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Q: english language consultant

I've been offered a job as an "English language translation consultant," (translating Chinglish to English) for a small, local Art gallery. Would a bBusiness visa be appropriate, or should I go for a Work Visa? I'm not completely sure what the difference is, to be honest. If a business visa, what all documents do I need to submit, and can I stay in my city to do it or do i need to go to HK/USA?

6 years 5 days ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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You would need a work visa. A business visa is for foreigners to come to china for meetings and trade shows ect not for earning money here. To do that you would need a work visa. Its possible but from your description it soinds doubtful that you would be granted one.

One the company would need capital for between half a million to a million plus to sponser a foreigner

You would need need to show its a job that locals cannot do which is why youve never seen a foreigner working at mickey D,s. Unless you have the proper qualifications to be a full on translator it can be hard to get.

Im guessing to much hassle for your company to go through. Plus you would need to go back to the states.

You could just work on a business visa thousands upon thousands do here. Just know its illegal so be prepared for feeling insecure most of the time. Afraid any time you see a cop around and endless visa runs and hassles until one day the government takes a look and sees that you have extended your visa a tonne without spending any time back home where you will then be denied.

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You can look at HK Chinese Embassy website for different visa requirements:

 

http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/zgqz/qzlb/

Business visa is easier to get. For Z visa, your Co. must be authorised to hire foreigners, so whole process can be more demanding!

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Nothing less than a Z visa if you want to WORK in China. I assume you already have your Z visa when you were teaching? With that, you can get your company to apply the RP for you. And you will need an Alien Working Permit. This is different from FEC.  You may have to do your medical all over again.

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To be honest, this sounds like the sort of job you could do online. I can't see why you would need to go to the gallery. Or at least not often enough for you to be considered as working there.

 

Also, if it's a small gallery I can't see this being a long term job.

 

It has always amazed me that provincial Governments don't have foreigners in doing this job anyway.  It is rather far fetched, but I wonder if you could talk yourself into such a position within Government. Maybe your friend with the Gallery could talk to local Government owned museums ?

 

 

 

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