Illegal foreign teachers arrested in Shenzhen

According to the Shenzhen Daily, several foreigners have been arrested at English training centres on suspicion of working illegally in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen.


The bureau did not reveal how many foreigners had been arrested or give further details as investigations into the cases are still continuing.

At present, there are about 13,000 foreign residents living in Nanshan District, accounting for 42 percent of the expatriate population in the city.

According to the Shenzhen Administration of Foreign Experts, about 11,000 foreigners with valid work permits were employed in Shenzhen last year, accounting for about 60 percent of the city’s foreign-worker population.

The administration said that tutoring centers must be qualified to recruit and hire foreigners as teachers, and that only 100 such organizations in the city are qualified.

Foreigners in China must have relevant certificates in order to take up teaching jobs, including a valid work visa issued by the administration. Some teaching positions also require professional certification, such as the internationally acknowledged TEFL and TESOL certificates. [source]

h/t The Nanfang

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  1. So you don’t require a bachelors degree then to teach in China according to this article. . just some people need a TESOL certificate. .which anyone can get in a week.

    • The foreign expert certificate requires a bachelor’s. This is a requirement to get a residence permit, which is a requirement to have a job.

  2. How those white trash taken’ yet another beer — on a break from their jobs “teaching English” — must be sweating now.

    There are dozens of them in Shekou hangin’ out at “Chills”, many over fifty and, native English aside, utterly unemployable anywhere else.

    Ah, those were the days, gents.

    Time to go home.

    Another Qingdao, anyone?

  3. Seems that China doesn’t want foreigners chilling out anymore, the new visa regulations seem to indicate that much. I have some friends who don’t teach English but are still coming under hardcore scrutiny from the authorities.

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