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How updated does your passport have to be?

 
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rioux



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:20 am    Post subject: How updated does your passport have to be? Reply with quote

Mine will expire in March of 2015.
If I sign on with a school from September 2014 to June 2015 when will I need to have my passport updated?
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muffintop



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before you sign that contract you'd need a new passport I *think*.

Can't imagine the PSB giving an RP covering dates that you do not currently have a valid passport for.
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muffintop



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My assumption was incorrect.

This thread should help.
http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=101815&highlight=passport
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Sir Winston



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most schools want to see at least one year remaining on your passport before they offer you a contract.
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Javelin of Radiance



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sir Winston wrote:
Most schools want to see at least one year remaining on your passport before they offer you a contract.

No they don't. If your passport will expire during a contract you'll get a residence permit to take you to the time your passport expires. You'll get another residence permit to take you to the end of your contract once you get the new passport. Schools don't care when your passport expires, immigration officials do, but an expiring passport still won't prevent you from getting a job. Where do people come up with some of this stuff?
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muffintop



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Javelin of Radiance wrote:
Where do people come up with some of this stuff?

Stop for a moment and think about it. Forget the law...forget your experiences. If you were an employer would you be quick to sign an FT who only had 3 or 6 months on their passport for a 10 or 12 month job? I wouldn't. I'd wonder why the hell the FT didn't take care of their business earlier and spare me any potential headaches mid contract.
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Javelin of Radiance



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

muffintop wrote:
Javelin of Radiance wrote:
Where do people come up with some of this stuff?

Stop for a moment and think about it. Forget the law...forget your experiences. If you were an employer would you be quick to sign an FT who only had 3 or 6 months on their passport for a 10 or 12 month job? I wouldn't. I'd wonder why the hell the FT didn't take care of their business earlier and spare me any potential headaches mid contract.

Maybe it depends where you come from but some government agencies won't renew a passport until it has less than six months on it or it's full, or you have less than a year and can show you're about to go on extended travel. If I personally wanted an employee to do a job, a soon to expire passport would be the least of my worries regarding their qualifications or suitability. I'd feel differently if the person is still in their home country or had no history in China (or some similar scenario), but someone with less than six months on a passport probably isn't going to get a Z visa on that passport anyway. Too many "ifs" and "maybes" to consider for consistent answers across the board. As to the original statement "Most schools want to see at least one year remaining on your passport before they offer you a contract." sez who?


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muffintop



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. I won't try to claim what most schools would or wouldn't do. Only what I would do.

This isn't the first time we agree and disagree with each other at the same time. Razz

I guess it comes down to whoever does the hiring if the PSB is out of the equation.
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Javelin of Radiance



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Factoring in all the variables, the number of possible outcomes of any given situation in China are almost impossible to calculate Very Happy
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Non Sequitur



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the cost per year of a passport so horrendous that getting it renewed to avoid problems is an issue?
Don't live close to the line in China. Where you can have a margin of safety get it.
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