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Q: Changing job positions in short time. Cancellation of Work Permit to New Residence Permit.

 

My Residence Permit is set to expire January 14th. I have been hired for another teaching position which I want to accept.

 

The problem is that the job I have now (which I do not like) has me working until basically the end of January. It would be difficult to finish before this time.

 

My (hopefully limited) understanding is that the present employer has to offer a Letter if Release and a Cancellation of my Work Permit before the Foreign Expert Bureau will look at my application, and this will take longer than the time I have left. But I cannot get the cancellation of Work Permit until I finished my duties. I don’t see what the Foreign Expert Bureau just process my materials with a cancellation stating I will be finished at a certain date instead of having to wait for the date itself.

 

I had sort of a similar situation last year, where  as soon as the Foreign Expert Bureau approves of the application, the new school gets a receipt saying that it has been approved, then I get my new Residence Permit. So basically I get my Residence Permit while the Work Permit is being processed.

 

Any advice or has anyone gone through this? I am tired of the stress but I have a wife and a life here.

 

Thank you.

 

2 weeks 1 day ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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You can't work past the expiration date on your visa, so your employer will have to either renew your visa, or terminate you (with a release letter) on or before the 14th. Don't let them jerk you around on this issue. I know one teacher who was promised repeatedly by his school they would get a new visa, right up to the day his expired. Then they said "Sorry, no."

 

If you have another job lined up, your visa office should be willing issue you a new short-term visa so you can finish the papaerwork / work permit application process with the new employer... after which you wich you will get yet another visa valid through the term of your new contract..Talk to the visa office well before your current visa expires.

 

If there is a problem getting this done a much less appealing alternative is to switch to a spouse visa. That will let you stay here, but will then force you to go back to your home country to apply for a new z visa (when I did this I was allowed to get the new z visa in HK, but I don't think that is an option now). Again, the visa office can help you.

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You can't work past the expiration date on your visa, so your employer will have to either renew your visa, or terminate you (with a release letter) on or before the 14th. Don't let them jerk you around on this issue. I know one teacher who was promised repeatedly by his school they would get a new visa, right up to the day his expired. Then they said "Sorry, no."

 

If you have another job lined up, your visa office should be willing issue you a new short-term visa so you can finish the papaerwork / work permit application process with the new employer... after which you wich you will get yet another visa valid through the term of your new contract..Talk to the visa office well before your current visa expires.

 

If there is a problem getting this done a much less appealing alternative is to switch to a spouse visa. That will let you stay here, but will then force you to go back to your home country to apply for a new z visa (when I did this I was allowed to get the new z visa in HK, but I don't think that is an option now). Again, the visa office can help you.

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The problem is I have to work until the first week of January. I am trying to get it set up so I can finish my classes earlier, but maybe not. So I am sort of stuck in this situation. Can I get my Release Letter and then finish my work as scheduled? I don't know how many of you get to finish a contract one month before expiration of your Residence Permit.

 

The new employer wants all the paperwork by December 13th, but I won't be finished by this time. But again from recent experience, the Foreign Expert Bureau takes three weeks, and will give me a receipt after initial approval and I can get the Residence Permit while the Foreign Expert Bureau finishes the paperwork. This can be in a week after application. 

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The issue is getting the cancellation letter which I cannot get until I finish my work, which won't be until about the first week in January which doesn't give me enough time to go to another employer. This is the issue at hand.  Getting the required documents isn't the problem, time is the problem.

 

I may be able to stay with this current employer but I hate living and working there, and I don't know how well of a relationship I have there. I want out and it's a pain in the ass to get out.

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Is it possible to extend the Residence Permit to take care of getting the required paperwork done?

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Hello.

The FAO will start my work permit cancellation around December 13 (I wish she would do it now or next week, since my job itself will finish around the week of Christmas) but the cancellation probably won’t come back until around December 27th. She won’t do it until the 13th because my Residence Permit expires the following month on that day.

I would like to know if I can get a short Residence Permit extension does my new employer can get the paperwork finished.

What gives me some hope is that last year it was around the same timetable. I didn’t get my cancellation back until the 30th of May, my RP expires June 14th but about a week later got the approval from the Foreign Expert Bureau and applied for the Residence Permit.

But this new employer wants my paperwork ready to go by December 13th.

Not to mention the FAO lady is not the friendliest person or the easiest to talk to, and she has her timetable and if I ask her to do it earlier will get mad at me. So I am stuck with this.

I have heard of a “Humanitarian” or “Stay Visa”, and want to know if there is such a thing and would this work for me.

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Would I really need to wait until a month before my Residence Permit expires to cancel my Work Permit? The cancellation seems to take a long time.

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