Beijing has tightened regulations for foreigners working in the city and now requires teachers to have five years of relevant experience.
The government on Sunday announced a new hiring standard extending to all foreigners seeking employment in the capital, listed as follows:
— Aged between 18 to 60, with no criminal record.
— Bachelor’s degree or above with at least two years of relevant work experience. Teaching requires at least five years of relevant experience.
— Have a specific name for employer and a valid passport or other valid international travel documents.
— Hold a valid work permit, or a residence certificate for work.
However, the age limit for candidates applying for programs recruiting senior foreign experts to work in China is up to 65 years old.
According to the government, over 37,000 foreigners from the US, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Australia are working in Beijing, with 95 percent holding a bachelor degree or above. Previously, teachers were only required two years’ experience in the field.
The Neil Robison case in Beijing, among others of its kind, led to a demand for more rigorous background checks and stricter hiring practices for foreign teachers seeking a visa in China. Some suggested that China require foreigners seeking a work visa to obtain a notarized government background check, as South Korea and Vietnam do.
So far, it’s unclear how the government will deal with teachers holding Z visas who don’t meet the new standard.