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Q: School is asking my co-teacher 18k for his release paper (non-native)

Hi. Anyone knows how to deal with this trick? He's been working in our new school for 3 weeks now. Here's the story:


if I remember correctly, this happened last July or August when authorities volted into his previous school looking for non-native English teachers. He wasn't there. Unfortunately, his previous school won't take him back to avoid troubles. They say to not worry about the contract penalty as they both agreed to invoice this penalty to his new school at a lower price (8k negotiable, they said) He's pretty oblivious about this scheme before he got into his our school. Now, our school can't rescue him, explaining it's too expensive for them as this went up to 18k.

32 weeks 2 days ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

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Release paper of what?


As Non-native English teacher, he is most likely employed illegally unless he holds degree completed in Native English country.


Once you work with F or L visa, you can just walk away and start working elsewhere. So, employers usually (in 2009, 2010) kept the passports (which was also illegal!) to prevent walk-aways.

Signed contract is invalid ... 'cause teacher is employed illegally, i.e. wrong visa, so no release of any kind is needed.

Contract release of 18k or 8k is school's bluff or extortion!

Contract signed under any other visa than Z is invalid and doesn't have any legal bearings!

No repercussions are possible if laowai is employed under wrong visa.


Release Letter is necessary only at legal/Z visa employment in China.

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Sweep the leg.

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32 weeks 1 day ago
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