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:

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:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CFTU Warns Of Fake Endorsements & Affiliations By China Job Agents, Recruiters, And Even Some Bold Schools.

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China Foreign Teacher Requirements         Breaking A China Teacher Contract

With fewer ESL teachers choosing China as a career destination due to pollution and now-stringent visa requirements, China recruiters and agencies are getting creative, crafty,  and quite unethical with their claims. Some have gotten so bold as to say they have A+ ratings with the Better Business Bureau, or "Endorsed By SAFEA" or "Approved By The Ministry of Education". All of these claims are pure rubbish however and here is why...
1) The Better Business Bureau is an U.S. based private organization that have no jurisdiction, interest, nor operations in China and they do not monitor nor investigate anything in China. Still, China job agencies have hijacked their famous logo and inserted it in their websites and even on their letterhead and biz cards. When we asked one recruiter by what authority could she use the BBB logo, she just smiled and ran to the rest room to avoid further questions.

2) SAFEA, the Foreign Experts Bureau of China also does not "endorse" anyone or anything. Their official role is to register schools that are authorized to hire foreigners, and to ensure that foreigners wanting to work in China qualify to do so. Yet, many agents will pose next to SAFEA's Haidian HQ entrance sign and assert they are SAFEA endorsed, or "partners" with the government agency. Total BS!  But this recruiter below admitted that most new ESL teachers abroad believed him! You will also see many recruiters and school hijack the SAFEA logo above and just attach it to brochures, business name cards, or even paint it on a wall to suggest they have some connection or approval with/from the government agency. You should challenge whoever does this deception and directly ask "Who is your contact at SAFEA?" and if they cannot give you a real name, ask them to explain the use of the government logo.
3) Likewise China's Ministry of Education does not "affiliate" with any recruiters or private entities. Their mission is to promote and evaluate the qualification of China's public teachers, professors and the curriculum they teach. It is actually a criminal offense in China to say you are "part of the MoE" or an MoE partner. Still hundreds of private English School do this every day of the week -illegally.
4) Then there are the truly brazen sleazeballs who will adorn their brochures and printed material with the logos of Oxford, Princeton, Harvard or other top 100 school and claim they are "partners" and "affiliates". This ruse works really well if they get lucky enough to bribe a former Dean or Professor from these schools whose photos can be seen online on the real university website.  Don't fall for this scheme friends, and avoid people who try to fool you with these masquerades.

If you have any doubts about whether someone is truly connected with any government agency or bureau ask them for a scan of their credentials and the email them to us and we will verify directly with the government ministry they claim to be working for/with.  Send your email to Report[at]  In the interim, this article will help you understand what each of China's ministries and bureaus can and cannot do for you:
If you suspect or wonder if a certain job recruiter is legitimate or a fraud, try using this "Red Flag Review" and you'll have your answer in 30 minutes or less for free:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CFTU Building A ESL/TEFL Skype Database Network Of China Foreign Teacher Direct Employers - For Free!

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In the past we offered an email directory of all the FAO's of white-listed schools in China (now over a thousand) but that list was abused by job applicants who would pester the employers for updates as often as 3X per week!  We received over 400 complaints and withdrew the list from general circulation and have come up with a better idea, and hopefully this one will not be abused, or it too will be discontinued.

We are now collecting the Skype contact info for any and all learning institutions in China that are NOT blacklisted. If you know of a good school that needs qualified teachers, ask them to send all their contact info including the SKYPE contact for their FAO (Foreign Affairs Officer) and we will add it to the list we are now compiling. It should be ready for distribution within the next 30 days.

QUALIFIED TEACHERS who meet the below requirements can send their resumes in to us in MS Word format with your skype contact as well and your photo all in one word file. Also specify in what three cities you are willing to work. What we will do free of charge is, IF you meet the below requirements, we will send your resume to 30 FAOs (10 in each city you designate) just as we receive it from you with no editing. They will have your contact info and if they want to interview you, they will initiate the contact. Once they do so P L E A S E do not pester and nag them. They are super busy. If you are not contacted within 15 days, you can then authorize us to send to 30 more FAOs. BUT... Please do not send us any information if you cannot produce a genuine and verifiable university degree when the time comes to do so. We are not your agent and you will have to do your own negotiating when you are contacted. We are only going to make the initial introduction as a public service to you.


1)  Bachelor Degree In Any Major (Must Be Verifiable)
2)  Minimum Age of 21, Maximum Age 55
3)  Police Certificate Confirming No Felony Convictions
4)  Fluent In English (Oral & Written Evaluation Will Be Made)
5)  Willing To Sign & Honor A One Year Contract

Schools need to supply us with a copy of their SAIC business License, their web site address,  FAO name and SKYPE contact.  We will update the list every 45 days.

Send your information in confidence to:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beware Of China Internship Scam Operators - Not Only Gi2C - There Are Many Frauds Targeting You!

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If you haven't seen the ads yet, you will. Or maybe you will get an email invitation or Skype call out of the blue. The pitch is that you can get a great international job in China that is not even advertised but only if you go through the "back door" with an internship. And they want to sell you one of there "reserved slots" for $999 to $4,999!  Truth be told, there are plenty of real internships offered by many International companies but they do NOT call or solicit you! They have dozens of people contacting them every week! The good news is their internships are absolutely free aside from the cost of your air fare. But if you end up getting a job offer from them they will usually reimburse the air fare costs.

Lately a lot of people have been shining a light on Gi2c that charges a lot of money to get a internship in China. We have no time to investigate them but we do know that there are over a dozen such companies in China and in the UK that sell internships and 99% of them are frauds that cause people a lot of grief and disappointment.  We do know that every teaching internship we have seen in the last three years turned out to be a scam. 

In China many illegal scams operate within the gray area of the law and the police are frustrated trying to figure out how to deal with them. Just remember, there is no BBB or FTC here to protect you so if you get swindled it would end up being just an expensive lesson in common sense for you. Here are some links you should probably visit if you are looking at exploring a China internship: and

Sometimes it is very easy to be talked into something you wanted to do anyway, so make sure that any internship you pursue is offered only by a direct employer, and preferable from a big name international company you know well. China is full of schemes and if you get cheated it doesn't matter if they are technically "legal".  Some of the biggest frauds in China have huge web sites and articles published in reputable newspapers because they buy big advertising contracts and the article you are reading is really a clever "advertorial."  Many also buy time on the "talk radio" shows. Don't be fooled and you won't become a victim.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Beware of New M Visa Scam Being Used By Dishonest China Foreign Teacher Job Agents & Recruiters

It seems the latest recruiting trick being used by the unlicensed China job recruiters theses days is the "Cultural" M Visa scam where teachers are receiving third party invitation letters by proxy from cultural companies in China that are bought by the recruiter.  Although this invitation letter may come from a legitimate company engaged in real cultural affairs, and may work to get you into China, it will get you arrested and deported if you are found teaching at any school the first time a PSB visa inspector makes a random visit to your learning institution.

To be very clear, the only legal way for you to work in China is with a "Z" visa which is the proper work visa. All other arrangements that do not provide you a Z visa BEFORE leaving your homeland to come work in China are a sham or outright scam and should be avoided and reported to the CFTU

Also remember that no moneys have to be paid to obtain neither a job nor an invitation letter in China and if asked to do so please keep the emails and/or skype logs and notify us immediately at

If you have questions about working and/or living in China you may want to visit this popular site known for accurate answers with no hidden sales agendas...

We strongly advise that you do not hunt for teaching jobs at certain websites known to be fishing grounds for over 500 identity thieves., as explained at this link here:

There is no need to use a recruiter to find a job since you can contact China schools directly by email with your resume. But if you still decide to use a recruiter at least find an honest one that will not misleads you nor sell your information to third parties. To know if your recruiter is honest and licensed (legally accountable) be sure to read this: 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy New Year To Our Members, Volunteer Staff, & Teacher Colleagues Around The World!

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It's that time of year again when we want to say "XIE XIE" to all of our members, staff, volunteers, and teaching colleagues in 27 Provinces of China for your loyal support, ideas, and criticisms. (we call them "suggestions") because we knew that if you really didn't care there would just be silence. As you will see in our 2014 Annual Report, we have made great progress not only in reducing the number of teacher complaints, but getting much greater cooperation from SAFEA and the school system. Our White List has grown to 1,039 schools and we hope by this time next year to double this number, and get every China foreign teacher a free (or dirt cheap) TEFL training program and 16 hours of Chinese Lessons as a Welcome gift to China. We of course want to pursue our goal of a standard wage scale as we discussed previously but our collective level of training needs to improve before such a wage can be justified. Please see all of our 2015 New Year's Resolutions in your newsletter and enjoy your Spring Festival vacation!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Beware of China Visa Agents That Target Expat Foreign Teachers For Identity Theft Scam

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If you travel to China today you may find the police on your doorstep in six months to arrest you for IRS tax refunds fraud, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, immigration fraud, automobile finance fraud, or check fraud. At first you will laugh. Then you will cry and call a lawyer. Three months and $10,000 later you will finally clear your name and get your good credit back. Then you too will start warning your friends.

Over a million visitors visit China every day for business or pleasure. China has become the number two tourist destination in the world. In addition, 800 young uni grads come to China to become foreign teachers every month. But just traveling to China more than doubles your risk of identity theft. Why? Because three or four different Chinese "agents" will ask for copies of your passports

1. Travel Agents

2. Visa Agents

3. Job Agents & Recruiters

4. Hotel Front Desk Agents

Interpol confirms that more than 60% of the world's identity theft victims originate through a China-based scam involving one of the above professions. All of them will say they need a copy of your passport. This is not true. What they really need to know in an email from you is the following:

a) Country that issued your passport

b) Your passport number

c) The date your passport expires

To be fair however, half of all these agents are honest employees who only want to do their jobs and provide professional service to you. But the other half like to earn extra money on the side. Chinese have always been very good at hustling in the gray and black markets of Beijing, Shanghai, and 30 other large cities across China.


This creates a "Good News - Bad News" dilemma for all of us travelers. First the bad news: 90% of all China job recruiters and visa agents are "black operators" - not registered with the government and without a business license that would provide some accountability. By using disposable mobile phone numbers and free emails like,,, .etc and fabricated "Chinglish" names like "Tommy Chen" or "Debbie Zhang" they can virtually disappear without a trace the moment someone links them to a ID Theft and files a report with the police or a claim with the court.

Visa agents are not policed nor regulated in China as a profession. China has no BBB or FTC to protect consumers. So how do you protect yourself from the swindlers?  In fact, your only defense is knowledge before you embark on your China adventure. At present China Scam Patrol has three suspect visa unlicensed agents under investigation that you may want to avoid:

Beijing Service Center Visa Service

Panda Visa Service

Golden Bridge Visa Service

The good news is that you can make yourself about 99% scam-proof in China with 30 minutes of reading and following these six simple tips:

1. Avoid Chinese agents of all kinds and handle your own visa application directly with the Chinese embassy or consulate for free just by following the step by step instructions on their website in English and four other languages..

2  Never let your passport out of your sight and allow nobody but an official law enforcement officer "hold" your passport and never allow third parties other than direct employers to make a copy.

3. If you are going to work in China visit and read

4. If you plan to visit China for any purpose visit and read:

5. If you will go to teach in China as a foreign teacher, visit and read:

6. While in China install a boot lock software program on your mobile devices and avoid doing any banking or stock trading transactions by Wi-Fi connections.

Thus concludes our crash course on China Visa Agent Dangers. If nothing, more you have been warned. Safe travels and prepare yourself for the world's largest variety of tasty foods and amazing historical sites! We hope all your China memories are pleasant ones!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CFTU Asks All Foreign China Expat Teachers To Obtain TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA Training ASAP

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After reviewing the compilation of data received from the 2014 annual teacher survey it was learned that only 8% of expat teachers now working in China actually hold a teaching certificate and 69% of those surveyed admitted that they never taught any subject before arriving in China. This combination is not only embarrassing but deprives their students of a quality education. More training and higher recruiting standards are the only solutions.
We therefore urge every teacher to seek more training but to ensure quality training we urge you to seek only classroom training that allows you to have a realistic teaching environment with a live interactive "classroom" dialogue and role play, followed by peer review and critiques. Online and software-based TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA training cannot fill this need.  Anything less than a 120 hour course, in our opinion is probably not worth taking. Pilots and Surgeons do not take "crash courses" in their professions, and teachers also need to have thorough and comprehensive training.
Instructors should also be independently certified to internationally-recognized standards and not just hold certificates issued by their own company. And last but not least, certificates issued must truly be globally recognized and accepted.  On this note you may want to read these comments about accreditations:
We are always in favor of more training for China foreign teachers. It gives us leverage to lobby for standard minimum wages of 250-300 yuan per hour for qualified teachers. Teaching certificates should be mandatory for any expat China teacher who never taught before landing in China. We believe those with no prior teaching experience should also serve a 6 month internship under the guidance and supervision of a veteran ESL/TEFL certified teacher.

We will soon be meeting with SAFEA and MoE reps to establish some local China standards and perhaps an assessment or test in order to have a benchmark. Please remember this... Be a native English is an advantage for sure, but that does not automatically make you a teacher. Now put yourself in the shoes of a parent and see what education YOU would want for YOUR child?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Can YOU Spot A Legitimate Chinese School Employer And Job Recruiter China Foreign Teacher?

The internet is full over over 120,000 "Teach In China" job ads. Half of the jobs are real and half are not. If you don't know how to tell the difference, keep reading expat teachers...

For prospective teacher applicants abroad, most do not even think about the reputation or legitimacy of their China employer or recruiter. This can be a costly mistake. Consider the following:   In China there are over 19,000 leaning institutions, of which only 2,367 are authorized to hire foreigners. Over 1,000 of these are white-listed. While 90% of the schools in China are in fact honorable and legitimate, 90% of the China job agents and recruiters are not.  It is important that you know the difference to ensure that your journey to the Middle Kingdom will be full of only good memories and a positive experience.

Public Universities and public schools are all legitimate in that they are all properly licensed, BUT not all of them can hire foreigners for a variety of reasons. Most but not all of them have honorable administrations that treat their teaching staff with dignity, respect, and fairly.  They account for 75% of the institutions on our current white list. International schools, or at least the ones that are foreign-owned are 98% legitimate with all the proper licensing. There are a handful in South China that are still not properly licensed to hire foreigners and we have reported them to SAFEA and the Ministry of Education.

If any school cannot provide a teacher applicant an invitation letter clearly stating that you will be coming to China to work under contract as a foreign teacher and specifically request a Z visa, they are 99% certain to be an illegal operation and should be avoided.

If any school or recruiter cannot tell you their SAIC business license number, they are also an illegal operation not authorized to do business in China. If you are dealing with foreign based recruiters you should ask them for a scan of their local business license and Employer Identification Number (EIN) to check with the tax authorities to see if they are legally registered as a business. Corporate certificates alone do not prove a company is legitimate.

The next step to help determine legitimacy is to look at their website to find a real street address, names of company officials, and email addresses linked to the domain name of the website. Any recruiters or "schools" using free disposable emails like,,,,,,, should be avoided.  Now go to and type in the domain of the website to see how old the operation is and who owns it.  If the website is less than two years old be extremely cautious. If the website is less than a year old,  be sure to get all the license scans above or else avoid them completely.

Do not be fooled by any school telling you or even showing you that they are on the SAFEA "white list". There is no SAFEA white list.  SAFEA does maintain a registry of all th schools in China that are authorized to hire foreigners, but it does not endorse these schools to be honorable or free of complaints, law suits, or other problems. This is where are blacklist kicks in. If the CFTU receives 3 or more complaints from teachers that go unresolved for more than 90 days, the school is blacklisted until all the complaints are addressed and resolved.  Schools that fail to respond at all to our inquiries will remain on the list permanently as a warning to all teachers. 

This may seem like a lot of work to you, and it is. Scammers are counting on you to be too busy or lazy to check them out. This is why we have volunteers at the CFTU.  Three people do this all day long and it is tedious work.  So if you do not have the time to do this all yourself, you can just request a copy of our 2015 white and blacklists of China schools and recruiters at  Remember, China is the land of endless fakes and every company needs a second and closer look, no matter how impressive the website and all those glorious testimonials. Reading reviews at is a great start since reviews cannot be purchased at this web site as they are at others.

This may seem like a lot of work to you, and it is. Scammers are counting on you to be too busy or lazy to check them out. This is why we have volunteers at the CFTU.  Three people do this all day long and it is tedious work.  So if you do not have the time to do this all yourself, you can just request a copy of our 2015 white and blacklists of China schools and recruiters at  Remember, China is the land of endless fakes and every company needs a second and closer look, no matter how impressive the website and all those glorious testimonials may be. They can be bought for $500 per month.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Free CFTU Guidebook: China Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution For Expat Teachers

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NOTICE: Chinese Law prohibits the public distribution of legal advice so the following information is only for our CFTU members.

Welcome to China - the home of endless "misunderstandings". If you decide to work or teach in China, rest assured that you will have at least one argument a month with your employer. This is normal for new arrivals in China and if the problem does not fade after six months, you may either want to look for a new employer or go home. Rest assured that China will not adjust to you.  Every month we here at the CFTU get about 30 "complaints" from expat teachers in China about their employers. But in reality maybe only 5 of the 30 are legitimate gripes. The vast majority are simply misunderstandings due to language barriers, cultural misinterpretations, and/or lack of communications.  Keep in mind that for 5,000 years Chinese culture has programmed their citizens to be "harmonious" and avoid conflicts. Your employer does not want problems with you. They need you and usually want you to be happy. Granted there are exceptions where some unethical employers will try to exploit you, but they are not the majority. 

The key is to control your temper and not make a small problem bigger. If you can keep calm and cool, you can resolve about 80% of all your gripes with your employer. But there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it. This is China and things are done differently here - and "face" is extremely important. This is not your country. You are a guest here and need to adjust to local ways and protocols. There is no BBB, FTC, or Congressmen here to run to when you have issues. Your embassy will NOT get involved in labor issues so don't waste your time nor theirs. You need to be your own diplomat first, and usually that will be sufficient to work things out. Only when you cannot accomplish a mutually-acceptable settlement will we intercede on your behalf. 

There is an old Chinese proverb that says "It is better to lose and argument than a friend".  Some of our colleagues in China have also learned another lesson... "It is better to lose an argument than your job". If you end up insulting your boss in front of others you have not only lost the battle, but just started a war. However, If you handle your argument strategically and tactfully, you will probably prevail. It also does not hurt to know your employee rights and China labor laws (we can also provide you a free copy of these in English).

The CFTU offers a free guidebook to "China Labor Relations & Conflict Resolution" and we offer it both to teachers and schools. Send for it by email and it will prepare you for your next argument with your employer, and hopefully you will have less and less "misunderstandings" after reading this free publication. You can request your own free copy at

Monday, January 12, 2015

CFTU Urges 12 Contract Clauses For All China Foreign ESL, TEFL, AP Expat Teachers To Avoid Abuses

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Although the number of scams that target foreign teachers in China has dropped by 7% since 2014, the sophistication of the latest contract frauds is causing more teachers to lose more money - as much as 40% of their income as one Shanghai teacher demonstrated at this link...

The truth is that most new arrival employees to China simply are innocently ignorant of Chinese labor and contract law and they mistakenly assume it must be the same as back home. Big mistake. Almost every employer in China wants to pay you less money - not more. In fact, they want to pay you as little as possible, and that is why they team up with hundreds of unethical China job recruiters to pull off what we all refer to as China's "SILENT SCAM" which is explained here quite well:

The only way to avoid this gratuitous skimming of your pay, is not to sign one-sided, nor ambiguously vague employment contracts that basically waive your employee rights. To do this you must insert at least six clauses into your contract and line out others that may be lurking there. The most important clauses are listed below.

* Party B does not under any circumstances waive his/her employee rights and labor board protections, and retains the right to seek legal remedies in the courts of China.

* Party B shall not be compelled to do any non-teaching work for Party A.

* Party B shall be compensated for all overtime hours worked in accordance with central and provincial laws.

* Party B shall not be compelled to provide testimonials or his/her image for any public display purposes by Party A.

* Upon termination for any cause, Party A will provide Party B a release letter within 10 consecutive days of termination, at no cost.

* Existing lesson plans, teaching materials, and ppts of Party B are proprietary and may not be copied nor used without express written consent.

* Party B agrees to work exclusively at one campus located at __________ for Party A.

* Party B is not liable for any fines nor other penalties if this employment agreement is breached by Party A.

* Party B at all times reserves his right to to legal remedy and recourse through the appropriate courts as provided by law.  

"Party B shall be reimbursed for any and all visa costs including related transportation costs if required to travel more than 10 kilometers to obtain a new visa."

"Party B shall not be asked to expend his/her own funds to purchase any class or teaching materials."

"Party B shall be provided the same two back to back days off every week".

Inevitably someone will tell you "Chinese law does not allow you to change anything on our contract".  This is total BS.  Ask them to show you the law.  If they show you something from 1995 ask them to show you the newest most current labor law signed by President Hu Jintao on May 1st 2008 and the two most current amendments signed by President Xi JinPing in 2012 and 2013. Their deception about this should be a big red flag about your prospective new employer. Do you really want to work for someone who tries to cheat you before you even report for work?   Your call.

You should also also know that if they ask you to sign any contracts in Chinese, you must be given and "Exact & Verbatim Copy in English" and make sure you get signed, sealed, and dated original copies of both English and Chinese versions. If you fail to do this you will surely be exploited.  If you want to learn more about China Labor Laws and your employee rights, attend one of our local seminars or workshops in Beijing, shanghai, or elsewhere. 


Friday, January 9, 2015

Official 2015 China Foreign Teacher Mandatory Requirements & Qualifications

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Good news friends... The 2015 foreign teacher requirements, as confirmed by SAFEA are still the very same as 2014 despite the hoopla hoax of the China Daily advertorial that was disguised  quite well as "breaking news" back in September of 2014 (For details see:  But, hey, this is China (TIC) and laws can change tomorrow or next week without advance notice, so always check the SAFEA web site or with  us by email at admin[at] if you have any doubts. But as of today, here below are the current and official MANDATORY china foreign teacher requirements:
>>>>> A bachelor degree in any major (Note: They are now being verified)
>>>>> A valid passport and a Z visa (Note; Any other visa will now get you deported)
>>>>> 2 years of previous teaching experience
>>>>> 21-60 years of age
>>>>> A police certificate (For Beijing now - Shanghai soon)
>>>>> Fluency in English (Some employers will test you)
Be advised that there are no mandatory requirements to have a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA teaching certificate, although if you have never taught before it would be a good idea. Just because you speak English, does not make you an English teacher. At present, 8% of all expat teachers in China have one of these certificates. 
If you decide to enroll in TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA course we urge you to find a program through a local university that provides a real classroom setting, and a real certificate that is internationally recognized and accepted. Online or software-based programs cannot provide you the proactive real-time dialogue nor realistic role play as does a classroom setting. As for what makes for a "genuine" certificate, you may want to read this here... 

Also be wary of unethical or pushy recruiters who tell you they can not find you a job unless you buy a TEFL program with their assistance. See: