唐人社区-北美华人论坛-外国人在中国版-No visa, but a working residence permit - am I legal?|
I'm in a bit of a strange spot visa-wise at the moment. I'm currently working in a middle school in Beijing, and I'm unsure as to whether or not I'm doing so legally. Normally I'd play things conservatively and assume the worst, but my situation's a bit peculiar - hear me out;
I was on an extended holiday in Australia when my contract to work came through and I dutifully signed it, where the process of then applying for the working permit and invitation letter began. Worth noting is that I made extensive checks with the CVASC in Melbourne prior to heading over to ensure that they would process my Z visa (despite being a UK national), to which they said yes. Having had an X2 visa processed there the year prior, I took this as a good sign.
The Beijing Entry/Exit Bureau were happy enough to send me a work permit (redeemable at any CVASC in Australia), but unwilling to send me my invitation letter as I wasn't in my home country at the time. Awkwardly, they then refused to submit a new working permit valid for redemption in the UK - as a result, I couldn't even head home to get a Z-visa.
Skip forward two months after extensive calls with SAFEA and the CEAIE, and I'm in China commencing training on a tourist visa. At the end of training, my handler from the school takes me to the entry/exit bureau where we explain what's happened fully - that I have all the correct paperwork, health checks, qualifications and whatnot, but that I'm lacking an invitation letter due to not being in the UK at the time of application.
The entry/exit bureau smiles sympathetically and takes my passport. They tell me to come back in a week.
I return next week to find my L-visa cancelled, but a three-month residence permit labelled 'purpose of stay: 工作' on the very next page. My school plans to use this permit to apply for a foreign expert certificate, and after that a Z-visa.
What I would like to know - and what I'd rather avoid asking the police about - is whether or not it's legal for me to work in Beijing at the moment. While I'm fine in terms of residency here, not having a foreign expert certificate (let alone a Z-visa) is somewhat worrying. This is only exacerbated knowing that the work permit situation is changing for foreigners in major cities next month.
Any ideas? Fear the immiraid or no?