Legally in China, your employer does not have to transfer your work permit across to your new employer. This can leave you stuck and quite possibly having to restart the Z-VISA process, making you go back to your home country. However, there are actions you can take to mitigate a long stay in your home country and allow for a smooth, well-planned transition into your new teaching role with only a short stop-over.
Firstly, we recommend that you start your criminal check again early. This document can be valid for up to 6 months in the eyes of the Chinese government, meaning your current one is invalid. Have this applied for three months before the end of your contract, and have it posted directly to a public notary. They can notarise it for you and send it to the Chinese embassy with the other documents you’ve provided to make a successful application, without you having to leave China.
Secondly, provide your new employer with all your documents early, including your newly completed criminal check. You can see examples of finished ones below. It will take your employer 7 working days to apply for your work permit, an important document for your Z-VISA application.
Now, you’re ready to go back to your home country for a quick stop over at the VISA application centre. Remember to pre-book your appointment as some locations get very busy and need you to book an appointment for up to three weeks in advance.