With the increased desire for Native English speaking foreign teachers, by the government, and the new laws that were recently passed that non-native foreigners had to have a university degree from a native English speaking country, the Chinese government will soon be announcing the newest law changes that take effect May 1st, 2016.
Foreign teachers in China, after the last laws change, who had a foreign expert certificate (FEC) were safe from the law because they would be able to renew their FEC so long as they continued to work for the same school but if they had changed employers, the teacher would have to start the visa and foreign expert certificate process from the beginning. Meaning, if the foreigner didn’t qualify under the new regulations, the foreign teacher would be disqualified for a FEC and unable to teach in China. This has now changed, starting May 1st, any non-native English speaking foreign teacher who has a foreign expert certificate will not be able to renew their FEC and visa, even if they are still with the same employer.
This new law will decrease the number of foreign teachers, teaching English in China, extremely quick since visas are only available for terms of one year at a time. Most foreigners’ visas and foreign expert certificates (FEC) will expire the end of this school year, generally between July and August. At the moment, we have no way to figure out how this will affect the education market but our office is trying to stay a head of the situation. Presently, our company, employs 60% non-natives and 40% native speakers, so we are keeping a close eye on the visa laws for China and Shanghai.
That all said, the final details to the new government visa/FEC changes should be publicly announced in the coming week or two by the national media.
May 6th UPDATE for the new regulations
Very Good News from the foreign expert certificate office… The government will allow non-native English speaking foreigners to renew their FEC and visa with the same company they presently work for, so long as the company provides an extremely good recommendation letter with the renewal application… this is very good news for the non-natives that work for our company…the FEC website has been down since May 1st… Our company representative to the FEC office (Ben) went to their office today to get the news.