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Yeah, it's definitely not an F Visa. However, new regulations have been implemented as of December 2015. Now, the Foreign Expert Bureau will begin to require authentications by the Chinese embassy or consulate of degrees and TEFL/TESOL. These are a pain in the ass because they must be done in the embassy of the country in which your degree was issued. It also applies to all teachers currently in China, as well as those who wish to be issued a Z Visa in the future. Furthermore, in order to teach English, you will need to be a passport holder of a country in which English is one of the national languages... I'm surprised I have not seen an article on this website about the new rules yet. This will really affect all foreigners currently in China and those who wish to come here.
Jan 20, 2016 11:07 Report Abuse
I did not know about these new rules but wow, I am so happy to hear that there will actually be stricter control on English teachers. No offense to all the good teachers out there, I just have come across way too many foreigners with bad English that supposedly are English teachers. In reality, they want a Chinese visa, decent pay, and minimal work hours. I am a foreigner myself, although not a teacher. These new rules will give much more credibility to all the good teachers out there who get their reputation poisoned by freeloaders.
Jan 20, 2016 21:47 Report Abuse
The rules will easily be bypassed by employers using their guanxi to hire whoever they want, this is China after all. Also there is a good reason why certified teachers avoid China and rather go to Japan, Korea or Vietnam, Chinese employers are infamous for treating foreign teachers like disposable commodities, while in fact we all know the truth is that the demand for foreign teachers in China far outweigh the supply. If China wishes to attract certified and experienced English teachers, it needs to enforce rules, starting with the contracts under which those teachers come to work here. Finally the pay rate in China is ridiculous, I see offers starting at 4000 per month these days, no serious teacher will work for that money, when the base salary in neighboring countries is equivalent to 20kRMB per month, you get what you pay for. All that will happen if China enforces one side of the rules is 90% of the domestic ESL industry collapsing after schools and centers whose business revolves around foreign faces can't find any foreign teacher, this will also put many local Chinese unemployed, not good for harmony.
Jan 24, 2016 23:18 Report Abuse