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Is it possible to immigrate to China?

Is it possible to immigrate to China?
How it’s like to live in China
While it is possible to become a resident  in China, it is very difficult  for foreigners to gain citizenship in that country.  Obtaining a work visa in China can be the best way to become a resident in China and a very positive experience of youth. Living and working in China also provides an opportunity for total cultural immersion especially for language and cultural anthropology students. There is no substitute for making your home in an area if you wish to improve your ability to speak the language or you wish to learn about the day-to-day customs of a people as well as visit the many locations that highlight the history of this great nation. If you wish to spend an extended amount of time living and working in China, your first step is to find a job  and apply for a Type Z Visa. Type Z visas allow immigrants to work full time in China.  To obtain a type Z visa excepting documents from employer’s side you will need the following: An original signed passport with at least six...
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China opens the labor market to international students

China opens the labor market to international students
international students who’s seeking jobs in China
Good news! If you are a foreigner, study in China, and you want to get a job, you have to know that the process got a whole lot easier. Since February 2016, the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) alongside the General Office of the State Council issued a new permanent residence guideline for the purpose of making it much easier for international students to work in China after graduation. This was done with the purpose of attracting more global elites and talents by optimizing the streamlining application procedures and requirements to meet China’s overall development demand.  The change started in 2013  In recent times, the visa rules for foreigners in China has changed quite often. This process started in 2013, and it was the first significant change to China’s immigration rules since 1986. That is when two types of student visas were introduced: X1 Visa for long term students and X2 Visa for short term students. In 2013, it also became legal for students to work in China if they got permission...
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How to master the Chinese tones in fast and fun way

How to master the Chinese tones in fast and fun way
An infographic that illustrates different tones in Chinese language
One of the most important things when learning Chinese are the tones. And although tones have the reputation of being particularly difficult, they are crucial. If a statement is predictable, the tones become less important, as the listener knows what you are going to say. But the moment you talk about things that are not obvious, tones become critical for a successful communication. This means that if you are talking about the weather you will be understood, perhaps. But if you talk business, tones will be crucial to get the message correctly to the other side.  Chinese is not the only language with tones People think that English doesn’t have its specific tones, but this is completely untrue. You do have tones, and you are using them every single day. In fact, the English language has all the tones that you use in the Chinese language. That is why the best way to learn Chinese tones is to be aware of the “when” and “how”. You already use tones; you just have to use them in the correct way. First...
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How to improve your spoken Chinese while staying in Beijing

How to improve your spoken Chinese while staying in Beijing
Learn more about China through intercultural connections
If you want to properly learn Chinese, you have to get out of your comfort zone, start meeting new people and use the Chinese language on a daily basis. It may prove difficult to learn Mandarin, even if you are learning it in China. One of the hardest parts is to assess the quality of your pronunciation. Local people might not understand you sometimes, but you need to deal with it to become proficient and take for passion for Chinese to the next level.  That is why you have to embrace practicing what you have learned with your teacher and correct yourself. This way you will learn the language easier, faster, and most important, in an accurate way. To do so, you have to meet local people and interact with them. In this article, you discover the best way to practice Chinese in Beijing.   Find your Chinese friend  Today, connecting with other people is much easier than it was 20 years ago. That is why learning Chinese is much, much more comfortable now. You can find almost everything you...
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Question: Is it possible to change a Tourist visa to a Student visa in China?

Question: Is it possible to change a Tourist visa to a Student visa in China?
Arriving to China after getting your student visa
Let us suppose for just a minute that you are touring China. You have been studying Chinese and you discover a fantastic study program (let’s say like ours ) that seems perfect for you. You decide that you want to change your visa from one issued to you as a tourist to one that will allow you to remain in China as a student. Can you change your tourist visa into a student visa?   Unless you are related to a Chinese citizen, the answer is probably no. In some cases, even if you are related to someone in China, the answer might still be no. Some people might have been able to do this prior to 2012, but then the rules changed. It is not wrong to try, but you should keep a close eye on the expiration date for your tourist visa because there are some stiff penalties for staying past its expiration date. There are several reasons why you are unlikely to be able to go straight from having a tourist visa to gaining a student visa. ...
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How to Get a Working Visa in China

How to Get a Working Visa in China
applying for a Z Working Visa in China
  A how-to guide in obtaining a working visa and residence permit in 6 steps How to get a working visa in the second largest economy in the world? Interestingly, the Chinese government have made it easier for foreigners and expats to get a working permit but in fact it’s still not that easy.  Also, if you’re a company based in China and interested in hiring foreigners, the Chinese government requirements are not so easy to understand. So let us help you and simplify all information you may find in official government sources .  Here is what a company based in China is required to do in order to hire a foreigner and what foreigners must do to be eligible for employment by a company based in China:    Step 1: Apply For Alien Employment License  Applicant: Employer Where to apply: Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (HRSSB). Estimated time: up to 15 working days. If you’re a business owner or a company based in China, the first thing you’ll have to do to qualify for hiring a foreign expert...
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Do I need a visa to visit China? Yes. No. Maybe.

Do I need a visa to visit China? Yes. No. Maybe.
Check out this article for a comprehensive guide to visa-free entry policy according to relevant agreements and regulations. Travel can be very exciting. If you have always dreamed of visiting China – that fabled land of the orient which is home to so many grand traditions and also so much that is modern and new – your first step might be to determine whether you will need to apply for a visa in order to visit.   The answer to this question is somewhat complicated.  Some people will need a visa, and some will not. Whether you will need a visa depends, in part, on the locations you wish to visit, your circumstances and how long you wish to stay. There are various tests you can apply to help determine whether you might need a visa before visiting. If you are in doubt or have questions, be sure to contact the Chinese Visa Application Center or your travel agency.  Here are a set of questions that you can use to help determine your need for a visa in order to...
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