Student Visa Work Restrictions Lifted for International Students in China

In an attempt to attract more students at the higher education level, the MoE will now allow international students studying at Chinese universities to undertake part-time work while studying. Students must first seek approval from their university, as well as immigration authorities, but this is a positive step towards not only giving students more opportunities to work legally in China while studying, but also upon graduating from university. This will see many other benefits for China such as bolstering its domestic workforce development, and providing advantages for companies as they expand internationally.


The Beijing municipal government relaxed their employment policy last year, as many foreign students were working illegally, particularly as English teachers. Currently Beijing has 25,000 foreign students (excluding short-term exchange students), where even the highest percentage of foreign students at universities only amounts to 10%. In developed nations this figure is as high as 30%.

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