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Q: Is it possible to find an employer after a student visa (X2) in Shanghai?

Hi everyone,

 

I'm living in Paris (France) and currently looking for a job in Shanghai, in digital marketing / communication. However, I do not speak Chinese fluently yet and I expect this to be a major issue when applying.

 

As Option A is to find a job there and be sponsored by an employer providing a Z-visa, my Option B is to study in Shanghai for 1 semester, then look for a job. I saw there were 2 types of student visa : X1 (long-term) and X2 (short term, lesser than 1 semester)

 

However, the private schools I'm interested in only seem to provide short term study programs with a X2 visa. I read many info and found before the visa expires (= at the end of my semester of study) I could look for an employer without having to leave the country.

 

Do you have any confirmation / info on how to go from an X2 visa to a Z without leaving the country? (I apologize if my question is not clear enough!)

 

Thank you for your reply!

 

 

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have you tried asking at the Chinese embassy in France?

yes you are correct, your lack of Chinese will mean that you won't interest employers.

you would be competing with thousands of others in a city that is VERY expensive on a salary that will be shamfully low.

If you were working for a foreign company, that at least pays a decent wage and provide accomodation, then i would say consider it, but otherwise, not a good idea if you are just a graduate with no experience.

I would not recommend studying in China as their 'qualifications'  are essentially worthless.

there are many more countries in the world that would provide better opportunities to live and develop a career, and where you would not be treated poorly (most Chinese employers will expolit you and screw you over as soon as look at you), contracts are not repesected.

Try another country.

 

good luck !

eliquaicoe1:

"their 'qualifications' are essentially worthless" ? Do some research on China Europe International Business School and check the Financial Times of London's ranking for EMBA and MBA in the last 7 years. :)

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eliquaicoe1

amazing, this is the first post you have made despite having created a profile in 2013.
where have you been for the last 10 years? 

Yes Blondie is correct.
outside of China the majority of 'degrees' are worthless as anyone who has worked in a Chinese university knows well.

 

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have you tried asking at the Chinese embassy in France?

yes you are correct, your lack of Chinese will mean that you won't interest employers.

you would be competing with thousands of others in a city that is VERY expensive on a salary that will be shamfully low.

If you were working for a foreign company, that at least pays a decent wage and provide accomodation, then i would say consider it, but otherwise, not a good idea if you are just a graduate with no experience.

I would not recommend studying in China as their 'qualifications'  are essentially worthless.

there are many more countries in the world that would provide better opportunities to live and develop a career, and where you would not be treated poorly (most Chinese employers will expolit you and screw you over as soon as look at you), contracts are not repesected.

Try another country.

 

good luck !

eliquaicoe1:

"their 'qualifications' are essentially worthless" ? Do some research on China Europe International Business School and check the Financial Times of London's ranking for EMBA and MBA in the last 7 years. :)

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eliquaicoe1

amazing, this is the first post you have made despite having created a profile in 2013.
where have you been for the last 10 years? 

Yes Blondie is correct.
outside of China the majority of 'degrees' are worthless as anyone who has worked in a Chinese university knows well.

 

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You will be required to exit China and return to your home country's Chinese Embassy to apply for Z (Working) visa.

 

I'd say, you don't stand a chance to apply for Z visa in Hong Kong's Wanchai, because it will be your first time, i.e. Chinese authorities have to get your personal details from your home country's authorities/police.

After 1st year of work in China, you might pick-up new Z visa in near-by Hong Kong.

 

I also never heard, change from X2 visa to Z is possible inside the country, i.e. without exiting China.

 

Nobody can give you an advice at applying for certain jobs. That is really a personal matter, which depends mostly on you.

 

Good luck!

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Thank you for your inputs!

 

I forgot to mention that I have 7 years of experience in digital com / marketing and trying to join my partner who just relocated in Shanghai.

 

The idea of studying Chinese for a semester would be to help improve my language skills (I recently obtained HSK3 which means 0 interest from the hiring companies at the moment) and then, consider finding a job while still being in China. Thus, my question!

 

With all the information on official websites, updated, published in 2017, not even updated anymore, I find it super hard to get the right information so I'm super scared of administrative procedures to follow just to obtain the visa ????

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The best approach is to have your partner in Shanghai to check with the local authority. Shanghai has implemented some policy to allow international students who study in Chinese university to work in certain area (Zhangjiang High-tech Zone) in Shanghai after graduation. You need to find out the details and see whether this policy applies to your situation.

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