Yes, during the phone-interview with the two (Shanghai-based)
company ladies, another somewhat, er, questionable, condition of
their employment was given to me.
Their company-policy requires that new trainers/teachers get to China on a
Tourist visa, and then later that person is send to HK to obtain the proper Z Visa.
But, correct me if I'm wrong here - wouldn't just being there, in their TC (school),
physically being on their premises and on their books, teaching students, etc,
whilst on a Tourist visa - be a fairly-risky position to be in? (I'd say, "yes!").
Ok, after the phone-call, I'd pretty-much decided this wasn't for me, yet I still sent this email to them to clarify some aspects of the HK visa-run:-
"Do you know, approximately how long it would take to obtain this in HK? ( we need around 1 month to get the documents for the visa in China after you come, and it will take 1-2days in HK to get it )I do appreciate the proposal you made to enable me to do this - I'm sorry to
say that I really haven't much money at this time. Did you mean that the school would advance me the
funds for the Hong Kong trip, and then deduct it from the teaching salary? (Yes, the school can advance you the funs then in condition that the Financial Apartment (sic) will keep your passport till it is deducted from the salary)
And, would you know - approximately - what that Visa fee is in Hong Kong?( the Visa Fee is varied depending on how long you would like the visa done, if you need it be done in one day or twom days, you need to pay a little more fore that, well, there is not much differences, cause the visa application fee will be reimbursed after you fulfill one years contract with the school, you just need to pay for the transportation to HK and maybe one night accommodation in HK. )
Love the Chinglish. I won't be going near these people, of course. sigh......