Perhaps you've made up your mind to come to China, marry here, get a job here, and live in here. We've gathered some tips on issues which may concern you when it comes to living here. This article is for those who know much about and for those who don't know anything.
> Is it possible to work in China?
While the global economic downturn has forced businesses around the world to downsize operations, economy in China is still booming. Big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai are financial and adminstration hubs. All big investment banks, commercial banks, large foreign retail and consumer companies have offices in the country. You'll be surprised to see that business district has been coming up with high-rise buildings and business centers in many cities.
Teaching English can be particularly lucrative and popular, and there are opportunities for editing, proofreading, freelance writing, IT work and other skilled works. Pay and conditions vary greatly depending on location, experience and qualifications. Free accommodation, provided by the employer, is common. If you plan to work in China, research very carefully. Take great care in your selection of employer; broken contracts and general unscrupulousness and dishonesty are common.
Most foreigners work in China through international development charities such as VSO (www.vso.org.uk), which can provide you with useful experience and the chance to learn Chinese. Other useful places to start looking for positions include Chinajob.com (www.chinajob.com), Chinaonline (www.chinaonline.cn.com). Chinacities.com (jobs.eChinacities.com) and China Semester (www.ChinaSemester.com). To legally work in China, you will require a work permit.
> How can I get a work permit in China?
Work Visa (Z-visa) is issued to a foreigner who is to take up a post or employment in China. Different documents are required for the visa application when different employment positions are taken up. In general, you should provide Visa Notification issued by an authorized unit in China (original). Other required documents for the work permit application vary, depending on the industries you are in.
Besides needing all the right paperwork, you (and your spouse) must also pass a health exam (for which there is a charge). Families are automatically included once the permit is issued, but there is a fee for each family member. If you lose your card, you'll pay a hefty fee to have it replaced.
You are suggested to check with your potential employers and go to the nearest Chinese embassy to check out the latest requirements. Please note that it is illegal to work with a tourist visa. Make sure you have a legitimate work visa after you arrive and work.
> What about the costs of living in China?
China is an inexpensive country to visit by almost any standards. However, as the economy has been booming in recent years, it is not impossible to find somewhere far more expensive than the West. Of course, it depends on where you go, how you spend your money.
In big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, there's almost no limit to the amount you could spend. Because there are so many good places to splurge. Although salary in China is a bit depressed, expats can usually get paid higher. With the stuff which are fantastically cheap, expats usually will find that living their life in China can be quite comfortable.
> How can I be granted the residence status?
Permanent Residence Visa (D-visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who has been approved by a China's public security organ to reside in China permanently. Go to the nearest Chinese Embassy to check the latest details of the application.
Please note that a permanent residence confirmation form is required. You or your designated relatives in China may obtain this form from the exit-and-entry department of the municipal or county public security bureau where you intend to reside. You may also need to provide former Chinese visas (if you have any) along with other files the counsels request.
However, to see whether you are qualified for the Permanent Residence Visa, you are strongly suggested to check with the Chinese Embassy or the related Chinese Visas Authorities.