What You Need To Transfer A Work Visa To Another Company
Recently, Robert Vance wrote an article entitled How To Quit Your ESL Job in China in which he described the best way to say goodbye to a job that you do not like or that you simply cannot continue doing due to personal reasons. While the article covered most everything you should know about leaving, heforgot to include what you should take with you when you leave, especially if you are planning on finding another teaching job in China.
Make sure that you walk out the door with a copy of your medical certificate and a copy of your expert’s certificate. Your new company must have these copies in order to transfer your old work visa. Do not assume that your old company will just hand over these documents to your new employer (even though they are legally required to do so) in a timely manner. Recently, as I was applying for a new job, I discovered that my old company had lost my medical certificate and was having a hard time locating my expert’s certificate. It was not a matter of my old company not wanting to help me but rather a case of ‘mass disorganization.’ I had unfortunately neglected to make copies of these items and as a result, I had to go to the hospital for another physical exam and I was in danger of not being able to obtain a new work visa at all. Fortunately, my company found my expert’s certificate at ‘the last moment’ and my new company was able to put my paperwork into the government just in time. Their failure to find my medical certificate however, cost me over 500 RMB in medical expenses.
Your old company will also have to provide a ‘recommendation’ letter which includes your personal information as well as some comments about your quality of teaching. This letter can be faxed to your new company but must be later sent in the mail. As I have written about in the article about leaving your ESL job, it is important to try at least maintain some level of civility with your old company so that you can receive this on time and hopefully have a decent review. However, I have heard that if for some reason your old school ‘drags their feet’ at providing this form, there are ways to ‘get around it.’
Having a work visa transferred to a new school should be a fairly straightforward process as long as your old company is ‘on the ball.’ Just make sure that you keep a copy of your medical certificate and expert’s certificate or you may find yourself in some big trouble like I did recently.