving China.
Now: All foreigners holding a valid visa in China, after being hired by an employer, can apply for a Work Permit without leaving China!
Part-Time Work Is Allowed
Previously: Part-Time Work was not allowed in any circumstance.
Now: Foreign scientific and technological talents can work part-time with the approval of their employer, after filing with the Guangzhou Foreign Specialized Bureau.
Mutual Recognition of Work Permits
Previously: Applicants who received work permit don’t need to submit their education certificates.
Now: Foreigners with work permits from other Chinese cities no longer need to submit work experience, or education certificates in Guangzhou.
Age & Work Experience Restrictions for Work Permit Holders
Before: Category A talents were free from age and work restrictions. Category B should be under 60-years old, unless they’re under certain categories of applicants. Category 60 needs to be under 60.
Now: Age requirement relaxed to 65-years old, and the two-year work requirement has been exempted for urgent young foreign talents. Those who meet the requirements will be granted a work permit for 2 years. This also applies to foreign high-skilled talents.
10 Year Visa for Special Talents
Now: For foreigners belonging to the scientific and technological talent, and participate in key projects, they can apply for a 10-year R visa.
Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, the main site of the 2022 Asian Games, features a stunning butterfly-shaped venue which incorporates a natatorium and a gymnasium to host swimming, diving and basketball. Pictured behind the giant silver-white structure is the center’s main stadium – aka the ‘Big Lotus’ – which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and track and field events. [Photo provided to China Daily]
Asian Games venues completed as state-of-the-art facilities promise to deliver exceptional event
With less than six months to go, preparations for the Hangzhou Asian Games are in full swing.
Organizers delivered the latest update on Thursday, confirming that all competition venues have been completed.
The 56 venues for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 (Sept 10-25) and the fourth Asian Para Games (Oct 9-15) have been finished on schedule, according to the organizing committee. They comprise 12 new, 26 renovated, nine rebuilt and nine temporary venues.
In addition, a total of 31 training venues, one Asian Games village and four Asian Games sub-villages will be ready in the coming months to provide accommodation, catering and medical services for athletes and other participants.
Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will host the largest number of events during the Games.
The city’s Huanglong Sports Center, which comprises a main stadium, a gymnasium and a natatorium, will host soccer, gymnastics and water polo at the Asian Games, and track and field events for the Asian Para Games.u;ppp
Huanglong Stadium’s soccer pitch is composed of both natural and artificial grass, making it more durable than a standard surface and helping it recover faster amid a busy schedule of matches during the Games.
According to Song Haiqiang, a senior engineer at Huanglong Sports Center, the stadium features a world-class plastic track which boasts superior performance and is ecologically friendly.
“The stadium can accommodate up to 60,000 people. All the seats have also been upgraded with more striking colors, such as purple, orange and blue,” said Song.
The main stadium at Huanglong Sports Center will host soccer at the Asian Games. [Photo provided to China Daily]
“Additionally, there will be two 360-degree circular screen strips, at 590 meters and 490 meters in length respectively inside the stadium. These will offer an enjoyable and unique viewing experience for the audience.”
Two 85-meter-high towers stand at either side of the stadium with two large screens at their centers to display scores and action replays during the Games in real time.
On the east and west sides of each tower, laser projections can present live images of events in real time, and can be seen by the naked eye up to 3 kilometers away.
As the venue which will host the most competitions during the Hangzhou Asian Games, the Huanglong center will stage six test competitions－five of which are national level－from April through June to ensure preparations are conducted as thoroughly as possible.
The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center is arguably the most visually stunning of all the Games’ new venues. A main stadium, dubbed the “Giant Lotus” thanks to its lotus flower design, will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and the track and field competitions.
The center’s most eye-catching venue is a butterfly-shaped building that combines a natatorium and a gymnasium, and features a silver-white metal roof.
The design is inspired by the Chinese folktale of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai－sometimes referred to as “The Butterfly Lovers” and dubbed the “oriental Romeo and Juliet”.
Meng Fangli, a staff member of the Asian Games’ operating company, said that the main gymnasium spans a total construction area of 76,107 square meters.
“There are 18,000 seats, of which 15,000 are fixed. Forty seats for persons with disability have been added, and each barrier-free seat is equipped with a corresponding chair for a guide or carer,” said Meng.
Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center in Hangzhou’s Fuyang district will host shooting, archery and modern pentathlon. [Photo provided to China Daily]
The natatorium, which features a swimming pool and a diving pool, has a construction area of 53,959 square meters and can seat about 6,000 spectators.
Set above the main gymnasium and natatorium are 210 light tubes, which diffuse natural light indoors, according to Guo Jingyang, a PR officer for the Asian Games operating company.
After the Games, the main gymnasium will host large-scale events and performing arts activities, while the swimming area will be open to the public and as a training venue for athletes.
Meanwhile, the Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center in Fuyang district will host shooting, archery and modern pentathlon during the Games.
The design of the building, which comprises 34,000 louvers (angled slats), is inspired by the outline of the famous Chinese landscape painting Fuchun Mountain Residence.
The construction of Fuyang Yinhu Sports Center takes full advantage of being surrounded by mountains and water to create a Chinese garden-style effect.
Wu Xiao, the project leader of the construction department, said more than 34,000 rotating louvers are installed on the curtain walls to form a picture of Fuchun Mountains.
With a special design behind each louver, the picture of Fuchun Mountains presents an artistic impression of the Fuchun landscape with a 200-meter-long light belt on the ceiling of the museum when night falls.
After the Games, the Hangzhou Shooting Management Center will take over the main venue to host shooting sports training, competitions and exhibitions.
Fuyang district will host competitions such as rowing, canoeing, kayaking, shooting, archery, and modern pentathlon. A total of 77 gold medals will be up for grabs in Fuyang during the Games.
Fang Xiaoying in Hangzhou contributed to this story
2022 is the year of the Tiger. It is the year of the water tiger. Year of the tiger 2022 begins on the Chinese New Year.
The recent tiger years are … 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022… If you were born in one of the years, then your Chinese Zodiac sign is a tiger.
Tiger Years 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986…
The Chinese zodiac tiger years come every 12 years as a cycle.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. 2022 is the Year of the water tiger. Water tigers come every 60 years.
How to Get Lucky in 2022 for Tiger People
Tiger’s Lucky Numbers and Colors 2022
Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 3
Lucky Colors: blue, orange
Lucky Direction: east
Tiger’s Unlucky Things
Unlucky Numbers: 6,7,8
Unlucky Colors: gold, silver
Unlucky Direction: west
Chinese Zodiac Predictions in Year of the Tiger 2022
The Year of the Tiger is supposed to be a year of possibilities and prosperity. Entering Year of the Tiger 2022, every zodiac sign’s horoscope will change.
Tiger’s 2022 Predictions
Tiger’s Career in 2022: Tigers’ careers will move steadily upwards in 2022. They can expect to be promoted if they keep a proactive attitude at work. It’s not a good year for them to make a big career change. Any plans for job-hopping or adventure should wait until next year.
Tiger’s Finance in 2022:
This year the Tigers’ wealth mainly comes from their careers. So concentrating on their jobs and trying to make breakthroughs at work can be the best strategy. Business people should not be too aggressive or anxious to broaden their business scope. Any risky investment should be avoided.
Tiger’s Relationships in 2022:
Single Tigers will devote most of their energy to their careers. Finding the right partner this year may be difficult. Tigers are advised to pay attention to the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2022, it is a good time to meet the one.
Tiger’s Health in 2022:
Under the pressure of work, tigers will indulge in flights of fancy, affecting their sleep. It will help if they travel on trips with their families and listen to some light music. The major issue they need to pay attention to is transportation.
New Year’s Eve, which falls on the last day of the year according to the Chinese lunar calendar, has special meaning in the hearts of Chinese people.
On the most important day at the end of each lunar year, Chinese people leaving home will go back to their hometowns and reunite with their families. They will gather to enjoy a family reunion dinner on the New Year’s Eve and sit together to watch the annual Spring Festival Gala. They will spend a wonderful and warm night together and welcome the Chinese New Year.
New Year’s Eve, a day for family reunion, is also a great time to bid farewell to the passing year and cheer for the coming of a new one. On this day, every family pastes auspicious Spring Festival couplets and festive paper-cuts and New Year pictures, reflecting Chinese people’s simple customs and beliefs and expressing their hopes for the future.
Lucky Money in the Spring Festival is one of the traditional customs of Chinese New Year, and it is the biggest thing that children look forward to every year. It is full of care, respect and love among family members.
The lunar New Year’s Day is the beginning of a new lunar year which is the traditional Chinese New Year. In 2022, we welcome the Year of the Tiger.
To Pay a New Year Call (bainian), a China folk traditional custom, is a way for people to express good wishes to each other. As an important activity in the Spring Festival, people often go to their relatives and friends’ homes to send the New Year’s gifts and congratulate the New Year, or send New Year’s greetings through telephone, video and other forms.
The sound of firecrackers and fireworks on the morning of the Spring Festival heralds a prosperous new year. Everywhere is full of festive and joyful atmosphere, showing the good blessing of Chinese people.
1. Mistakes in the visa application form When applying for a visa, the application form is the most important document because it is the basis for the consular officer to decide whether to grant you a visa. Inaccurate information such as spelling mistakes, incorrect passport numbers or invalid addresses can cause your visa to be rejected.
2. Apply for the wrong visa category Well, this is one of the most common mistakes people make when filling out visa application forms. It is very important to select the appropriate visa category in the application form and submit the appropriate documents. Different visa categories have different requirements. Read carefully and understand clearly the scope of application of each visa, and then fill in the visa category. Submit appropriate documents by category. 3. The submitted photos do not meet the specifications Improper size, background color, texture of the photo paper, etc. will cause the photo to be unqualified.
4. Missing application documents
Before submitting your application, please carefully check the latest application requirements for your visa type and collect all the required documents. If any of these documents are missing, your application may be rejected. If you are not sure about the requirements of these documents, please feel free to contact me. We have professional visa consultants to answer any questions about your visa. 5. From a sensitive country
Applicants from countries where wars, terrorist attacks, political turmoil frequently occur, or countries whose nationality often overruns their visas, or countries with strained relations with China will increase the probability of visa rejection. 6. The applicant has a criminal record
Having a criminal record does not mean that all applications will be rejected. However, if the applicant commits a very serious crime, the possibility of refusal will greatly increase. A misdemeanor usually has no effect, especially when you are only applying for a tourist visa.
7. Poor past visa records
The applicant has overstayed his visa or was blacklisted in any country. 8. Applicant is in poor health
The applicant has some kind of infectious disease. In most cases, short-term visa applications such as tourist visas and business visas are not a big deal. However, for work visas or student visas, this may be a problem, even though Chinese law does not clearly stipulate it. 9. Engaging in sensitive occupations
Applicants working in religious or military industries may have a higher rate of visa refusal because these industries are considered sensitive by the Chinese government. 10. Insufficient capital reserves
Another reason for rejection is that the applicant does not meet the financial requirements, that is, you need to have enough funds to pay for your travel expenses, living expenses and accompanying family members during your stay in China.
In addition to the above reasons, there are various reasons for the unsuccessful visa application. The most important thing is to prove that you will abide by Chinese laws and be able to bear the costs of your planned trip to China. If you prove this through the documents and information you provide, your visa is likely to be approved.
The northern part of Hangzhou Metro Line 9 started operations on Sept 17.
The northern part stretches about 6.2 kilometers and is linked by four stations, namely Qiushan Avenue, Heyu Road, Wuzhou Road, and Long’an. The first train departs from Long’an Station at 6:02 am, with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour.
Operations of the new stations will greatly benefit residents living north of Linping Mountain. It will take only one hour to reach West Lake from Long’an Station, said Ge Guan’ao, a staff member of Long’an Station.
Passengers can also transfer to Metro Line 1 at Coach Center Station or transfer to the Hangzhou-Haining Inter-city Railway at Yuhang Railway Station, he added.
Civic Center Station on the intersection of Hangzhou Metro Lines 7 and 4 was also launched on the same day, giving passengers a shortcut to Hangzhou International Airport.
In addition, Hangzhou Metro has announced that all metro lines will run for another 30 minutes on Sept 18 and 21 to serve tourists from other cities. There will also be extra trains running on Sept 19 and 20 depending on the number of tourists in stations.
PU Letter and the way to go back to China in 2021.China’s immigration rules during the COVID-19 pandemic have been strictly enforced. A population of 1.4 billion, coupled with increased urbanization over the past twenty years have made the specter of mass transmission a real possibility, hence the protocols. Foreign travel to China has been discouraged at this time specifically to prevent the spread of any imported covid strains entering the country while the authorities race to develop new vaccines and build a safe social environment.
China Entry Visa Protocols During COVID-19
That said, they are available protocols to go through should foreign nationals need to visit China during the current China travel restrictions. A China travel ban effective from March 28. 2020 stated that:
“In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from midnight, 28 March 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards are also suspended. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, the Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, the 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, the Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and the Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries are also temporarily suspended. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected.”
There is a special visa application channel open for the invitee to deal with necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs. These require additional special visa application procedures, including the need for an invitation letter (PU, TE, or Invitation Verification Notice) issued by the Chinese government. Among the three type invitation letters, the PU letter is the one used for M-visa, Z-visa, or Q1/Q2-visa.
The PU Invitation Letter
The PU letter should be applied via a China based entity. The standard procedures are as follows:
The Chinese entity (company) must liaise with the Foreign Affairs Office of the district where company is registered for the PU letter application
The Foreign Affairs Office of the district will send a list of required documents to the company
The company prepares the required documents and submits these to the Foreign Affairs Office of the relevant district for a first round review
The Foreign Affairs District Office submits the application documents to the Foreign Affairs Office of the local Municipal Government (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing etc.) for PU letter approval
The Foreign Affairs Office of the Municipal Government issues the PU letter for the foreign invitation.
There are additional stipulations. The invitee should be an employee of the China-based company, and documentary proof, such as a copy of the existing China work permit, or the Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit for a new contract.
Alternatively, for the purpose of urgent business activities, the government will consider whether foreigners are eligible for entry if there are important projects to be implemented – typically including MNCs cooperating in China government projects.
Foreigners with Valid Residence Permits
On September 23, 2020, the MOFA released the Announcement on Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits of Three Categories, announcing that foreigners with valid residence permits for work, personal matters, and reunion, would be allowed to enter the country without needing to re-apply for new visas starting from 0 a.m., September 28, 2020.
Under the policy, if the above residence permits had expired – after March 28, 2020 – the holders could re-apply for relevant visas by presenting the expired residence permits and relevant materials to the Chinese embassies or consulates. But no invitation letter would be required. The re-application had to be on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remained unchanged.
This policy doesn’t apply to foreign nationals from the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, and South Africa, after several Chinese embassies released the Notice on the Temporary Suspension of Entry into China by Non-Chinese Nationals in the (Country) Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits in early November 2020.
First of all, let’s understand what is a Q1 visa and what is a Q2 visa
1. Objects of Family Reunion Visa (Q1 and Q2 Visas) Q1 visa: family members of Chinese citizens (spouse, parents, children, children’s spouses, siblings, grandparents, maternal grandparents, grandchildren, grandchildren, and parents of spouses) who apply for residence in China due to family reunion and have permanent residence in China Family members (spouses, parents, children, children’s spouses, brothers and sisters, grandparents, maternal grandparents, grandchildren, grandchildren, and parents of spouses) of foreigners with residence status, and those who apply for entry and residence due to foster care and other reasons. Q2 visa: a short-term entry (not more than 180 days) to visit relatives of Chinese citizens residing in China and relatives of foreigners with permanent residence in China.
2. Documents required to apply for Q1 and Q2 visas 1. Passport: The original passport with a valid period of more than 6 months and a blank visa page and a photocopy of the passport photo data page; 2. Visa application form and photos: 1 copy of 《Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China》 and 1 recent frontal passport photo without headgear and light background pasted on the application form; 3. Proof of legal stay or residence (applicable to those who are not applying for a visa in the country of nationality): If you are not applying for a visa in the country of your nationality, you need to provide a valid certificate of legal stay, residence, work, and study in the country where you live, or the original and photocopy of a valid visa Pieces 4. Original Chinese passport or original Chinese visa (applicable to those who once had Chinese nationality and later became a foreign national): If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you must provide the original Chinese passport and a copy of the passport photo data page; if you have been granted For a Chinese visa and applying for a visa with a newly-issued foreign passport, the photo data page of the original foreign passport and a copy of the previous Chinese visa must be provided (if the name recorded in the new passport is different from the original passport, the relevant official change must also be provided Proof of name).
3. Q1 and Q2 cannot replace each other So, here comes the point. Can a Q2 short-term visa be changed to a Q1 visa? The answer is no. Q2 is a short-term stay visa. No other documents are required after entry. The maximum stay period is 180 days, but you can apply to the local immigration authority for an extension within 7 days before the expiration date, as long as the reasons for the application are reasonable. However, it can be replaced with a reunite residence permit, but a notarized kinship certificate must be submitted when applying. The period of time from the date of issuance of the visa to the period after which the holder is allowed to enter the country, beyond this period, the visa is invalid. Generally, countries issue entry visas valid for 3 months, and some countries issue entry visas valid for 1 month.
Shanghai authorities have gradually started to issue PU letters to foreign family members (spouse and children under the age of 18), taking their necessity and urgency to visit China into consideration.
Family dependents(spouse and children) can thus join the PU letter application with the principal applicant. While the principal applicant is currently working or living in China, family members can lodge their applications separately.
Please provide relevant materials as required. Principal applicants need to provide proof of employment. Please confirm that all applicants already hold China – or WHO-approved vaccination certificates (except underage children).
1. How Long is PU Letter Valid?
2. What Visa Type Is This and How Long Will It Last?
Special business visa under Covid situation. Once in Shanghai, visa will be valid for 180 days.
3. Will Applicants’ Unexpired Work Visa and Residence Permit Still Be Valid？
Yes. And once expired, these can be extended automatically for your convenience.
4. Can the Applicant and Their Family Apply for the Visa Separately?
Yes. But this will need sponsorship from the company.
5. Can the Applicant or Their Family Choose to be Quarantined in Their Own Residency?
No. According to the current policy, all coming from abroad need to be in designated quarantine places for 14 days. Only under special circumstances like disability or pregnancy can overseas arrivals apply to stay in quarantine at home.
China Bars Education Training Centers from Raising Money & You Might be Affected By this New Policy – but it’s not too late to apply for a public school
China’s vast private education sector received a death blow as the country introduced sweeping measures, including barring curriculum-based tutoring institutions from raising money through stock market listings, in a bid to correct disorderly competition in the industry and ease the burden on Chinese students and their families.
Foreign capital is also not allowed to control or participate in the private education sector through methods such as mergers and acquisitions, entrusted operations, or franchise chains, said the document issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, the cabinet, on Saturday.
As capital rushed into the lucrative private education sector in China, the value orientation of some tutoring institutions shifted from “teaching” to “profit,” leaving students and their parents as tools for capital, Chu Zhaohui, a research fellow at the National Institute of Education Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday.
In 2020, the coronavirus forced Chinese children to study at home for some time, which brought huge popularity to online education. China’s education industry raised 116.4 billion yuan ($17.96 billion) as a result, according to consulting firm iResearch. Online education accounted for 89 percent of the financing.
Driven by capital, many tutoring institutions spent heavily on advertising and marketing, and some even invested or speculated financially with students’ tuition money. Some institutions provided loans to attract students, according to a Sunday article by the National Supervision Commission and the Cen¬tral Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC.
The concerns are not groundless. Statistics show that the number of after-school tutoring institutions for primary and secondary school students is almost the same as that of public schools in China, which may form a parallel educational system beside the national system, warned the article.
Wang Ying, the mother of a girl in the second grade in a Beijing primary school, spent 47,500 yuan a year on her daughter’s after-school courses including English, math, Chinese, badminton and Chinese classic dance. The tutoring fees accounted for 30 percent of the family’s total annual spending.
“Parents in China are in a panic. Everybody takes after-school courses and there is no solution to this issue,” Wang told the Global Times.
The China Association for Non-Government Education, together with more than 120 after-school tutoring institutions, issued a joint proposal on Saturday, saying they supported the central government’s decision and will put the policy into practice.
But there’s bound to be a huge impact on their businesses and shockwaves in the stock markets.
A staff member from Speiyou.com under NYSE-listed Chinese education company TAL Education Group told the Global Times on Sunday the company is cutting jobs, but its overall operations remain normal at present, including summer holiday training courses.
“Most employees of Tipaipai, a study tool under Speiyou.com, had already left and many staff in departments targeting very young students also quit,” said the person.
A Beijing-based staffer at online English training agency VIPKid told the Global Times on Sunday that the company has been laying off staff for several months and there’s “a rumor that the staff will be cut from the current level of nearly 5,000 to around 1,000.”
“Positioning tutoring companies as not-for-profit and possible price-fixing measures will have a significant adverse impact on the profitability of Longwen Edu,” the after-school tutoring institution targeting K-12 students, said on Sunday.
Shanghai-based Only Edu said its revenue from subject tutoring accounted for 55 percent of the total in the fiscal year of 2020. The overall operations of the company are stable, and the company has taken the initiative to respond to the latest call, it said on Sunday.
Reports that Chinese authorities planned to further tighten regulations on the private education industry caused the shares of TAL Education to fall 70 percent and New Oriental Education and Technology to drop 54 percent on the US market on Friday.
Market observers said that shares in the sector may suffer a devastating blow on Monday.
Although they bear a huge financial burden, Chinese parents reacted differently to the new policy. Some said they support the policy, as they hope their children could take a breather from the heavy daily load of homework.
But a Beijing-based mother of two children told the Global Times that demand isn’t going away. “I will still sign up for the courses for my children, because if they don’t take the courses, we will be left behind.”
Why Teach in Public Schools?
You might want to use the time to explore new skills through online training and network within China for opportunities you don’t find in your home country.
None of these things are possible in a training center, where you will be worked aggressively, with expected overtime and comparatively little vacation.
Public schools are different. Technically, you still have to work 20 – 40 hours. However, the way it works is that you teach a maximum of 20 hours, and often less than that (16 tends to be the average). The excess hours are considered “office hours” in which you do prep work, grading, etc. But “office hours” are often flexible things, some schools don’t care if you complete them, especially if you tell them you prefer to work from home using your home computer.
Even if you have to complete them because you have a strict boss, public school office hours are not the same as training center office hours. You do not have excess responsibilities. This is a great time to learn Chinese, for example.
Get Long, Half Paid Holidays —- Public schools also offer the public-school half paid semester breaks. That means, for every semester you work, you get about 2 months of paid vacation, sometimes more (depending on how the school handles scheduling). You also get all the other public holidays in China. These amount to about three weeks between a day off here, a day off there, a week off here, etc
Reasonable and Stable Salary
—- Even with all that, public schools still offer pretty reasonable salaries. You can expect between 14,000 – 36,000 RMB, depending on your experience, position and interview performance. Apart from that figure you also get all paid for housing, flight tickets and lots of other benefits and work perks. This is already higher than what many training centers with much higher workloads offer, plus it’s more stable.
Legal Working Visa —- One more thing about why this PARTICULAR public opportunity is great for new and transfered teachers. Public schools are run by a handful of big HR networks like CYI , which connect their hundreds of teachers in a big community. They’ll offer free ESL training and onboarding, free Chinese lessons, and free events. That way, you’ll never feel alone or isolated (an unfortunately common feeling for new teachers in China) because you’ll know hundreds of other teachers doing the same thing as you. And because they have tons of teachers they work with, they’re the most experienced hands in handling visa issues. (You’d be surprised how many employers in China do not know visa laws, regulations, and even basic procedures!)
Here is where China Youth International shines, we will provide full assistance with your visa application and ensure that all your papers are in order.
Why teaching in training centers (which are barred now) isn’t the best choice after all?
1) Possible legal troubles
Training centers around the world tend to have a reputation for dabbling in the “gray area” of legality. Specifically in China, there are many cases of training centers not acquiring the appropriate work visa for their foreign teachers. Do your research about visa requirements yourself, and look into the company before you sign a contract with them. A traditional public school offers better and safer path to obtaing the legal documents, because they mostly likely have a closer connection with local government, and are usually more cautious. China Youth International ( CYI ) provide a team of visa experts to help you with all your paper work and visa, so you can stay worry free and focus on other things.
2) Difficulty in meeting other friends
Yes, you’ll definitely be able to build friendships within the training center community. But if you’ve already lived in the country or you have lots of friends who don’t work in training centers, it’s probably going to be difficult to see them due to the difference in your schedules. Don’t under-estimate this difference. Especially in bigger cities, people will just want to hang out on nights and weekends, and that’s when you’ll be working.
3) Lack of professionalism
Of course, not all training center are the same. But unless you’re working in a huge company, there could be a huge lack of professionalism. There are literally thousands of different English training center companies out there, and many of them are small or start-up companies. This could lead to a lack of communication and professionalism, especially when you add in cultural differences and complicated visa policies.
4) You could get bored
You’ll teach the same lessons again and again. This has its pros, but also its cons. You could grow bored of going through the same lessons hundreds of times. If you’re considering an ESL career longer than a year or two, you might want to move on to a traditional public school after a while. And again CYI can help you to smoothly transfer to a public school
5) Your teaching skills might not improve in the long run
When you teach the same lesson enough times, you’ll go into autopilot. Once you’ve got a lesson plan down, you won’t feel the need for further improvements. That could affect you the next time you are looking for a job. If you’re serious about an ESL career, a traditional school would help you hone your skills and expose you to a variety of classroom experiences
6) Little career advancement
As a foreign teacher, you’ll probably not be able to move up the career ladder. Expect to forever be a foreign teacher. Again, if you’re not interested in an ESL career, that’s probably fine for you! But don’t expect to be able to level-up your career the same way you would in a traditional public school in China.
7) Money >> Education
Don’t be fooled. Most training centers are not in it for education. It is a business. Most training centers will make decisions based on how they could get more students or earn more tuition instead of making decisions that would help improve student and teacher experience. This could result in finance instability and unlike public schools where your salary is stable and your rights as a teacher are protected.
For some people, training centers are the perfect opportunity for teaching overseas. For others, they’re looking for a different path.Unfortunately with China barring training centers now, this will hugely affect lots of teachers resulting them in losing their jobs and source of income. We are here to help you every step of the way, choosing your school, subject you want to teach, city you want to be relocated to, flight tickets, housing, health insurance and paid holidays. Our visa experts team will help you with the whole process. And as we are one of a very few companies in China that directly partner with schools and apply for visas. We are not an agency that works in the middle, we hire teachers and stay with them their whole contract period and we also have a wonderful community of teachers, after all we have been helping teachers to work in China for over 20 years now.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the most essential part of entry and exit is more complicated than just remembering to have your valid ID and visa. Complying with the different laws and regulations of different countries and regions is now a key factor to consider, in order to prevent the spread of pandemic.
Who can enter China at present?
2.Foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and family reunion purposes.
3.Foreign nationals holding a visa for emergency humanitarian needs.
If the residence permit held by a foreign national expired after 0:00 on March 28th 2020, the holder may apply for relevant visa(s) by presenting the expired residence permit and relevant materials to Chinese embassies or consulates, on the condition that the purpose of the holders’ visit to China remains unchanged.
Holders of a visa alone (issued before 0:00 March 26th 2020), or of valid residence permits for purposes other than work, private issues or family reunion are excluded.
Here is the link to guidance samples for different versions of the permitted residence permits:
However, with the rapid development of vaccine and wider vaccination, from 15th March 2021 most Chinses Embassies and Consulates would provide the following conveniences for visa applicants who have been inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine produced in China and obtained the vaccination certificate.
Foreign nationals permitted to enter China as mentioned above must strictly abide by China’s regulations on pandemic prevention and control.
What is the current quarantine policy
for entering China?
There is a strict isolated quarantine and medical observation period of 14 days, 7 days of community health testing, 4 nucleic acid tests on the 1st, 7th, 14th and 21st day after your entry.
Select Foreign Country Entry Policy
the United States
Students with valid F-1 and M-1 visas intending to begin or continue an academic program commencing August 1st 2021 or later do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual NIE to travel. They may enter the United States directly no earlier than 30 days before the start of their academic studies, which means they don’t need to transfer in a third country.
For entry, you need to present your negative report of COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within 72 hours before your departure.
You may qualify for certain exemptions to quarantine and testing requirements from July 5th 2021 23:59 if you:
1/ are eligible to enter Canada ;
2/ are asymptomatic;
3/ meet the Government of Canada requirements for fully vaccinated travelers ;
4/ meet all other entry requirements, including entering your information in the ArriveCAN system before arrival.
Those who meet the requirements may be exempt from:
2/ hotel stopover (for air travelers)
3/ day-8 testing requirement
Travel restrictions on who can enter Canada remain in place.
Foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) coming to Canada for non-essential purposes will be turned away at the border.
At present, South Korea’s business visa, family visit visa, and all types of study Visa are available for entry. But tourist visas are not valid yet.
For entry, you need to present the below documents:
1/ your negative report of COVID-19 nucleic acid test issued within 72 hours before your departure;
2/ valid passport and related visa;
From July 1st 2021, those people who have been fully vaccinated with the vaccine approved by the WHO can be exempted from quarantine inspection for the purpose of visiting their immediate family members or for business, academic or public welfare purposes when they enter South Korea.
As the pandemic is evolving constantly, the relevant policies of each country should be based on the latest one issued by the local authorities.
You may be subject to pandemic inspections and testing on all legs of the journey to your destination. Please keep wearing your mask and any other protective gear, abide by the protocols of relevant local authorities.
If you have the symptoms like fever or coughing, please follow local authorities’ arrangements strictly.
Foreigners who work in China must legally apply for work permits and work-residence permits. If foreigners work illegally in China, both enterprises and foreign employees will face administrative penalties. Foreigners with work visas can also apply for visas for their families to come to China and buy social insurance, etc. Within the validity period of the visa, they can go back and forth to China for many times without re-applying for other visas.
However, there are many factors that determine whether a foreigner can successfully apply for a work visa. Today, we will share with you the important factors that affect the application of a work visa.
The scale of the enterprise’s office space, the existence of the office space, the office space is consistent with the registered address of the industry and commerce (related to the violation of entry and exit laws, once found, the visa will be refused or cancelled immediately).
The amount of registered capital, the number of employees, the social security records of employees purchased by the enterprise, and the list of staff.
The labor contract signed between the enterprise and foreign employees, including the applied position, work content, salary limit and individual income tax payment, should be checked by the enterprise during the process of entry and exit for the work visa. If it is found that the applicant’s actual job position and work content are not consistent with the labor contract, the visa will be refused and the enterprise will be fined.
Does the foreigner have a bachelor’s degree or above?
Does the foreigner have at least 2 years relevant working experience?
Whether the foreigner applies for the position is closely related to his previous work experience and major of the school.
Whether the foreigner has any illegal records in China, such as criminal or civil cases, overstaying, or failing to register for temporary accommodation in China for a long time.
Do foreigners hold relevant qualifications for special professions (language teachers, doctors, lawyers, athletes, etc.)?
Whether the foreigner provides the proof of complete education, no crime and previous work experience and certification documents.
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As we all know, the two most important factors affecting the application are education background and relevant work experience. Then which foreigners do not need to provide two years of work experience to apply for a work visa in China?
Due to the large market demand for foreign teachers, the Foreign Special Administration Bureau for cultural and educational English teacher position requirements are also relaxed, foreign talents in addition to the need from English-speaking countries, but also need to submit English related qualification certificates (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA and other certificates) plus undergraduate diploma can be English teacher position application sign.
In January 2017, the Chinese government introduced new laws to make it easier for certain groups of people to find professional jobs in other industries in China. Here’s the official statement from the government:
“In order to implement the Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Personnel Development System and Mechanism (Zhongfa  No. 9), it is planned to allow some outstanding foreign college graduates without working experience (personnel scope: Foreign students who have obtained master’s degrees or above from universities in China and graduated within one year, and foreign graduates who have obtained master’s degrees or above from well-known universities overseas and graduated within one year) are employed in China.
This means that any new graduate who has completed a master’s degree program from a Chinese university is eligible to seek a job in the Chinese job market. The policy also extends to top universities around the world. To some extent, the higher the ranking in the world, the more successful the visa application, but this is just an entry level.
As outstanding fresh graduates, the policy should meet the requirements of college diploma while the following points:
1.Applicants need to apply for a job within one year of graduation (overtime will expire).
2.The job must be related to the major (some cities may according to the actual situation)
3.Quality enterprise scale (medium and large enterprises are preferred)
4.Graduation score is higher than 80 points (excellent graduation)
The requirements to teach English in China in 2021 are quite straightforward. Except when they aren’t. The eligibility criteria to get employed as a foreign teacher usually cause some confusion, especially as there are some exceptions to the rule. That’s why we are here, we will go with you every step of the way while ensuring that everything is done to the utmost perfection and efficiency. Apply here to find out if you qualify
The key requirement to teach English in China in 2021?
⭐️ A VALID WORKING VISA! ⭐️
The primary requirement to teach in China is having a valid Z-Visa in your passport. This is the only type of visa that allows you to work in the country, legally. This means that the requirements of the visa dictate those to teach English in China. In this sense, being allowed to teach in China is actually deceptively simple. If you can get a Z Visa, then you can teach. Easy!
Citizens from the following countries qualify as ESL teachers and Z visa
British Antarctica territory
British Indian Ocean territory
The Falklands (i.e. the malvinas islands )
Guyana (formerly known as British Guiana)
The isle of man (British Irish sea territory)
Cyprus’s ROM tilly and DE kelly
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Saint Helena (Tristan da cunha archipelago)
The United States
The United States virgin islands
Antigua and Barbuda
Pakistan Barbados Island
British virgin islands
British cayman islands
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Please note that most countries above only apply to those interested in ESL position with some exceptions. Please contact us for more info.
Eligibility Requirements to Teach English in China
To get a Z visa, you must satisfy certain criteria – from nationality and age to qualifications and a few other pivotal bits and bobs. It’s important to know that there are several exceptions to many of the below detailed rules. For clarity and ease of info-sharing, we’ll detail all those at the end of the article.
Here are the primary Z Visa requirements:
1. Your Nationality
You must be from one of the approved countries above
2. You must hold a Bachelor’s Degree
China has also decided it wants a certain foreign teacher to work there – one with a Bachelor’s Degree. The significant news is, however, that the degree can be in any subject. It does not need to be teaching or English specific at all. Got a Bachelor Degree in Making Animals out of Inflatable Balloons? If the degree is legit in your country, then you can teach English in China!
3. It’s a plus to have recognised and accredited TEFL certification – Teach English as a Foreign Language
TEFL – Teach English as a Foreign Language
TESOL – Teach English to Speakers of a Second Language
CELTA – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (we guess TESOL was too hard to pronounce!) Now, they may all seem similar, but there are a couple of important differences.
The first two are very similar and, as far as requirements to teach English in China in 2021 goes, It would be a plus to have a 120-hour certificate.
This means you complete the course over 120 class hours. TEFL courses allow you to teach English to non-native speakers abroad, and this is precisely what you need if you wish to teach in China. TEFL jobs are in foreign countries.
A TESOL certificate allows you to teach English abroad but also to foreigners in your own home country (say, to brand new immigrants). Yes, you can apply for a Z Visa with a TESOL certificate too. The CELTA certificate is offered by Cambridge University (UK). This is a thorough course, which includes plenty of theory and practice. Cambridge customises CELTA for teaching adults, primarily, so it’s not nearly as popular with those who want to teach English abroad.
4. You must have a CLEAR Criminal Background Check from your home country
To apply for a Z Visa, you must present a Criminal Record (also called a Police Check) that shows you have no priors.
And don’t forget that once you have all your documents, you will need to have them authenticated for the visa application.
Remember how we said that everyone’s story is different? Well, it’s true: what if you are not originally from one of the approved countries above but you studied and gained your Bachelor Degree from one of the approved countries? Apply to find out if you are exempt
Feel free to send in your application and find out if you qualify.
This article is a combination from different sources and we made sure that the list of countries is updated and verified by official sources. If you have questions in regard to this article, please send us an email.