Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Updated 2016 Official China Foreign ESL & TEFL & AP Teacher Mandatory Legal Requirements - SAFEA Confirmed

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The new year brings us all good news for those wanting to teach in China. The official 2016
requirements for foreigners to teach ESL or TFL English programs in China are the same as they were in 2015, 2014, and 2013!  In others words... NO CHANGES!  Here is what you MUST have to legally teach in China...

(1) Must be 22-55 years of age

(2) Must have a VERIFIABLE bachelor degree (yes, they are now checking)

(3) Must have a Z visa in your passport BEFORE you even tutor a single class even on a part-time basis

(4) Must have 2 years verifiable teaching experience (any subject)

(5) Must speak and write fluently in English

(6) Must have a police certificate proving you have no criminal record (Beijing & Shanghai only at this time)

TEFL/TESOL Certificates are not a government requirement but about 20% of the chain schools like WSW, Webb, and EF require one. Native Speakers are also in high demand and command the highest salaries. (12,000 to 20,000 per month)

CAUTION:  Do NOT believe any agent or recruiter who tells you that you can work on a L, M, or F visa. This is totally false and you will end up like the Disney teachers or these 49 expats in Shanghai that were recently arrested and deported. Here http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/phpbbforum/topic191151.html?sid=b646940d6697c43a446b554cb655d2d6

Finally, be aware that the PSB is now checking 50% of all foreign teachers - not only for Z visas but also t verify diplomas.  If you are caught without either, here is what you can expect: http://eslwatch.info/eslwatch-forum/china/319-can-you-teach-esl-in-china-without-a-z-visa.html

In closing we remind you that spending only 30 minutes to read the below 5 websites will keep you safe from China job and internship scams. Also be sure to see the 1,569 white-listed schools/employers on our CFTU White List (just scroll down two posts on this blogsite)
If you have any questions or doubts about the above requirements you can confirm with your own embassy or the Chinese government at http://SAFEA.gov.cn or drop us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Friday, February 5, 2016

CFTU Updated 2016 Blacklist of China ESL Job Recruiters and TEFL School Agents - Over 415 Sly Devils To Avoid...

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Well last month we gave you the good news (1,596 White-Listed schools in China) and this month we must share the bad news... Over 300 new entities have been added to the China Blacklist which are basically all the unlicensed black employers, those with numerous complaints of dishonesty and wage theft from expat teachers, and all the China job agents and recruiters that will hustle you any way they can to make some quick money selling you bogus TEFL courses, diplomas, or putting your freedom at risk by getting you a China job without the mandatory Z visa. 

But be sure to avoid these 415 bad apples who often change their name. Go here for a complete and current listing: http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org

The big problem is that the sly devils are well disguised and most are now foreigners who win your trust by telling you anything you want to hear. You do not learn the truth until you actually get to China and realize your are working illegally! To learn all you need to know about working in China visit these web sites and read the one you are now on!




Thursday, January 28, 2016

CFTU Releases 2016 China Foreign Teachers White List of China Schools, Kindergartens, & Universities...

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The new year starts of with some good news to share with you all... There are almost 300 new schools, and learning centers added to our 2016 White List since last year. They are finally getting the message of accountability - Thanks to all of you who have been diligent in reporting abuses, and giving recognition and kudos to the ethical and honorable education centers and schools that deserve a pat on the back. Our blacklist also grew, but only by 57 new additions which you can still find here:

http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org  We hope the below will help the ESL & TEFL newbies get a safe start in China. The complete 97 page listing is available to our members free of charge by sending and email to WhiteList@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org

Saturday, January 16, 2016

CFTU Asks: Do YOU truly Deserve A Pay Raise In 2016 China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teacher?

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Average salary of a qualified China foreign English (ESL & TEFL) teacher is now 16,000 yuan per month.  Are YOU qualified?  What are YOU earning?

Welcome to 2016, the year of the monkey. If you are reading this website it means you are probably an educated veteran China foreign teacher or a newbie who got lost online.  It matters not, because what you most need to know right now is that even though China will be needing over 500,000 ESL & TEFL teachers over the next five years, the supply of qualified TEFL & ESL teachers willing to endure the pollution, hepatitis risk, and clever scams of China is dwindling.  This is both good and bad news - depending on your perspective.
If you are a China veteran you now have the grounds to demand a pay raise of 250 yuan per hour if you are a full time teacher and 300 yuan if you are part time. Why?  Because less than 60% of all expat teachers working in China today are 100% legal and subject to arrest and deportation at any moment they get caught. Why are they illegal?  Pick one of the below...

* Working without a mandatory Z visa

* Working with a fabricated university degree

* Working with a fake TEFL certificate

* Working for an unlicensed school or learning center

* Working for a "black school" not authorized to hire foreigners.

If you hold a bachelor degree in Education you should be earning no less than 400 yuan per hour. If not, you are simply cheating yourself.

If you have any doubts about your earning potential please ignore all the low-ball fake job ads spammed all over the internet by the black agents and visit http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org and read up on real wages and salaries. Do not be fooled by the lip service of recruiters.  Of course they would love to hire you for 5,000 per month but the reality is the current average income for expat TEFL & ESL teachers in tier 1 cities is 16,000 yuan.

BREAKING NEWS!  Check back here in 5 days for our 2016 White and Blacklist of China Schools and Agents.

Again we warn you about the Echinacities, Beijinger and eslcafe job ads: http://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com and if you must use an agent or recruiter be damn sure they provide you an agent reply form (see here below) and read this here before sending anyone your resume related to jobs in China: http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?644846-China-Job-Recruiter-amp-Visa-Agent-Scams-25-Red-Flag-Warnings

Do not make the same mistake that these 49 expats who spent their China Christmas in Jail and are were sent home as convicted felons.  Remember, most agents will only tell you what they want you to know, and often withhold the truth of your true risks of working without a Z visa. http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/phpbbforum/topic191151.html?sid=688d82391be004c3f88611011c273383

Here is what you will find out the hard and costly way if you listen to agents instead of follow China's visa laws:  http://www.shanghaiexpat.com/phpbbforum/topic191262.html?sid=688d82391be004c3f88611011c273383

Can you just imagine how these foreign English teachers must have felt?  http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=112781

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Red Flag Scam Alert - WiseWay Global Education - ESL & TEFL Agents in Beijing, China - Under Investigation... 2016 UPDATE

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We recently requested China Scam Patrol to investigate this company after they recently merged with a known scam operator in China (Gi2c) and finding no current registrations that show the company is the same company that operated in 2007.  It is our belief that since the website was registered and created in 2013, that they have hijacked the name of a company that had a decent reputation back in 2007 that went out of business in 2009.

No matter, they are NOT "partners" with the Ministry of Education as Gi2c claims, and we can find no SAIC registration for them and SAFEA confirmed they are not registered under the name of WiseWay Global Education.  The absence of internet ads for many years also raises concerns. This company needs further investigation relating to ownership and claimed affiliations with over 300 universities. Information received from a former Gi2C employee at realscam.com indicates that Gi2C may have bought this company name which would be the 4th time in 7 years they have changed their name, perhaps to evade bad publicity under their old names of Getin2China, etc.

Therefore we urge extreme caution in dealing with this company until we get word back from China Scam Patrol. If you do decide to use an agent in finding teaching work in China please at least follow these guidelines:  http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?644846-China-Job-Recruiter-amp-Visa-Agent-Scams-25-Red-Flag-Warnings We do know that they have previously advised newbie teachers to come work in China illegally on F, M, and L visas, and just like Gi2C, they use two different web sites. 




Lastly we suggest you learn about teacher contracts, real salaries, and your rights as a foreign employee at http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CFTU Warns China Foreign English Teachers (ESL & TEFL) To Avoid Blind Job Ads On Forums - 2016 Scams

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We have all seen them at EslCafe.com, TheBeijinger.com and Echinacities.com... great paying ESL & TEFL jobs but no employer is identified and you must send your resume and photo to a blind email address that is always a disposable email address  (126, 163, hotmail, etc) More and more of these "blind ads" are simply "bait ads" to get hold of your resume and contact info. What happens next is downright scary: 

We remind you that all these expat and ESL forums are primarily a business. They are there to make money and the three mentioned above seem to have no qualms about selling resumes to any buyer with the bucks to pay for them. All three of these forums have been featured before at Scam.com and other scam-reporting sites.

Therefore, we highly suggest you foregt about these forum ads altogether and apply directly to FAOs at the schools and universities where you want to teach.  By doing so you will also net a much larger salary - at least 50% more money and in many cases, 100% more in wages. For details on teacher wages in China, visit http://www.ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org

For a copy of the 2016 update please send us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersuniopn.org or click here:

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Monday, November 9, 2015

CFTU Needs Freedback From China Foreign Teachers On 2015 Annual Survey To Compile New 2016 White List & Blacklist - HELP!

HELP WANTED!  Ladies and gentlemen of the ESL 7 TEFL industry now teaching at least one year in China... You have all been posting great comments on our forums and blacklist pages this year and now it is time to reflect upon your first half of the school year and unload. We and your teaching colleagues around the world now want to hear your first-hand feedback on which ESL/TEFL forums gave you the most useful and accurate information about China, about which agents caused you grief/problems, and which schools and universities did right...or wrong by you.  Who treated you fairly and who exploited you? Who honored their contracts and who did you want to strangle?  

This year we are accepting the first 2,000 surveys to come back to our inbox.  We urge you to be honest and truthful and do not bash an entire learning center or school based on just one argument you had with someone who may not have even understood what you were saying in English! Nothing in China is all good or bad (except a few dozen sleazy agents already known to all on our blacklist) So please let loose - get your survey form today by email and let loose with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Request your survey form at survey@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org  As a token of our appreciation, all those who complete the survey form will get a complimentary VPN service download from the CFTU. This offer is only valid on survey forms received before November 30th.

If you don't speak up nothing will change very much from one year to the next. But because you and our teaching colleagues have been doing this survey for the last five years, we have seen a steady drop in complaints from  over 3,000 a year in 2010 to just 695 this last year.  This is progress friends!

Your submission is completely and strictly confidential. In fact we do not even want your full name, but must have either your first or last name in case we have any questions or in case you include a complaint (last question of survey) in which you want some investigation or resolution. 

The results of our surveys are always published during the first week of January with the CFTU white and blacklists coming out on the 15th of January.  We expect this year's White List to be the largest ever, thanks to your many comments, tips, complaints, and reccomendations. We are slowly achieving our goal of making China a safer and easier place for expat teachers to work and live. Sorry friends, we can't do much about the air pollution, so buy and use a good quality PM2.5 mask.  

Please give us three working days to respond to your email and be sure to return your completed survey form back no later than November 30th. Incomplete forms will not be processed, and we ask that you please keep your foul language to a minimum. We do not want a repeat of last year when our volunteers complained of third degree burns to their eyes and ears!  Sincerely, the CFTU team thanks you for your assistance and frankness.

We hope you all spend the Thanksgiving holiday with your close friends and loved ones to give thanks for all the special and unique opportunities we have here in China

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Scam - Free Fortune 500 Internships Available In China To University Graduates - 2016 UPDATE!


Although many scam artists want you to buy an expensive China internship package for several thousand dollars the ones they sell you are with unknown companies that are 80% third tier Chinese ventures and 20% are international start-ups that have a 50% failure rating in China.

The Fortune 500 internships are the plums and best of all they are free – except for your air fare and meals. How to get them?  Directly – by yourself is the only way, and these three links will walk you through the process

Just keep in mind that you will be competing with at least five applicants for every internship so the key is to apply early before the April-May rush.  To help expedite your search you can get a directory of the HR Intern Coordinators (no phone numbers – only emails) from China Career Center which you can contact at directory@ChinaCareerCenter.org.  Also be aware that If you are contacted by any company that wants you to pay a fee they are fraudsters looking for a quick buck – yours!  Good luck! 

Remember, if anyone asks you to pay for a job or internship placement in China or to lie on your visa application, it is absolutely a fraud.

For a copy of the 2016 update please send us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersuniopn.org or click here:
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Monday, November 2, 2015

How China foreign teachers can get back the wages cheated from them in 30 days or less - without a lawyer - for free! - 2016 UPDATE

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Not at all impossible.  But you will need to calm down, put away the clubs, guns, pepper spray, axes, and knives you were considering... and follow this advice we received compliments of China Scam Patrol who swear by their "unconventional" methods. A calm and cool head will prevail...
Thanks to Jason at China Scam Patrol you now have a 95% chance of getting your money back from people who scammed you IF you know their real name or their real office location. It also helps to snap a photo of the person who swindled you.

There are a few ways to get your money back IF it is more than 1,000 yuan. If the amount is less than this, no Chinese authority will bother. Here are the tips I received from Jason at China Scam Patrol:

1. Go and personally make a written report at the Public Security Bureau closest to you. In Beijing it half way between the Dongzhimen and Llama Temple subway stations on the second floor (walking distance from either subway exit) Be sure to be detailed on the written report, show your receipts and identify any witness you may have with their contact info. BE SURE TO GET A COPY OF THAT REPORT.

2. Now scan this report and post it on Wei Bo.com and Douban.com and send a copy to admin@chinascampatrol.org Also go to China's Liar Kist at Scam .com abd post a copy of your report with photos of the perp.  http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?617489-China-Liars-List-amp-Scam-Blacklist-Post-Here-As-Warning-To-All

3. Make 12 copies of this report and glue or tape them to the wall in the elevators and the wash rooms of the building where the scam artist is based so the cheater will take you seriously. A dog that barks and never bites is always ignored.

4. If you were cheated by a foreigner, take a copy of the above complaint and visit the nearest SAFEA office and make a second official WRITTEB complaint, being sure to keep a copy of that one as well. Verbal complaints go nowhere in China! Also be sure to write down the name and phone number of every official you speak with and ask for their name card. It also helps to have a photo of the person who cheated you to share with SAFEA.

5. If you want to ensure an official investigation is made against the scammer, go to the "Procuriate Office" in the district where you were swindled and again make a written complaint. The procuriate is the Chinese prosecutor and they are obligated by law to investigate any claims of crimes made by foreigners.

According to Jason, most China cheaters will want a quick settlement with you, but you are advised never to settle for less than what was stolen from you and always ask for a written, signed, and chopped apology as well. Why? - Just in case the cheater ever slanders you, you have proof of the truth.
Of course, you should also add the cheater to the CFTU blacklist to help warn others. See here http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org/2012/12/china-foreign-teachers-union-posts-esl.html.  No get what is owed to you and let "face" be your equalizer.

For a copy of the 2016 update please send us an email at admin@chinaforeignteachersuniopn.org or click here:

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Monday, August 17, 2015

SAIC Is Your Friend China Foreign Teachers - Use It Well! - 2016 UPDATE

The SAIC is the State Administration of Industry & Commerce - the Chinese government bureau responsible for issuing business licenses to every LEGAL business commercial entity in China. It provides accountability and the ability to trace and track incidents of fraud. What does this mean to you as a foreign teacher?  It means that if an employer or a recruiter cannot provide you a scan of their SAIC business license that you can actually verify online, don't risk your time nor money having anything to do with them. Having said that, be advised that roughly 95% of all ESL teacher recruiters and and agencies in China are now unlicensed entities who operate only in cyberspace using fabricated Chinglish names and disposable mobile phones and free email addresses. SAIC provides you security as an employee. If you adopt a policy of only working for licensed employers, (as all public schools and universities are) you are making it more difficult for others to exploit you.
For more info on this subject visit http://ChinaScamWatch.org

This database is where you go when you need to know who really owns a business in China, where their office is located, and when the company was established. The police use it to arrest the people who swindle you.  Take a quick visit using your Chrome browser and it can be translated on the fly into English.  Now that you know about SAIC, you need to now that many Chinese have a business license to operate a flower shop or travel agency and use it to operate a school!  So keep an eye out for the details, and keep your employment kosher to avoid losing your money and time.  Good luck! 

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

CFTU Warns China Foreign Teachers That "Visa Law Requirement Update" is Scam

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Real quick here... Every summer ESL job recruiters in China get desperate and start telling whoppers to sign up the teachers they need for September. In recent days they have been reported for telling newbie teachers that "There was a recent update to China's Visa Law last week and now you do not need a bachelor degree or a Z Visa to teach in China."


There has been no changes to China Foreign Teacher Requirements nor to China Visa Law since September of 2013.  Here is what is mandatory by law to teach legally in China:

1-  A bachelor degree in any subject

2-  A Z visa in your passport when you arrive to work

3-  At least be 21 years of age

4-  Be fluent in English

5-  Have 2 years of previous work experience

6-  Have a police certificate if you want to work in Beijing 

If anyone tries to tell you differently, they are a scam and you need to read this here:


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Thursday, July 9, 2015

CFTU Issues Scam Alert About Online Schools In China Recruiting Foreign Teachers

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Warning to  our ESL & TEFL teaching colleagues... In the last three months a dozen different "Online Schools" appeared like mushrooms on the internet to recruit foreign teachers to teach by Skype.  Not a bad idea when you think about the convenience it can provide to both students and teachers.  However, we believe that every teacher has a right to know who they are working for.

Some of these online schools are clearly scams that are phishing for your personal information to conduct identity theft, while others are swiping the famous names of universities and well-known names like Disney and Wall Street and even New Oriental and in truth they are not affiliated and only scamming customers - using us foreign teachers to help them cheat their victims.

So if you are going to work for one of these "Online Schools" here is what you must do to protect yourself from becoming a victim, part of a scam, or simply not getting paid for any lessons you teach:

1)  Demand to know the location of their physical office and go visit it to verify!

2)  Ask for a scan of their SAFEA and SAIC certificate and license, and then contact both agencies to verify.  Don't think that they won't send you a photo-shopped copy of someone else's documents.

3)  Do not accept Chinglish names like Robert Wu or Lucy Zhang. Ask for a face to face meeting and then aske to see their plastic government national identification card with their photo and full legal Chinese names - not copies  If you do have a problem, the police have no way to track a fabricated Chinglish name. Copy the front and back for your own records. Don't be shy to ask for this, after all they want a copy of your passport right?  You are entitled to their ID!

4)  Check their reputation on line. If their website is less than a year old, you should look for another employer, and preferably a traditional school with a verifiable track record of at least 5 years.

5)  Last but not least, check our blacklist at : 

The convenience of teaching from your home on Skype is hard to beat, just make sure you are dealing with reputable people so you don't end up as a defendant in a fraud case or a victim yourself. Some teachers have actually taught over 40 hours of lessons and have never received pay for their work. Without taking the above 5 precautions, you have no way to find the people who cheated you, much less collect your wages!

Remember, when in doubt about any recruiter:

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