I got some great news today:
- the visa process is well on its way regarding the documents from China
- my company is looking for an apartment for me near the other expats’
- I received my job contract
It feels closer everyday!
Part of the paperwork I’m currently coping with is the one for the visa.
Going to China to work there means I must have a Z Visa. I’m quite surprised by the sheer number of documents I have to present, including the “Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit” and the paperwork that still need to be done in China to get the Residency Permit and then the multi-entry visa.
I won’t be living in one of the big cities like Beigjing, Shanghai, … where expats are quite common and where embassies and consulates are located. The nearest one will be about 2 hours by bus away.
I am not completely naive. I know that in many countries, the amount of paperworks is overwhelming and that it is troublesome to change a single piece of information in some others. In France, both issues are raised: many paperwork is needed (and the clerks are reluctant to give you the list) and the process is very poorly managed, forcing people to sleep in front of the doors every night to get a chance (and not more than a chance) to enter the next day.
I just happen just to have had to show my ID card to get into other countries so far.
There’s also another issue that is currently bothering me: the current “crackdown on foreign trash” campaign. To put it bluntly, due to misbehaviour from some foreigners, the Chinese officials are leading some “clean-up” operations on irregular foreigners (no visa, or not the right one) As far as I’ve been able to read, they seem to focus in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengin. But will it bring trouble to me to get the visa? And once there?
By the way, a farewell question for the truely english-speaking readers: is “Alien” a widely use word for foreigner? I only read it in Asia related articles but how is it elsewhere?
Yesterday was my last day. I left my two years’ job. I can now fully focus on migrating to China.
But I will not be taking some days off. Yet. Beginning monday, I’ll starting working for my new company during one month. Then, I’ll have some time for myself in July but will probably be busy for the departure
I forgot to mention that this training takes place 300km from Paris, were I’m currently living.
So today was some kind of a rehearsal, complete with paperwork, last minute shopping, … And of course packing and realizing that, finally, I quite liked my appartment. And managed to stuff it way too much.
A farewell question to you: how come a “mobile society” needs so many power cables?
Mobile phone, iPod, Laptop, Digital camera, razor, and counting…