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Q: Is the 2 year work experience rule to obtain a work visa necessary for all industries and sectors?

I've heard that to get a Chinese work visa you have to have 2 years experience. But is this true for all sectors such as teaching too? Is there any way around this?

8 years 26 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I am quite sure that you do need to have two years of overseas work experience to be eligible for a Chinese work visa. Also you should notice that it is two years of work experience AFTER bachelor graduation.
If you happen to not have a bachelors degree, as far as i understand, you cannot have a work visa no matter what. I have tried to do some research on my own, but it is very hard to get information from official sources this being China.

I have through a Visa agent found out that they can somehow get around the 2 years of work experience abroad rule, but there still need to have passed around 2 years from your bachelor graduation till the date you apply for your work visa.

I guess many people without a bachelor just get around with business visit F visas and then work without a contract.

hope it was useful!

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8 years 26 weeks ago
 
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I see nothing to indicate you have to have 2 years of experience.  The SAFEA site states you "should", but it doesn't say you "have to" or that you "must".  I got 1 Z visa, 2 residence permits, and a foreign expert certificate without needing 2 years experience.  I have also worked with other teachers who came straight out of college and obtained a Z visa.  If someone has information to prove we need 2 years experience, please provide it.

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7 years 6 weeks ago
 
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Technically, for a "Foreign Experts Certificate" you should have a degree & 2 years worth of work experience.  This is about the same rules as everywhere else if you want to work in another country.  Otherwise, why should they hire you if you don't have any experience or education?  What would set you above any local that applies for the job?

 

However... This being China and all, the rules rarely apply.  I know lots of teachers here without experience or a degree.  The schools they work for simply made a diploma for them and even made a fake resume for them.  Sure, for the first year or two they didn't make a lot of money, but after that, they were accepted anywhere a real teacher would be.

 

If you want a fake degree, there are lots of places on the internet that will sell you one for a modest price.  Combine that with a fake resume and you are on your way to being another soldier in the English teacher army.

 

(The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not condoned or endorsed by the author.)

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7 years 6 weeks ago
 
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First, ExPt John is totally correct.  The two year work experience rule has been in the books for a long time, but it was not enforced.  When the crackdown began, they started enforcing it. 

And I also concur with John in that I am not here to tell you how to break the rules and regulations, but do not be so naive, please.  I have seen cases where people proved their two years with a couple of fake business cards.  Cost them less than 50 yuan.  accompany them with a resume not too specific, and you will get the visa as a result of getting the FEC.

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Laws in China are made on a national level and then applied on a provincial level, sometimes with serious degrees of variance in application.

 

As someone has pointed out, the larger cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, have been applying the letter of the law, so to speak, rather stringently since the crackdown began early this summer.  In the hinterlands, however, the story is quite different.

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I have a work visa without 2 years related work experience and without a college degree. As with anything in China if you pay enough money you'll get what you need.

 

My current work visa was done through my last employer so I'm not quite sure how they did it (probably paid more money) but they got me a proper work Visa even though I don't have a degree.

 

I'm not surprised to see others comments about a fake degree or business card etc etc etc. I mean really would the government spend the time effort to really find out if a degree was real or not? In the neighborhood I live in I see flyers all the time for fake invoices, receipts, ID's etc etc. These flyers are all over the place and the police don't seem to care one bit about it. I always find it interesting in China to see how rules are enforced or lack there of.

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This law was applied on the 1st of January 2012, so whoever has experience previous should be aware that it has changed before replied.

My colleague couldn't get his work visa in Suzhou because of that, so he had to stay in our home country.

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Does the 2 years of experience have to be overseas (as in not in China)?

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