As you know a visa is required to stay in China. To legally work in China you must have a working visa and to get this visa you need an expert certificate that needs to be sponsored by an employer.  

Usually this process takes about 15 to 30 days to complete. But because of the G20 summit everything has changed. Now, not only do you have to provide the original copy of your degree you also have to provide a non-criminal certificate that proves you are not a criminal in your country. If you do not have these certificates you will not be allowed to work in China.  This process now takes 30 to 45 days and it doesn’t matter how long you have lived in China, it’s mandatory. 

So, good points, they are check teachers for a better quality education for their students. Bad point, it’s harder and harder to find qualified teachers. 

Schools are stuggling with these new rules, since many foreigners need to return home to get the newly required documents and then decide not to return.  

Good point, real teachers are able to make a difference in these students lives and not be hired just on appearance. Bad point, teachers are asking for higher salaries because of the extra hassles and many schools can’t afford to pay these teachers higher rates, therefore the students that need the help most won’t have it available to them. 

I may decide to switch to a spouse visa. No China doesn’t really have a green card system and when you are on a spouse visa you are not allowed to work for any company. So I would have to only do business and depend on my husband for financial support. (Not something I am used to). 

But it beats what happens if you violate the working visa law. Your punishments range from jail time, fines to banned from China for 10 yrs. (yeah, they aren’t playing) or all three. Depends on the mood of the judge and if your horescope is favorable that day. 

My current visa is valid until February next year. So, I am cool for now but lord knows what the laws will change too next year. 

China changes its immigration laws as often as I change my underwear so you never know what hoop we need to jump through next. Hopefully, things will calm down after this Summit. It just seems like the whole world is going crazy. 
Until next time…