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Q: My work permit has a different freaking face! HELP!

So my training school had given back my work permit after some months of waiting from their "agent", and oh wow, it has a different photo!

 

All infos are correct except my freaking photo! It's not me! My training school said it's not their fault nor their agency since they submitted it correctly and they can't pay again for me to re-apply coz it's way too expensive for them (work permit is worth RMB20,000, is this correct?). The police must've scrambled the photos. Any advice?

1 year 46 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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Hi everyone. I honestly don't know what to do. Turns out they're illegal and I'm not 100% legit (I know this since day 1) - not from a western country, nor having a TEFL certification, though I am fairly confident of having extensive English training from different schools with legit referrals. I know the caveats of all these, but having played around isn't my biggest concern until now. It's such a burden having all the troubles submitting the correct documents from previous employer to another, getting late wages, no reimbursement from my travel expenses as stated on our contracts and at the end of the day, this is what I get - a work permit with a different photo! I mean, I could go to jail for this compared to at least having an incorrect name spelling. I didn't know I should be there in person verifying my work permit with the local labor bureau. I haven't been there since my first employer down to 3rd, though I've been in the local police hq's getting my rp. This is a lesson for me. This training school I'm currently in always has an agent. I can't go to SAFEA, I can't go to PSB - I don't know where else to go. My consulate? This training school just don't want to help. Stiggs' old Chinese line is right.

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Dial SAFEA and ask them for an advice. It might be not big deal in China, buTT ...

 

SAFEA (Foreign Expert Bureau) approved your WP, so they might suggest what you should do.

 

Stick 'SAFEA' in search above for the thread where provincial SAFEA's address and phone numbers are listed.

By dialling provincial HQ, you will most likely encounter English speaking Chinese agent.

 

Good luck!

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The only thing I can think of is to tell your school that you can't use the wp as it is and if they aren't going to fix it you'll be forced to go to the PSB yourself to explain the situation and the school will be needing to deal with them one way or the other.

 

I don't know what it costs these days... 20k seems steep but if they're using some agent then there's a good chance the school isn't 100 percent legit and they'd rather handle it themselves than have you show up there drawing attention to them.

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Has anyone done the "don't worry we all look alike anyway " joke?

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Just walk into a PSB office and show them the card and tell them this needs to be fixed, heads will roll and chances are since the school has made a government agency look bad to a foreigner (loss of face) , the Psb might find you a better place to work. Since you are supposed to be present for the photo, somebody has caused an embarrassment to the agency. Screw the school, screw the agency, fraud on an ID in China could get you jail or deportation, voluntarily walking in it's much better then being caught, China believes everyone is a good person, confess and all is well, Evil does not exist here, some people are just temporarily crazy and commit crimes.

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Did you consider plastic  surgery?

 

You could ask surgeon to mimic your new photo ... and give expenses bill to the School for refund.

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Hi everyone. I honestly don't know what to do. Turns out they're illegal and I'm not 100% legit (I know this since day 1) - not from a western country, nor having a TEFL certification, though I am fairly confident of having extensive English training from different schools with legit referrals. I know the caveats of all these, but having played around isn't my biggest concern until now. It's such a burden having all the troubles submitting the correct documents from previous employer to another, getting late wages, no reimbursement from my travel expenses as stated on our contracts and at the end of the day, this is what I get - a work permit with a different photo! I mean, I could go to jail for this compared to at least having an incorrect name spelling. I didn't know I should be there in person verifying my work permit with the local labor bureau. I haven't been there since my first employer down to 3rd, though I've been in the local police hq's getting my rp. This is a lesson for me. This training school I'm currently in always has an agent. I can't go to SAFEA, I can't go to PSB - I don't know where else to go. My consulate? This training school just don't want to help. Stiggs' old Chinese line is right.

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icnif77: Are they going to give me my release paper while under contract? As far as I know, they're having financial difficulty so hiring a new teacher to replace me wouldn't be an option for them. Or is it fine to ask for help from my new employer should there be any problem releasing me? My current training school is kinda sketchy anyway and is operating illegally. 

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