Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Almost 3,000 foreign employees arrested and deported from China in 2016 - Almost 90% were foreign English TEFL & ESL teachers who accepted illegal jobs from blacklisted agents.

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The Public Security Bureau of China is on a mission to find, arrest and deport 5,000 illegal foreign workers from China in 2017.  Mostly because most of them are unqualified English teachers from abroad that local Chinese claim are stealing teaching jobs from more qualified bi-lingual Chinese graduates who actually majored in English abroad in the U.K., Canada, America, or Australia. Who makes better teachers for Chinese children is a separate debate.  But  what is beyond dispute is the following reality;

* In 2012, only five years ago, less than 1,000 foreign teachers were expelled from China, only one-third of the current number. Back then teachers caught working without a Z visa were simply warned or fined.  Today they are booted out after spending 30 days in jail, paying a $2,000 and sent home as a convicted felon with a 3-5 year reentry ban.  Most will never be able to get another travel visa the rest of their lives because they are now tagged as "illegal migrant worker" and "convicted felon" in the many databases of global law enforcement.

* In 2016 the PSB conducted more than 2,000 random visa check visits in 27 Provinces compared to only 827 in 2014 in six Provinces.  Clearly they have expanded their hunting grounds.

* PSB undercover agents have resorted to posting over 1,600 known sting job ads in thebijinger.com, echinacities.com,  eslcafe.com, gumtree.com, sinocities.com, and craiglist.com.  At first, their bad English gave them away, but in 2016 they must have hired foreign proofreaders because now the ads are undetectable. The PSB claims over 700 foreigners using fake diplomas and illegal visa were caught in their sting operations in 2016.

* The PSB obtained a 6% budget increase to expand their visa enforcement operations in 2017 and are now hiring and training 745 new visa enforcement officers and 210 special investigators to help grow their sting ops.

* 2016 was the first year that the PSB actually started to jail the black agents and recruiters caught selling fake diplomas and TEFL certificates and/or telling new arrivals to China it was okay to work without a Z visa.  Arrested agents were given a choice to pay a 100,000 yuan fine and turn over their phones and hard drives to the PSB (to find and entrap more illegal teachers working in China) or go to prison for 6-12months.

* The PSB increased their public reward from 5,000 rmb to 10,000 rmb to informants who provided information leading to the arrest of illegal foreign workers. One TA we know of earned over $80,000 in just one year snitching out expat workers her boss sold fake university degrees to.  More details are found here:  https://eslwatch.info/en/forum/china/76-china-foreign-teachers-unite-report-fake-unqualified-teachers-to-the-psb.html?start=30.  Our source at the PSB said that roughly 20% of the informants work at the same school as the teachers they reported, which is a bit disturbing in our opinion.

The above chart is self explanatory. Once again, we urge all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to workin China, to follow the law and not the advice or unlicensed recruiters who will not lift a finger to help you, if you get yourself arrested in China.  Here are some links where you can educate yourself BEFORE you send anyone your resume for a job placment in China...


https://eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html


http://chinateachersalliance.wordpress.com


http://chinafraudpatrol.wordpress.com

Working on an F, M, or L Visa like the one below can get you arrested and jailed on the spot in China, no matter what your job recruiter told you!




Sunday, February 19, 2017

2016 CFTU annual foreign teachers survey reveals that 73% of current ESL & TEFL expat teachers will not stay in China another year creating 18,000 job vacancies.

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This year's annual China Foreign Teachers Union annual survey gave us quite a few surprises - some good and some bad.  First the good news... Identity theft victims in 2016 were down 6% from last year and 27 black ESL job agents were finally arrested and were given a choice to pay 100,000 yuan fine or spend six months in jail. The PSB vows to continue their hunt for agents telling foreigners it is "no problem to work without a Z visa".  13 agents were caught selling forged university degrees and were not given any such choice - they were sentenced to one year in prison.

Some more good news... On average the pay for foreign ESL & TEFL teachers has increased 9% over last year due to the supply shortage of expat teachers and now the average wage for a native English speaking teacher in China is 18,000 yuan per month. Those holding education degrees are earning an average of 22,000 yuan per month. For non-native English speaking teachers with no education degree, the average salary is now 15,250 yuan per month and those holding an education degree are earning an average of 16,500 yuan per month.  If you are not earning this much, it is time for you to demand a raise!

Now the bad news... (although there may be a silver lining in this for some of you who decide to remain in China).  According to our survey results, a whopping 73% of expat foreign teachers now working in China, say they are making this their last year in the Middle Kingdom and will work elsewhere after their contracts expire in June.
Here are the reasons they cited:

1) Air and water pollution are now at dangerous levels (42% of the 73%)

2) Salaries are much higher in Korea, Japan, and Singapore (39% of the 73%)

3) Cheated by employer, agents, or recruiters,  (10% of the 73%)

4) Worried about the Hepatitis epidemic in China (7% of the 73%)

5) Family issues back home (2% of the 73%)


Although the Chinese government has pledged to clean up the pollution, and they have actually begun to do so by shutting down 7 of the 212 coal burning plants in China, the net improvement has not been that noticeable. Perhaps by 2025 we may no longer require air filter masks if they keep closing 7 coal plants a year.  This documentary film about China's horrific pollution problems received over 30 million views in just 1 month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM#t=45 Of course, the pollution in China varies by region as this regional map explains quite well:


And the below chart indicates just how toxic the Beijing and Shanghai air becomes five months of the year. Researchers at Berkley even say that it is better to smoke a pack of cigarettes every day than to breathe Beijing's air!  This is not a choice anyone whould have to make in our opinion!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3201954/Breathing-Beijing-s-air-equivalent-smoking-FORTY-cigarettes-day-Smog-map-China-reveals-shocking-extent-pollution.html
In 2016 the air pollution got so bad that the Ministry of Education closed the public schools for five days and warned parents to keep their children home because the API index exceeded the toxic level. No such warning were issued to the foreign teachers however. The photo below shows the difference between a summer and winter day in Beijing:



Some more bad news is that 27% of our foreign teachers in China that were surveyed say they now do not feel very welcome in China and some have even been insulted by students and parents when they were caught making spelling or grammar errors in the classroom. Even the Chinese government is growing more critical and less tolerant of unqualified or low-skilled expat teachers as reflected in this recent Global Times newspaper   article:  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/981575.shtml

But the worst news for 2016 is that a record number of foreign teachers were arrested, jailed, fined, and deported from China, mostly for two reasons; 1) Working without a real Z visa in their passport, and 2) Caught working with forged university degree. Of the 2,987 foreigners that were deported, 2,712 were deported for the above reasons. Other were ejected for acts of violence, "bad behavior" or discovered to have a contagious disease (ie. Hepatitis, HIV, TB, etc.)

Now about that silver lining... Since there will be almost 18,000 ESL & TEFL job vacancies next September, those of you who decide to stay in China can demand a huge pay increase of at least 5,000 rmb per month and/or a housing allowance since the cost of housing has increased 7% over last year in the big cities on average. Over the past 5 years this housing increase was 31% on average, while average wages for foreign teachers increased only by 10.5%.

Some things never change from year to year as foreigners working in China still give high marks for the variety of delicious foods, tourist sites, and for the friends they have made here. In 2016, 8% of those surveyed claimed to have found their soul-mate in China and have either married them or plan to soon.

Our complete 2016 Annual report is available to members by email and will be published in the March CFTU newsletter.


Additional Reading:  http://www.floridatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/2016/11/17/poor-air-quality-plagues-china-as-authorities-issue-a-warning/94023712/ and also http://pollutionpictures.blogspot.sg/2011/01/woww-most-polluted-cities-are-in-china.html

NOTE:  Our 2017 Blacklist and White List were both recently updated. Just scroll down to view or visit http://www.chinaforeigntecahersunion.org

Friday, February 10, 2017

CFTU Updates 2017 China Foreign Teachers Union Blacklist of Schools, Recruiters, & Agents

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Although we recommend that any and all ESL & TEFL teachers coming to work in China simply use a white-listed school that is SAFEA registered and SAIC licensed, we get demands for updates on our blacklist, so it is was update as of January 15th and just released after being prrof-read.  Please do your own due-diligence and remember that agents and recruiters using only Chinglish names like "Victor Li" or "Jane Zhang" should be avoided if they do not show you their original government ID card showing their true and legal Chinese names. To know what this card looks like, please see the example posted here:  https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-TEFL-Teacher-Job-Scams-Internships-Exporters-etc-BLACKLIST

You will also find other good advice there as well. The 2017 CFTU Blacklist now contains 927 blacklisted entities. Many of those outed in the past simply started using new names and emails. Many have changed the name of their companies. This is why we now update the list every three months and you can read it at this address. http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Also remember, IF you are a native English speaker you should not accept any part or full time work that pays less than 250 yuan per hour or 20,000 pe rmonth. If you are native ENglish speaker with an Education degree you would be cheating yourself to work for less than 300 yuan per hour or 25,000 yuan per month 

Also be aware that since 2014, you have plenty of rights as a foreign employee if you are in fact legally hired with a Z visa. You can review your rights and contract tips at the below links.  Good luck and enjoy your China adventure peng you!

https://www.eslwatch.info/en/articles/asia-articles/141-china-in-asia-article.html 

We also warn you not to even send your resume to anyone related to a China teaching job, until you first read three links to help keep you safe from scams:

http://ChinaScamWatch.wordpress.com

http://ESLWatch.info/forum/china

http://ChinaScamWatch.org

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CFTU Publishes 2017 White List of China Schools For Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers

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Welcome to 2017 friends and colleagues!  With more China schools and training centers than ever before (1,598), this looks to be a promising year for China foreign teachers who have chosen China to advance or begin their teaching careers.

Before you scroll down and look for a safe white-listed school among the almost 1,600 that had the fewest complaints and most teacher endorsements, we want to warn you all that to completely avoid scams, it is best to avoid agents and apply directly to the FAOs (Foreign Affairs Officer) at all the schools. Why?  Because when you apply to online ads you find at Beijinger, SinoCities, Echinacities, Craiglist, ESLCafe, you will seldom, if ever get the fake job that was used as bait, and sending your resume to unlicensed black agents can easily end up costing you $10,000. How? Read this http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com.  To learn more about working in China visit http:/ESLWatch.info/forum/China or scroll down and read our archives about contracts, teacher's rights, and dealing with shady agents.

Our blacklist was also updated on January 1st, 2017 and can be scanned for free here: http://www.chinaforeignteacherssunion.org. So without further adieu we are pleased to present you with the below white-listed China ESL & TEFL employers for 2017 that are registered, licensed, and legally allowed to hire foreign employers and sponsor a Z visa that is required by law: (Please allow up to 3 minutes to load)


If you are a CFTU member,please visit the member's page and log in with your membership number to obtain all 967 pages or send us an email at members@chinaforeignteachersunion.org. You can also get your copy at http://chinascamwatch.org.







Sunday, December 25, 2016

The CFTU sends holiday greetings to all 29,781 China Foreign ESL, TEFL, & AP Teachers!

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It is that time of year again when we want to thank all the Foreign ESL, TEFL, & AP tecahers trying give Chinese kids in 32 Provinces the opportunity and training that will give them the chance to become international and more creative students in the world. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we are proud of you for making all the sacrifices working in China requires. The volunteer staff of the CFTU salutes and commends you for another year of service to the Chinese community.

Of course we also thank you for your continue support of the CFTU and taking the time to report and identify abuses and exploitation of teachers and students. As we have since 2010, we strive to make the education profession and those that recruit foreign teachers more honorable, ethical, and proficient.

We have a free holiday gift to offer every foreign tecaher now working in China, whether you are a CFTU member or not... Your 15 employee rights as a foreigner working in China.  Just send us an email to holidaygift@chinaforeignteachers.org and allow 10 days for a reply. We are down to a skeleton crew for the holidays.

Also be sure to look for our new 2017 white and blacklists to be posted within the next 30 days, right here!  

In closing, we wish you and yours a safe, happy, and memorable holiday season with those you cherish most.  Happy New Year and we'll see you in 2017!

Best Holiday Wishes,

Gregg, Denise, Michelle, Ling, Roger, Phillip, Barbara, Debbie, Joanne, Rachael, Robbie, Keith, Pam, Tyson, and  Gwen.


Monday, December 5, 2016

CFTU Issues China Health Risk Alert to Foreign English TEFL & ESL Teachers - Hepatitis Epidemic & Toxic Air Pollution Are Biggest Concerns...

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URGENT NOTICE TO ALL CHINA FOREIGN TEACHERS:
Get yourself tested and vaccinated against all strains of Hepatitis NOW!

In the past six months 32 expat teachers were quarantined and deported after testing positive for Hepatitis and and another 57 for STDs.  China has the legal right, as do most countries, to revoke the visas of any visitor found to be carrying a contagious disease.  And if you worked in a large urban area in China for 3 years or longer, you have a 30% chance of testing positive for Hepatitis B,C, or E. This jumps to 50% if you worked in a rural area in China for one or more years.  The Hepatitis outbreak in China has recahed an epidemic level and is one of China's most guarded secrets to avoid scaring off tourists and badly needed foreign experts and English teachers.  These links will show you just how bad Hepatitis has become in China where 1 in 5 residents are now infected at last count in 2012.






So if you plan to stay in China, be sure to avoid being tested at Chinese hospital because if you do test positive for Hepatitis, STD, HIV, or ANY contagious disease the law requires that your visa be revoked and you will be placed in a quarantine facility for up to 90 days before being deported as a "Health Risk". With this designation you are highly unlikely to ever get a travel visa again. DIY Home test kits can easily be found on line but be sure to buy one that includes detection for all strains of Hepatitis. 



If you know anyone who has worked or studied at Mayflower Education in Wudaokou, please send them this leak since a former teacher who worked there claims he caught Hep C at the school. We have no way to confirm this but it is better to be safe than sorry.  Most black schools cannot afford "body checks" for their teachers and students and often just buy fake "health certificates" in case Ministry of Health Minisitry inspectors make a random visit for blood tests.

China has the highest Hepatitis infection rate behind a handful of African countries and Haiti.  Although many public posters and TV commercials urge the public to come in for a free test, most Chinese fear being stigmatized so they suffer in silence - and keep spreading the disease.


The other major health concern is the toxic air pollution of China's winter air which is full of carcinogenic coal dust and other pollutants that inflame respiratory systems of millions an average of 72 days a year.  Almost every foreign employee who comes to China the first time gets an immediate sore throat, itchy, burning eyes, and a chronic cough for a few weeks before they finally find salvation in an air filter mask. Air pollution studies done by various universities in Europe and China confirm that breathing the winter air of Beijing or Shanghai is actually worse than smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3201954/Breathing-Beijing-s-air-equivalent-smoking-FORTY-cigarettes-day-Smog-map-China-reveals-shocking-extent-pollution.html



More on Chins's air polltion:  
http://www.babwnews.com/2015/12/red-alert-chinas-toxic-air-pollution-is-out-of-control/ 

To check the air quality in real time anywhere in China for free just visit here:
http://aqicn.org/map/china/
Anyone with asthma should not come to China at all as the pollution here can truly be deadly for people with respiratory problems.  Because the many TEFL & ESL teacher recruiters avoid discussing these problems, the CFTU felt obligated to bring it to your attention to avoid any unpleasant and angry surprises.  So before signing any contract to work in China, be sure the contract specifies which city or town you will be working in exclusively for one year with "no temporary assignments elsewhere" and then look at the below map to make sure your duty station is NOT in the smog zone of China.


Last but not least we must inform you that the tap water of China is not meant for human consumption and contains dangerous levels of mercury,lead, iron, dioxins,and other contaminants. Every foreigner in China drinks only bottled water and you should as well.  It is a myth that "Boiling water purifies it". In reality boilng water does not remove heavy metals that cause cancer - it only kills living bacteria that will give you diarhea and other stomach problems.

We hope you will share this post with everyone you care about in China as there is noknwn cure for Hepatitis and once you have it, you must spend over $80 a week in medications just to tolerate its many debilitating symptoms.  No job in the world is worth losing your good health over.


Monday, November 28, 2016

CFTU Warns China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers of 379 New "Black Ghost' Schools Cloning Themselves With Alias Names!

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China Foreign Teacher Requirements         Breaking A China Teacher Contract

Although we do our best to keep you up-to-date about all the white and blacklisted schools operating in China, you need to be aware that the clever scammers we try to expose are not stupid. Once we out them, they usually just change their names and continue to recruit newbie ESL & TEFL teachers, or even veterans who may be too busy or too lazy to do their due diligence on Google & Yahoo. 

We recently met with officials from SAFEA and the China Scam Patrol to compare our lists of bad apples presenting themselves online under a variety of names recently created or adapted from names already exposed as frauds. For Example, CHINA ESL which is owned and operated by veteran scam artist Rebecca Tang in Beijing, now operates with 12 different alias names and uses no less than five foreign teachers to front for her.

So we are making a concentrated effort to recompile and update our blacklists, while every year 4-10 new entities wise up and fly straight so they can be white-listed.  On January 1, 2017 we will update our blacklist and on January 15th our white list.  For now, here are new addittions to the blacklist for those who may be looking for a new China employer over the next month. REMEMBER, these are just new addittions, so be sure to check the complete list at http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org. Also if you want to be extra careful, you can also check the China Liars List at Scam.com and at http://eslwatch.info/furum/china as well.

Blacklisted Addittions

EChinaJobs.com
EChinaJobs.net
EChinaJobs.cn
Laowai Career Center
English In China
Haida HR (Hangzhou)
China TEFL Network (Hangzhou)
HelenGroup.com (Hangzhou)
ESLJobLounge (under investigation)
Holy Global Education (Beijing)
Gao Si Education (Beijing)
Cambridge Global Education (Beijing)
Mayflower Education (Beijing)
Champion Education (Beijing)
Lake English aka Lake ESL (Beijing)
Focus Education (Beijing)
New World ESL
China ESL World
Bole Education (Chong Qing)
RMD International aka Zhouwen International Culture Excchange
Hongren English
Hopen ESL 
Wiseway Global Education, aka Wiseway ESL aka Wiseway Education

Newly Added Black Agents & Recruiters

TEFLHub.com
Global Teachers
Laowai Career Center
Sail ESL aka New Sailing aka New Sailing ESL
Eric Winder
ESL Insider
China TEFL Network
Haida HR
Teach-In-China.net

These entities below were submitted to us by China Scam Patrol and they are all on our 2016 blacklist:

Angelinas ESL Café
Adam Wang
Alice Chang
Monica Chang
Monica Cheng
ESLReady.com aka ESLReady aka ESL Ready
Eric Winder
TEFL Panda
New Talent Academy
Hongren English
Holy Flower English
ESLInsider.com aka ESLinsider aka ESL Insider
Amanda Li aka Amanda Liu aka Amanda Liao
China ESL
Lucky English
Worlda English aka Worlda International Education aka Worlda Cultural Services

i-to-i (online TEFL scam)
TEFLOnline.com (same online scam from UK)
Rebecca Tang
Expertise Education
Buckland Education Group
ABC Cowboy English
Focus Education
CCESL
CCIE aka Terry Tong aka Tong Tong
Qianshi Technology Group (many alias names)
TeachinChina
TeachAway
ChinaJobs.org
Michael Cavill aka Michael Cavhill aka Michael Cavell aka DFEA
ChinaTeachers
David Valley
Derek Yazwa
Echinacities.com
Aston English
Deric Yazwa
Panda Visa
Golden Bridge
New Life ESL
New World ESL
China International ESL
ChinaTeacherCafe
China Horizons
China Pathways
WorkinChina.com
hongniu.com
bodog190.com
chinajobs.com
China Wave
chinaprogram.com
chinawantsyou.com
Chinateachers.com
Sino English
Wise Way Global Education
Getin2China
Gi2C
Yuri Khlystov
Ben Tsao aka Ben Cao
Bi-Lingo China aka China Bi-Lingo
Lake Education aka Luke Education
American Christian School
Max Gen Education
Stanford English
Oxbridge
China4U2.com aka China4U2.org
JobsChina.com aka JobsChina.org
Charlie Chan aka Charlie Chang aka Charlie Cheng
Happy English
Owen English aka Ou Wen aka Oh Wen
Golden Tran Education
Carl Ge aka Carle He
CUCAS
Peter Zheng aka Ying Tian Zheng aka Zheng Tian Ying
Maple Leaf English
Disney English (Some Beijing & Chengdu locations only)
Disney Education Group
Jenny Wu aka Jenny Woo
Christina Zhang aka Christina Chang
Crystal Li
UFEIC
UFIEC
ABC English
EZ English
English Express
Danny Zhou aka Danny Chen

If you ignore these warnings and choose to work with one of these shadow or "Black Ghost" schools, this is what you can expect:  http://opnlttr.com/letter/over-1800-china-foreign-esl-tefl-english-teachers-arrested-chinese-govt-sting-operations-2016 

As always, we reccomend that you apply directly with white-listed schools and only those who are listed in the SAFEA's current directory and who can give you an invitation for a Z VISA in the same name that appears on their SAIC license.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

229 China Foreign Teachers Arrested in Latest PSB "Twitter Trap" Sting Operation

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Although information is scarce at this time, a contact at the PSB has leaked that 229 foreign teachers working in China were arrested in th elast 30 days for working illegally without a Z Visa in Beijing and Shanghai.  At first the CSP was told the number was 29 teachers but we learned yesterday that was a miscommunication.

What we learned so far from China Scam Patrol confirms the above leak since they learned a black ESL agent in Beijing using a Twitter Account was pretending to be a "happy ESL teacher in  China earning over $50,000 a year." This fake account was recommending others on Twitter to "contact the recruiter that made it all possible" at yet another Twitter account.  Well some how the PSB got wind of this scam and went after the guy we know as "Guo Bin" since he was falsely telling everyone who contacted him on Twitter that they could work in China without a Z visa (work visa) nor a university degree (absolutely false)

The scam back-fired on the scammer when the PSB sent someone to a job interview posing as a foreign teacher and wearing a hidden microphone. Long story short, the recruiter was arrested as were some the foreign teachers whose resumes they found in his briefcase. Things snow-balled from there...

Those arrested were given a choice... go to jail for 30 days or pay a fine and allow the PSB to copy their phone contacts. Herein lies the real problem as now thousands of foreign teachers working in China are probably going to be collected into a PSB database from the 229  arrested teachers - assuming they opt not to go to jail for 30 days.  IF these names obtained from all the phones collected by the PSB are used for either a "random visa or diploma check", there may another 1,000 or so teachers finding themselves in a sudden legal jam.  Of course the PSB might be a bit lazy during the upcoming holidays, but in the last 2 years they have been quite diligent and zealous in their efforts.  

The bottom line is that those of you working in China with a legal Z visa and a real diploma have nothing to fear. If however you are not holding a Z visa now and are using a fake diploma, you stand more than a 50% chance of getting caught within the next 45 days, especially if you used agents and recruiters who used the following names; Guo Bin, Ying, Ming, Ling, Li Peng, Rebecca Tang, Derrick Yazwa, Bing, Keith, Erica Lau aka Erica Liu, Miranda, Carl He, Rose Li, Owen, Henry, or if you ever sent resumes to ESL Insider, TheBeijinger, EChinacities, Sinocities, ESLCafe (going back to July of 2016). This information is current as of November 10th, 2016 and relates to arrests made prior to November 7th. We can assume that those arrested will identify their recruiters & agents and they will probably also be tracked down and their phones also copied.  So the best advice we can offer is for illegal teachers now working in China, to take a voluntarily leave of absence and get yourself legal with the proper visas before returning to work.  

If you do get arrested and jailed, you can expect to spend 10-30 days in jail depending upon how much you "cooperate" with the Chinese aurhorities and fines are ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. You WILL be deported within 30 days with a reentry ban of 3 to 5 years. Unfortunately, if you are studying in China, you will not be allowed to finish your studies, and from our past experience, you will not be able to get a refund of your tuition moneys.  

If you are detained, try to remain calm and do not argue or shout at the authorities. They will treat you professionally, feed you, and allow you to make a telephone call. Do not waste it calling your agent or recruiter. They will not help you. Call your nearest family member or friend in China who can pay your fine.

At present we know that the Twitter Traps are working so well for the PSB, that they may also start using Facebook. Last year they were exposed placing fake job ads on TheBeijinger.com, Craiglist, Glassdoor, Echinacities, Sinocities, and ESLCafe. Our PSB source tells us that they get a 2,000 yuan pay bonus for every illegal foreigner they catch working in China, and that is why they really are taking this matter to heart since 2,000 yuan is one-third of their monthly salary.

This new sting operation is in addittion to their other major method of rounding up illegal alien workers in China as you can read here:  https://eslwatch.info/eslwatch-forum/china/76-china-foreign-teachers-unite-report-fake-unqualified-teachers-to-the-psb.html?start=30

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good News - China Foreign TEFL & ESL Teachers Average Monthly Pay For 2016 Increased to 18,000 for Native English Speakers



 

With the demand for TEFL and ESL teachers at an all time high in China, recruiters and schools were forced to finally offer more attractive compensation packages, especially for native English speakers which now are getting paid between 16,000 yuan to 22,000 yuan per month in addition to air fare reimbursements, paid  30 day vacation, and medical insurance packages. Roughly half of the private schools and training centers are also offering 10,000 yuan annual bonus upon the completion of your contract. Should you hold an degree in Education, you can command a monthly salary of up to 30,000 yuan per  month at an International school.
 
Kindergarten teachers with experience can expect to earn an average of 20,000 per month if your previous experience is verifiable with release letters and some references.
 
Non-native English speakers can expect an average of 12,000 per month for full-time positions. For more information on China pay scales for foreign teachers, please visit http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org and remember to sign no contracts until AFTER checking our white list and blacklist and reading up at http://chinascamwatch.org
 
WARNING:  If you have asthma or bad allergies, you should consult with your doctor before traveling to China. During winter months, pollution levels are frequently toxic.
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

IMPORTANT CFTU NOTICE: China Foreign Teachers Now Protected By Labor Laws & Privacy Act!

 

 
 
 
Things are getting better for foreign employees in China and it is getting more difficult for employers to exploit you. In 2014 China labor laws that favored Chinese employees were amended to apply to all employees in China (not interns) thanks to the good conscience of President Xi Jin Ping (Xie Xie Mr. President).  This year the Privacy Act was also expanded to include foreign employees. What does this mean for you?
 
Well for one thing no employer in China can use your image or give your personal information to any third party (a student's mother for example) without your written permission on a document that says who requested your information and why and how your information will be used IF you agree. If you do not agree, you cannot be punished in any way or the employer can be fined 100,000yuan or have their business license suspended for 90 days.

Blanket agreements in employment contracts are no longer legal. Off course, nobody is going to tell you this. But you can get free labor law updates at Renmin University Law School library and National Library, both in Haidian District of Beijing. Here is where you can read a summary of your 15 rights as an expat employee in China:

http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2014/12/surprise-you-have-employee-rights-in.html
 
It is well worth 30 minutes of your time to know your rights as a China Foreign Teacher. Although we do not provide legal assistance or advice, we can recommend very qualified labor lawyers to you if you cannot resolve matters amicably, and we sincerely urge you to avoid the courts or you may find yourself blacklisted with Chinese principals. The blacklist is now illegal but still widely in use in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou (also rumored to be used in Shenzhen and Shenyang as well)  Also be aware of the deadly "SILENT SCAM" that targets china foreign teachers... http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=642187

The biggest scam going down against china foreign teachers is explained here so do not send your resume to job ads you find at Beijinger, Echinacities, ESLCafe, Sinocities, Gumtree, nor Craiglsist. Read this:  http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com
 
To be aware of all the latest china scams we suggest you visit and read these sites at least once a month as well as drop by for a visit here.