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Q: Can a Family Visa be changed to a Work Visa without returning to my home country?

I am American and here living with my Chinese wife on 1 year residence permit, technically an L visa. I was offered work but need a 1 year Z visa for this. I was told I would need to return to America, visit a Chinese consolate, and take eight weeks to return with Z visa. Is this the reality? Sometimes in China the strict rule and the reality are not the same thing, for example there may be some loophole. I have heard some vague descriptions of a trip to Hong Kong and back for visa? Or another way? What's your advice?

7 years 43 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Beijing

 
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Do you mean a Chinese consulate?  I wonder what a Chinese "consolate" might be ... perhaps the opposite of a Chinese "inconsolate" from the Latin consolare.

In any case, this is going to depend upon the province in which you are located and the amount of relationship that your school has with the local PSB.  First, they will need to secure you a FEB and that is generally forthright process, provided of course that you have not been gainfully employed before in China as a teacher.

Then with the FEB and all of the other work authorization documents, depending upon the province and their relationships, they may or may not be able to do this.  I have seen it done even in provinces where it technically cannot be done but, shall we say, it required a great deal of effort.

If you are required to leave the country, then they will cause a Letter of Invitation to be issued on your behalf.  On the Letter of Invitation they can specify any number of countries where you may obtain this.  Hong Kong and Macau are not countries but they have their own special jurisdictional rules, as we know.  And yes, they could cause the Letter to be issued against the Chinese Visa Office(Drunk in either Hong Kong or Macau.  Thailand is also a possibility, a rather viable one.

As I said, it depends upon the province, the bureaucratic strength of your school, how much they really want you, etc., etc.

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it think it is not necessary going to US  , just go out  side china .. to any nearby country 

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I think they are very reasonable ........  the rules are the rules but when the rules don't apply very well ...........  bend them .......  an hour in Hong Kong at the worst .........to get a different date stamp on the passport......  I believe, if you are  legitimately trying to do something reasonable, you will have no problem convincing the authorities to allow you to do it.

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Just go to Hong Kong. You can solve your problem there.

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Just go to Hong Kong for 2 days. The when you are back, the company that you will be working at should give you an employee license. Only requirement : 2 years full time experience.

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