Happy Chinese New Year to you and yours. We want your China adventure to be a positive one – perhaps a dream come true for you. But if you are not alert to the facts, your dream can quickly become a nightmare. We urge you all to read this article and then remember that most agents trying to recruit teachers for China are shady at best and criminal at worst.
No matter what they tell you, it is 100% illegal to work in China on an L (tourist) or F (Business) visa, and if you are caught, you will be fined $150 per day, deported, and banned from reentry for five years. Agents will tell you that you can fix this problem when you get to China. This is a lie and they do not care about the legal problems and huge expense they create for you so long as they get your signature on a contract so they can collect their fee.
Also, do not even buy a plane ticket until you have a signed and sealed contract in your hand that specifically states your working location, days, hours, and work description. And avoid any all agents that:
1. Ask for any upfront money/fee of any kind no matter what explanation they give
2. Refuse to send you a copy of their SAIC or Ministry of Education license
3. Ask you to send them a copy of your passport or visa (This is only given to actual employers when you receive a written job offer directly from the employer and you confirm it to be true) 20% of all "agents" are really identity thieves.
If you take 30 minutes to read all of the above, you will reduce your China fraud risk by 95%.
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Should you decide to take your chances and use an agent or recruiter, at least use the form letter at this link to protect yourself, obtain full-disclosure, and have some recourse if things go South. Good Luck!