Can I Take a Part-time Job in China during the Pandemic?

Can I Take a Part-time Job in China during the Pandemic?
Can I Take a Part-time Job in China during the Pandemic?

You can’t take a part-time job in China during the pandemic. As most of the training centers or international schools are still close, almost all the foreigners who act as teachers in China remain idling.

Facing the unpredictable salary and slimmer wallets, have you considered to do a part time job?


Can I ? 

SORRY, YOU CAN’T .

Theoretically, you can only work for the employer who deals with the formalities for your working permit.

Source: Article 24 The employer of the foreign employee in China shall be the same as specified in his Employment License. 
Rules for the Administration of Employment of Foreigners in China
第二十四条 外国人在中国就业的用人单位必须与其就业证所注明的单位相一致。《外国人在中国就业管理规定》 

But what if I work as a tutor for some kids, rather than work for any company?

SORRY, YOU CAN’T . 

Individual has no right to hire a foreigner and apply for working visa for him/her.

Source: Article 34 Individual economic organizations and private citizens are prohibited from employing foreigners.

Rules for the Administration of Employment of Foreigners in China 第三十四条 禁止个体经济组织和公民个人聘用外国人。《外国人在中国就业管理规定》 

China has never modified any laws and regulations about the employment of foreigners with regard of this issue in this epidemic. If you were held illegal working in China, you may involve a lot of trouble. (see more from What Happens if I was Caught Working Illegally in China?  ) 

You may feel sad or desperate to read this. How can I survive the endless “vacation”?

Maybe you can take some videos and upload to short-video apps for tipping. It is the first step that costs troublesome, but when your fans increase, your every effort gets reward. 

Are tips legal ?

As a lawyer, I’ve never read any laws banning the tips to foreigners. If you really worry about its legality, the videos would at least make you more popular among Chinese. 

Besides recording and uploading short videos, live streaming is another good way to attract attentions. You may also invite your students to attend. Maybe they would like to tip you, too.


 How can I deal with the amount from tips ?

If you really accumulate a large amount, you shall file your income and pay the income tax.  

Em____mm, I admitted that I am off the topic. But do you get any point about your part time job?

All in all, you don’t have to do a job. You can help others for some tips, donations, some compensation. In order to avoid the misunderstanding of the authority, you could even ask cash each time. 

More questions?

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