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Q: Applying for Z visa as a South African if employer doesn't know how.

I started working at a new kindergarten in Hangzhou part time. I want to be full time. Because I'm on a student visa and want to apply for a Z visa. But my employers aren't very resourceful/ the foreign department has new staff and they aren't very helpful.So I want to know if I can apply for the Visa myself if I get the paperwork from the school (which by I'll ask them if i know what i must ask for) to go and apply for the Z visa. I have done my Degree and TEFL 120 in class and I have a years part time teaching in China. Should i ask for reference letters and should I go back home. Every website says something different.

1 week 5 days ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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If the school don't supply the appropriate documents to you that they should for you to apply for a 'Z' visa, such as an official letter of invitation, chances are they can not legally hire a foreigner and are BSing you.

Unless things have changed you can not turn up at the Chinese embassy in your home country and be issued with a 'Z' without this invitation letter.

 

the school having 'new staff' is BS.

if they are not helping you there is a reason, and it is not good for you.

it is not up to you to do the work they should be doing unless they can't hire you legally and are just trying to get you over as an illegal worker.

 

if this school drags their feet for another week about getting this letter to you, drop them and look for another employer - one that will hire you legally.

 

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The most important is 'your employer must be authorised for foreign hire' by the Gov., because if they aren't you can work for them only as part-time till you don't find an employer entitled to sponsor Z visa.

'Authorisation for foreign hire' is small cert. issued by SAFEA (I think) and it's in yellow-ish color.

You will be most likely required to return to SA and apply for Z at Chinese Embassy. At least that was a policy especially at 1st Z.

You cannot apply for Z by yourself. You need sponsor who will issue Invitation letter, which you must present in Chinese Embassy beside Working permit.

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If the school don't supply the appropriate documents to you that they should for you to apply for a 'Z' visa, such as an official letter of invitation, chances are they can not legally hire a foreigner and are BSing you.

Unless things have changed you can not turn up at the Chinese embassy in your home country and be issued with a 'Z' without this invitation letter.

 

the school having 'new staff' is BS.

if they are not helping you there is a reason, and it is not good for you.

it is not up to you to do the work they should be doing unless they can't hire you legally and are just trying to get you over as an illegal worker.

 

if this school drags their feet for another week about getting this letter to you, drop them and look for another employer - one that will hire you legally.

 

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Use the search bar above for ABC work permit. The info is there about requirements for getting a WP, and hence a Z. It's all about getting the government invite letter.

You will 98% probababilty have to go to your home country to get your Z visa.

Lots of info on' Redditt china visa too'. More current than the info here.

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Mr OP,  getting ABC here these days reminds me of Sisyphus's tribulations.  I can only imagine what a non-native speaker from Africa working for a dodgy employer must go through trying to acquire first Z.  Good luck bro.  It's gonna be one tough slog...  

 

free tip:  if employer isn't handling it, then you basically don't have a chance.  As I, and others, have said on here many times, it's not something* you do, it's something the employer does.   

*getting all the legal employment paperwork sorted

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