IF YOU ARE AN EXPAT TEACHER NOW WORKING IN CHINA OR PLANNING TO THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
Effective July 1st 2013, new visa laws take effect in China. The reform is extensive and every expat teacher should take 30 minutes to read these two links to fully understand the changes and - the consequences. This is serious stuff guys so pay attention.
The CFTU applauds the the 5 year visa concept which puts an end to all those expensive and inconvenient visa runs expat teachers are forced to make. However, considering the extremely low wages paid to foreign teachers in China, the China Foreign Teachers Union would like to see a central government legal mandate that compels all employers (especially schools) to provide new hire teachers a z visa BEFORE they land in China - and at their expense - not the teachers. This would eliminate about 50% of all teacher abuse and exploitation in China. But be warned that scammers are already selling phony 5 year visas online and with stickers posted all around universities.
These are counterfeit visas and under the new law visa agents are outlawed. So hang up immediately on anyone who claims to be a visa agent. Also if a private Chinese school asks you to turn over your passport so they can get you a visa do not comply with their request. Instead ask them who they want you to call or visit at the China PSB Visa Bureau or they may just stick a phony visa into your passport without your knowledge. No public or international school will attempt such a stunt however.
To see the changes in the law summarized point by point, please visit http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2013/06/china-foreign-teachers-union-issues.html