Saturday, June 17, 2017

SCAM WARNING: Most China Foreign TEFL teachers are asked to sign illegal employment agreements by job recruiters and private learning centers. These contracts are not valid nor binding. Check YOURS today!

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Both China job recruiters and employers do not want you to know this. So if you don't want to anger your boss, or want to keep a "harmonious relationship" with your job agent or recruiter intact, you should stop reading now and go play a video game or take a nap.  

If however you are tired of being exploited and cheated or do not even know you signed an invalid contract (About 75% of expat contracts signed with TEFL contracts in China are unlawful and thus non-binding).Keep reading. But if you work for a public school or university in China you are 100% safe concerning your contract since they are highly regulated and very compliant with the law.

Here is what you need to know...

According to Chinese law, all employees must sign an "EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT contract with only one party - Their actual direct employer.  It is illegal for you to sign an "employment agreement" with a China job agent or recruiter.  If you do so, that contract allows the agent recruiter/agent to skim huge amounts of money from your salary - often as much as 50% or more. https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?642187-The-Silent-Scam-Cheats-China-Expats-amp-Foreign-ESL-amp-TEFL-Teachers-Out-of-40-Of-Their-Wages

Legally, agents and recruiters can only ask you to sign a "service" or "fee agreement" and this is where you must be alert and smart. No such agreement should require you to pay a dime NOR AUTHORIZE ANY DEDUCTIONS FROM YOUR PAY. In China it is standard for the employer to pay any and all recruiter and agent fees. But the devil is always in the details, and if you do not read your contract carefully, you will get screwed. Here is one sample contract used by 11 different recruiters in China that are named for you at http://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral. This is quite typical of a contract newbies are asked to sign, and many do so out of ignorance: https://myalbum.com/album/Qt6TWGP0olx3

NEVER ever sign a contract that is given to you on the spot. Take it home and read it thoroughly and ask a Chinese friend if the Chinese terms exactly match those in English. Of course, you should never sign a contract that is only in Chinese, and it is important that you only sign a contract that you agree with. If something is vague and unclear it was done so deliberately so your employer can take advantage of you and then simply say that YOU "misunderstood". Also, do not sign a contract in Chinese that does not have a verbatim English translation ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF EACH PAGE and be sure to sign each English and Chinese page. To be extra safe, put your thumbprint on each page as well.

Where you work (exact location) and your exact job description are important to include in your contract or you will find yourself working at many locations and spending at least 4 hours a day traveling on buses and subways between campuses, with barely 30 minutes for a lunch break!


Every single page of your employment contract needs to bear the signature of the employer and your own as well as the date and corporate seal (chop) of the employer. If you do not do this,pages of your contract will be swapped out at a later date, and you will be asked to hand out brochures in some mall or a hot street corner. If you complain they will whip out a copy of their Chinese contract and remind you that you signed off on it in your contract!

Do not assume that you will automatically be given a copy of your contract. You must demand "an original hard copy that is signed and chopped". Be sure that any Chinese who sign the contract both print and sign their complete legal Chinese name and not some fabricated name like "Rosie Tang" or "Jane Zhang". 


As to what should actually be included and excluded from your contract to protect you from abuses make sure all "hours" mentioned in you contract are "class hours" and not "clock hours".  Then look at these suggestions which most veteran teachers insist upon: http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion...-contract.html

If you ignore this post you will one day realize you were cheated out of money, benefits,or both. It will also be of great benefit to you to know and understand that you have 15 employee rights that willprotect you against employer exploitation: http://chinaschoolblacklistwhitelist.blogspot.com/2017/06/china-foreign-teachers-have-15-employee.html  There is no need to dance with the devil in China if you avoid TEFL recruiters and China job agents and remember the 90% golden rule:

"90% of China employers are honest, fair, and ethical, but 90% of China job agents and recruiters are not."


To be fair there are a few honest recruiters in China like Foreign HR, Gold Star, Mercer, Marsh, Hays, etc. but any recruiter who cannot answer these 7 simple questions can be assumed to be a scam artist or identity theft...http://opnlttr.com/letter/china-esl-tefl-teacher-school-recruiter-blacklists-name-389-scam-artists

If you still have doubts about your recruiter or prospective employer, check these blacklists to be safe and not sorry:







DO NOT SEND YOUR CONTRACT TO US UNLESS IT IS ILLEGAL. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE LEGAL ADVICE BY LAW.  WE CAN ONLY REFER YOU TO SOME KNOWLEDGEABLE  AND AGGRESSIVE LABOR LAW LAWYERS.




CFTU Annual Members Picnic & BBQ was a blast - Shi Du Campout & CS War Games Planned For July 1st Weekend

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For those of you who did not make it to Yan Qi Hu for the annual summer picnic and BBQ and don't want to wait until July for the next newsletter, there is a bombshell surprise waiting for you at the bottom of this post!  But until then here are the winners from our picnic competition...

VOLLEYBALL  (Best 3 of 5 games)

WINNER: Team True Blue
Brenda
Big Dave
Holly
Danny
Samir
Lucy
Denise

BUBBLE RACE

WINNER: Team Big Red
Gregg
Jaime
Sandra
Gwen
William G.
Nelson
Michelle

DRONE RACE:

WINNER: The Green Team

William C.
Lisa
Darby
Helen
Butch
Michael
Peter was disqualified (too drunk to participate)

SCRABBLE TOURNEY
(Stage 2 - Semi Finals)

Michelle 229 over Nelson 196
William C. 212 over Samir 188
Jaime 247 over Denise 245
Gwen 241 over Micahel 172

THE TSINGDAO CHALLENGE:

First Place:  Peter (12)
Second Place:  Phillip (10)
Third Place: Mei (8)

DRUNKEN BALLOON STOMP
(Recently Renamed Event Compliments of Peter)

The Undisputed Champion:  Philadelphia Frank

Our special thanks to Li Peng and Grace for serving up the best roast pig ever and delivering it so far for us to enjoy! (Yan Qi Hu does not allow open pit fires so they roasted the pig in nearby Huairou and drove it out to us - As per our motto, there is a problem for every solution!)

Now some sad and great news... One of our oldest members (Linda from Baoding could not join us this year as she had to go back to the states for chemo treatment since she had issues with the school that gave her fake medical benefits. Our high hopes and prayers join her back in Boston where we know she will get the best treatment. We already missed your great jokes at this year's picnic Linda so please keep us posted of your progress. We love you!

And speaking of love... following three years of denying their love-hate relationship, this is the moment our Co-Administrator Denise said "Yes" to Danny at the Hotel where she was lured under false pretenses her brother got lost and was waiting for her at the bar!  We still do not know the details of the wedding yet but we think Denise may now change her mind about going back to Livonia!  GONG XI- GONG XI!


Our Summer camp-out and CS Laser Tournament is planned for July 1st in Shi Du and members should get the details from this month's newsletter or contact Holly or James who are coordinating the event.  Then we are all off on summer holiday until we return for the Fall Semester. If enough of us are back before Labor Day we may take a weekend trip to Qingdao, Yantai, or Weihai, so keep in touch.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CFTU vows to blacklist any school or agent cooperating with Chinese convicted scam artist Rosie Tang using 11 alias companies to cheat TEFL teachers in China job frauds

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SCAM ALERT!  Rebecca Tang is now "Rosie Tang" and still cheating Foreign TEFL teachers in China! BEWARE of ForeignExpats.com, Beijing Teach and 9 other alias companies...


We just sent a request to the Justice Minister of China to arrest and prosecute the infamous and convicted criminal Rebecca Tang, who now calls herself Rosie Tang after being released from jail for admittedly defrauding over 1,000 foreign English teachers of more than $3 million dollars from 2010 to 2014.  Neither of these are NOT her real names but they are the names she presents to her China job applicant victims of which she will skim 30%-66% of their salaries after she tricks them into signing contracts with her and not the actual school or training facility. Here are three victim complaints so you can understand the tricks and traps used by her extensive criminal organization that involves a network of a dozen companies and websites:




For those new to China, Rebecca Tang is the most notorious and greedy black-hat China job recruiter who not only invented the famous "Silent Scam" of China (Explained Here: https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?642187-The-Silent-Scam-Cheats-China-Expats-amp-Foreign-ESL-amp-TEFL-Teachers-Out-of-40-Of-Their-Wages) but who was responsible for getting over 1,200 foreign English teachers arrested and deport between 2012-2014 by bring teachers to work in China on illegal visas and with fake university degrees that she sold.  Read details here: http://www.realscam.com/f16/fake-tefl-certificates-diplomas-get-269-china-foreign-teachers-arrested-deported-4820/

After being released from jail, she ignored the judge's orders that she is prohibited from participating in any HR or fraudulent activities and is now even turning in her own clients for reward monies if they make any waves for her or threaten to go to CCTV News or the police. This is a contract typically used by Tang's group and it is not only a one sided contract - it is an illegal contract according to China's Labor laws  https://myalbum.com/album/Qt6TWGP0olx3 (click on our contract tips link at the top of this page for more details).

The only business license every held by Rebecca Tang was a technology company she bought from a third party. NONE of the below companies have a SAIC business license, nor are licensed with the Beijing Tax Bureau nor with SAFEA, the Chinese government agency that now insists that all of these companies are NOT authorized to recruit nor hire any foreign employees in China.

Foreign Expats aka ForeignExpats.com

Beijing Teach aka BeijingTeach.com

TEFLEN.com aka East-West Education

China ESL aka ChinaESL.com

Golden Bridge ESL

Wan Jia Education (in cooperation with Serbian fugitive Nikic Pedrag)

Golden Bridge Education

Golden Bridge English

Golden Bridge Visa

The CFTU will begin blacklisting any school, agent, or job recruiter that participates in any way with this criminal enterprise and report them to the Chinese authorities as well since Rosie Tang continues to not only cheat and exploit teachers but puts them at risk of arrest and deportation by falsely telling China teacher applicants that they can work legally in China without a Z visa and without a University Degree. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE as any U.S. or Chinese embassy or consulate can confirm.  You can also confirm this by calling the SAFEA office in Beijing at 86-010-6894-8899.







Monday, May 15, 2017

Scam Warning! 30% of all Z visas now held by foreign TEFL Teachers in China are illegal and 40% of TEFL certificates are fake - both can get you arrested and deported.


BREAKING NEWS:  The China Public Security Bureau is now using China's new "FALSE DOCUMENTS LAW" to arrest and deport fake teachers caught using fake TEFL certificates, counterfeit university diplomas, and phony police certificates that are being sold by some unscrupulous recruiters who are flooding China with unqualified teachers just so they can collect their placement fees (one month's salary). And by bringing in all these unqualified teachers they artificially suppress the salaries for the rest of us legitimate teacher who have real degrees and documentation. Last month alone BTV news reported over 300 illegal teachers were arrested and announced a nationwide sweep in 18 provinces. Click here >>> http://realscam.com/f16/fake-tefl-certificates-diplomas-get-269-china-foreign-teachers-arrested-deported-4820/

As for the Z visas, here is an article we just published in our newsletter authored by Michelle at China Scam Patrol.  Please pay close attention since most teachers with the illegal Z visa don't even know it and there are only three ways to know if yours is legal or not...

The Z visa in your passport may be illegal.  Until you get arrested you may never know.   By Michelle P.

Only after one of our dear colleagues was recently arrested for "an illegal Z visa" did we realize that they are so common throughout China and that a huge black market exists to buy and sell them with an estimated worth of $3 million a year. 

REAL GENUINE Z VISAS: Are issued by the Chinese government's Public Security Bureau at PSB offices in China, Chinese embassies abroad, and Chinese consulates abroad. (They are not sent to you to peel and stick into your passport by private parties)

They are issued by your ACTUAL EMPLOYER and not by a third party company that may be friends of, or cooperating with your company. Real visas are also linked to an invitation letter that is issued by your actual employer "ABC English " (for example) not XYZ Culture Company (for example).

FAKE OR ILLEGAL Z VISAS: Are either sent to you by courier abroad in your homeland, or given to you by a private person in China with instructions how and where to stick them in your passport, or here is the tricky part..."are generated by a party other than your actual employer", which is usually not a education facility but just some company that will sell this "favor" to your employer for a fee that may range from 10,000 yuan to 20,000 yuan. Then of course, there are just plain counterfeits that some clever Chinese scam artists create with Photoshop which may or may not be coded properly.

BY LOOKING AT THESE VISAS, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE!  But the PSB has a portable scanning device that is linked to their huge database by G4 and within a minute or two, they know if you are holding a legal Z visa or not.

So how can you tell? Just ask yourself 3 questions;

1. Was your invitation letter issued by your actual employer (the same Chinese & English name that appears on your contract and matches the red seal chop) and mention working dates that span more than 3 months?

2. Was your visa pasted into your passport at a Chinese government PSB office, embassy, or consulate?

3. Did you pay less that $200 for your visa?

If you answered yes to all of the above you have nothing to worry about. You are legally working in China assuming you also have a real university degree and are 22 years of age or older. If you answered "no" to any of the above questions, you have a big problem that needs to be fixed ASAP, or like our colleague, you can be randomly asked at a subway station to show your passport to a uniformed or plain-clothes PSB agent, and within 45 days you will be back in your homeland following 30 days in a Chinese jail and a $2,000 fine. For more details about this scam and others that target inbound ESL TEFL teachers to China refer to  (click here>>>http://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral, or our monthly  blog here at... click here >>> http://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com without delay.


Enjoy your stay in the Middle Kingdom but remember the golden rule about Z visas - They are a mandatory Chinese government requirement to legally work in China - no matter what your employer or recruiter may tell you - even if you re doing private tutoring one or two hours a week. If you are asked to come work in China on a L, X, M, or F visa you are dealing with a scam artist who should be reported to your embassy or you can send us the details at report@chinascampatrol.org in strict confidence. In 2016, almost 3,000 expat teachers had expensive legal problems because they did not bother to learn Chinese law and depended only on their China job agent or recruiter for information.  click here >>> http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/china-visa-police-using-clever-sting-fake-job-ads-arrest-hundreds-foreign-esl-tefl-teachers .Most of the teachers in the photos below, did not even know they were breaking the law and this was a most unpleasant surprise:



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What to do if you are arrested in China?
(Send for your free China Foreign Teacher Legal Guide to:  LegalGuide@chinaforeignteachers union.org

Stay Safe And Get Legal!








Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Chinese government requirements for expat foreigners to teach ESL & TEFL in China do not include TEFL certificate


We get at least 20 emails every day from new TEFL and ESL teachers asking "which TEFL certificate must I have to teach in China?".  The answer is that there no mandatory legal requirement to have a TEFL certificate to teach in China by law. It may be rquired by a large training center chain like English First or Wall Street English. 

However we here at the CFTU have been pressing the Ministry of Education to include a requirement for a 120 hour TEFL certificate - not obtained electronically. That is a TEFL course taught live, face-to-face in a classroom setting where there can be a live teacher-student dialogue and the ability of all students to participate. We are firmly opposed to software-based and online TEFL courses for five reasons, all of which outweigh any "convenience" factor.

1) Roughly 90% of the TEFL scams we see today and over the past 10 years have come from online TEFL programs and recently those that sell DVDs, or just a TEFL certificate without completion of any training at all.  If the TEFL course was taught at a local university, through a registrar's office, the fraud would be eliminated. Recently employees of one UK company was caught selling "answer sheets" for the company's TEFL test for $99 online.

2) TEFL software and Online courses provide no assurances that the trainers supervising the program are certified by any educational body nor standard and could just be a TEFL mill, as most of them are today.

3) Without a classroom dialogue and live critiques by teachers and peers, a TEFL student will not get the same benefit as learning in a classroom setting, and the retention rate of anything they may have learned online will be far less.

4) At present, there are no standards for TEFL training friends. We have recently even found individual recruiting agencies selling their own brands of TEFL courses which is nothing more than a money grab. 

5) In country TEFL courses can be monitored and the certificates would have to be honored and recognized in that country if offered through an accreditted university.

At present 23, companies all claim that their TEFL certificates are recognized world-wide. In fact however, this is not true and some certificates are only recognized in third-world developing countries like Haiti, Ethiopia, Croatia, etc.

Some people assume that the bigger the company that is dumping a lot of money into online advertising is the best place to get a TEFL certificate. As you can see from these complaints, BIG does not equal best.

http://www.teflspin.com/2008/07/volunteer-to-be-sucker.html


http://chinafraudpatrol.blogspot.tw/search?updated-max=2013-04-29T16:06:00-07:00&max-results=7


https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130503170222AA7AW44


http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/specific_search/Laowai%20Career%20Center


Although the CFTU does not endorse any company or service, the teachers we talk with are most satisfied with the CELTA TESOL training they recived based on the feedback we are getting. We are now urging 16 universities in China in five provinces to adopt their program locally within China and their response has been positive. In the interim, please be advised that the below are the official requirements for a foreigner to teach English in China.

* At least 22 years of age

* Fluent in the English language - native English speakers preferred

* A verifiable bachelor degree (it will be checked starting on January 1, 2017)

* A certified police certificate proving no criminal record in your homeland

* 2 years of verifiable previous teaching experience

* A valid Z visa in your passport upon day 1 of your employment

Although the Chinese government has implemented a new Expert Work Permit program with three categories of "experts" (A.B, & C), this program currently excludes teachers below the Phd. level. http://en.safea.gov.cn/2016-09/29/content_26941136.htm. 

So now that you know the facts about the mandatory qualifications and requirements to teach in China, donot let any agent, recruiter, school, or TEFL sales rep, blow smoke up your butt and pressure you to buy anything you don't want or need. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/foreign-english-esl-teachers-tricked-buying-tefl-certificate-courses-fake-china-requirement

One last word of warning... If you get caught teaching in China with a fake diploma, police certificate, or TEFL certificate, or are caught working without a genuine Z visa (one that matches your employer and invitation letter) you WILL (if caught) be arrested, jailed, fined $2,000, and deported from China as a convicted felon, with a 3-5 year reentry ban - even if you are enrolled in a Chinese university or married to a local Chinese spouse. At present, there is a "Zero Tolerance" enforcement policy in place and you may want to read this here: http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/record-number-foreign-expat-esl-tefl-teachers-lose-china-jobs-after-being-arrested-deported


If any recruiter, agent, or training center gives you information different than the above. please report them to report@chinaforeignteachersunion.org

Also see if that source is blacklisted at:


Monday, March 6, 2017

China Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers are Identity theft Targets even before they arrive in China! Here's how to protect yourself expat job seeker...

First, the bad news... About 35% of all the online ads for ESL, TEFL, & AP teaching jobs in China were posted by more than 3,000 known identity thieves. The dream jobs are fake and they only want your resume a,d then after a fake skype interview - your passport scan. Then after you accept their fake job offer they will ask for your "Taxpayer Identification Number" (aka social security or national ID number). Because you think you are about to get a $40,000 or even $60,000 job teaching in China, you do not hesitate. And then you get the bad news that particular job was filled. But they offer you another China job at half the pay scale. Whether you take Job B or not, you may have just been victimized for identity theft that you won't even know about for 3-6 more months, when the police come to arrest you. 

Of course, you will sort it all out and the cops will apologize after you spend a few nights in a Chinese jail and your family spends $5,000 to hire an expensive lawyer for you. (they always charge more when someone is in jail). In 2016, over 1,600 expats working in China learned a very expensive and embarrassing lesson about sending their resumes to strangers. https://chinascamwatch.wordpress.com

At present, if you do not do your due diligence homework applying for a job in China, you have a 1 in 5 chance of becoming an identity theft victim. Your odds are better playing Russian Roulette with a loaded revolver gun!


Now the good news... you can prevent all of this and eliminate the risk that you will also be a victim, even if you are already a target.

1.) Never give your full name on your first resume. For example, if you are Patrick Steven Walker. Your resume should say: P. Steven Walk.

2.) Never include your personal home address or telephone number on a resume which can reveal your true identity. Use your email and mobile number for contact.

3.) Edit your Skype profile so it does not contain specific information.

4.) Do not ever send passport scans unless and until you have a VERIFIABLE written job offer from a known employer whose website provides a phone number for you verify. Do not trust phone numbers given to you by recruiters nor agents as the numbers could simply belong to one of their friends (shills) who will pretend to be an HR Director or FAO of a China employer. Then provide your passport scan directly by fax or email to ONLY the direct employer - not to agents and recruiters.

5.) You need not ever disclose your social security number or national ID card to any employer in China. You must provide them a photo and your passport Number.

Of course, your China job agent and recruiter will tell you to ignore all this advice and the CFTU and maybe even call us a troll or "troublemaker". We care about your safety in China - not what agents and recruiters think about us. Here are some links you can give them to shut them up...

https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/scams-fraudes/id-theft-vol-eng.htm
https://www.identityprotection.com/education/stay-informed/how-posting-y...
https://lifehacker.com/118742/identity-theft-via-online-resumes
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/article/scam-alert-headhunter-fraud
https://hamiltonwriting.com/job-offer-scams-a-new-trend-in-fraud-and-identity-theft
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/china/article/fake-disney-recruiter-scam
https://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/fraud-warning-china-for...
https://thecareerexperts.com/jobseekers/tips-strategies/is-someone-steal...
https://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/article/scam-alert-foreign-teache...

Also to reduce your risks to less than 1%, we recommend that you motivate yourself to contact China employers directly (refer to our China White List at http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com- scroll down and look for the blue angel pages) and eliminate all middlemen (agents and recruiters). Furthermore, you should not reply to ads at the below websites since most are fictitious "magnet ads" as explained in the above links (Fake dream jobs designed only to collect hundreds of resumes).

* thebeijinger.com
* echinacities.com
* craigslist.com
* gumtree.com
* sinocities.com
* eslcafe.com
* laowaicareer.com
* eslinsider.com
* eslteachersboard.com
* chinateflnetwork.com
* chinateflsearch.com
* chinatefl.cn
* chinaesl.com & chinaesl.cn

And whenever you come across a new employer with very little background information, be extra cautious and check here just to be extra safe and sure: https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-...

Still can't find the information you need to be comfortable? Try this link here at : http://Reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral.

IMPORTANT: Remember that all employers of foreigners in China (for any job) must be registered with SAFEA and hold a valid SAIC business license. If employers refuse to share scans of their SAFEA certificate and SAIC business license with you, just hang up the phone and block their email, skype, and phone numbers because they surely are not legitimate.

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