Internships in China

It’s important to come to China on the right visa.  The internet is awash with poor advice regarding visas for internships and so for new to China interns, it can be a real minefield.  As was pointed out recently in a recent article by Asia Options on tips for interns seeking a visa in China, there are a number of key issues that need to be considered:

  • don’t come to China on the wrong visa.  Lot’s of these fly-by-night intern companies tell would-be prospects that a holiday visa is fine.  Well…guess what…it is far from fine.  If you are caught with one and are working (even without pay) in a company, you maybe deported and the company will most likely be fined
  • seek out complentary educational possibilities.  If you are a student at a foreign university, ask your university for help with a written request to the Exit-Entry bureau
  • seek long term educational possibilities in China and work on a study visa

One more I heard recently was that the Exit-Entry bureau maybe granting visas to students who are willing to enrol in semester long Chinese language programs at nationally recognised Chinese universities (eg. Jiatong in Shanghai).  Just heresay for now…but well worth a follow up.

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