Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Beware of illegal Z visa China Foreign Teachers teaching ESL & TEFL - You can easily get arrested and deported.

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If you used an agent to find a ESL or TEFL teaching job in China, there is a 33% chance your Z visa is NOT legal - even if it is real. What!?!  Yes, as bizarre as this may sound to you, here is what is going on and 80% of foreign teachers in China do not even know about this.
 
If your real true employer is not registered with SAFEA and SAIC they may be what is called a "black school" or "black learning center" (you can check our 2016 blacklist to check at www.chinaforeignteachersunion.org) they probably gave you an invitation letter from another company who is properly registered and legitimate. Although this is illegal it has been done for years and only a few dozen teachers were actually caught and deported. HOWEVER, following some bad behavior incidents of foreign teachers, the Chinese government is now doing their best to weed out all the many fake teachers in China who may never have taught anything, used a fake diploma to apply for their visa, or are working on the wrong visa. Last year they arrested and deported over 2,100 expat teachers who "faked" their way into China.

So this year the PSB is on a mission to scrutinize all 31,000+ visa applications of the foreigners now teaching in China as well as all the incoming new comers. THEY ARE NOW MATCHING INVITATION LETTERS TO YOUR ACTUAL EMPLOYER.
If there is not a match, you will get a friendly visit but even your best smile and Chinese language skills will not save you from being arrested, jailed and deported.


If the company, red seal, and SAIC business license all match with your real employer, you have nothing to worry about mate. If you are not sure how to check, you can email us a scan of your invitation letter, and the name of your actual employer and we can let you know within 2 weeks if your Z visa is legal or not - in strict confidence. of course. If you have an illegal Z visa you have three choices;
1) You can demand that your employer fix the problem with the proper Z visa (only possible if they are approved and registered with SAFEA)

2) You can quickly search out another white-listed employer who can hire you with the correct Z visa before your current visa expires - or you get caught.

3) You can simply depart China voluntarily on your own before you get caught and banned, and then reenter with a proper Z visa from a legitimate employer.


At present it is estimated that one-third of all Z visas issued are illegal. We urge you to check yours today. If you want our help with verification we ask that you first check our blacklist first at
www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com. If you do not see your school listed, then please send us the scan of your invitation letter to help[at]China ForeignTeachersUnion.org. Since our members get priority attention, you may have to wait up to two weeks for a reply. Thank you for your patience. You may also want to learn about other China scams at chinascamwatch.org

Monday, March 7, 2016

China Foreign Teacher Survey Has Surprises For CFTU Staff...


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Every year we take an annual survey in order to compile our white and blacklists and to get an idea of the biggest concerns, gripes, and worries of our teaching colleagues in China. The 2015 annual survey results were compiled and here are some interesting finds we now share with you...
 
* 62% of those surveyed say they will not be staying another year in China for one of three reasons;
-  Toxic Pollution
-  Hepatitis Epidemic
-  Pay is better elsewhere with less scams
 
*  Only 18% of teachers used agents to find their teaching positions in 2015
 
*  29% admitted to working illegally without a Z visa or a fake diploma
 
*  59% claimed they were cheated by their employer at least once (mostly private schools)
 
*  Average full-time monthly salary for a native English speaker in China in 2015 was 16,500 yuan
 
*  Average office hours required in 2015 was 15 hours with 20 classroom hours
 
*  Average age of China foreign teachers jumped to 25 years.
 
*  67% of China foreign teachers said they are "mostly satisfied" with their job
 
*  79% said they do not trust job ads at ESLCafe, Beijinger, nor EChinacities/Sinocities
 
*  28% said they earn over 40,000 per month doing private tutoring
 
*  43% said they use the CFTU white list and 82% said they use our blacklist
 
*  The most complaints we received were 39 against a single agency, and 28 against a school
 
*  68% of China expat teachers are male and 52% come from America, 12% from Canada, 18% from the Ukraine, 10% from Australia, and 8% from the UK
 
*  The large chains like Wall Street, EF, Webb, Disney, had the highest turn-over rates
 
*   The most "unacceptable chain" employer was Disney English, which also had the second highest number of teachers arrested for working illegally.

BTW... did you know the following facts:

<> You have rights as a foreign employee that are the same as Chinese professionals if you hold a Z visa and FEC.  See here for details... http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2014/12/surprise-you-have-employee-rights-in.html

<> 1,978 foreign expat teachers were arrested and deported from China last year for working without a Z visa and 482 were deported for working with fake university diplomas.

<> There are now only 122 legally licensed and registered HR job agents (head hunters) operating in China nationwide and all have an SAIC license they can show you. If you cannot obtain a color scan of their SAIC business license they are black scam operation to be avoided. There are 322 "black" China job agents (that we know of at this time)

<> The five most trusted and used ESL/TEFL forums used by China foreign teachers are ESLWatch.info, TEFL.net, ESLBase.com, ESL.com, and ESLEmployment.com

The top 3 complaints from China foreign teachers in 2015 were:

1)  Last paycheck was not paid
2)  Contract not honored
3)  Lies about Visas
4)  Release letter not given
5)  Employer turned out to be illegal employer

NOTICE:  The CFTU is not allowed to provide legal advice, and we have very limited resources. So if you are not a member and you need help or information, you must be patient if you send us an email. Our 6,129 members get our priority attention. Our volunteer staff does the best we can so please scroll through our web site and the welcome package we will send you by email for the information you need. We do not investigate or "check" schools on an individual request basis - especially if you are not a member. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support. If you wish to report an illegal school, agent, or company that holds your passport, or hired you without a Z visa, or refuses to provide you a copy of their license or a release letter, please send us an email at report[at]chinaforeignteachersunion.org