Don’t be next. Check your invitation letter immediately. Here are the details below of this huge and sneaky scam that is now causing the Public Security Bureau of China to double check all the visas of every foreign teacher working in China (roughly 30,000 at present). Fortunately, it will take them at least a month to go through all the applications!
The Public Security Bureau (PSB) of China is now cracking down on a large scale on foreign teachers using illegal Z visas and 132 of them were arrested in the last 27 days alone. It looks like they plan to meet their New Year’s pledge to deport 3,000 illegal foreign teachers this year. What is an illegal Z visa?
It is a visa sponsored by a third party and not your actual employer. So if you look at your invitation letter and it does not match the legal name on your contract or the schools website or their SAIC business license, you have been bamboozled and are at risk of being arrested and deported. Granted there is a 50% you will not get caught. But do you want to risk a felony conviction on basically a coin toss?
A China job agent named Guo Bin was just recently arrested in Beijing and the PSB is going through his hard drive and cell phone records as you read these words. If you got your visa through him or any other shady broker or unregistered black agent who charged you a fee to get a job or visa in China, CHECK YOUR INVITATION LETTER NOW, and voluntarily leave China before you get caught, or demand that your employer get you a new Z visa in THEIR name. If they refuse, check with SAFEA in your Province if your employer is even allowed to hire foreigners.
This is now the biggest scam targeting foreign English teachers in China and it is one of the best kept secrets. Please warn your colleagues so they do not have to learn about this fraud the hard way.