InternChina (Qingdao) gets SMACKED
The questionable internship placement practices of InternChina in Qingdao has finally caught up with them.
Recently several of their Qingdao interns were questioned by Chinese authorities and given 10 days to return back to their home country.
Intern China provides internship placement services in Qingdao, Zhuhai, and Chengdu. Below is an excerpt from an email distributed by InternChina to its Qingdao interns after the incident.
From: Jamie Bettles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Update on your visas in Qingdao
… There is one unfortunate request I have to make to you, which I really don’t like to do, but in these circumstances it’s important that you are fully informed: It is not legal to get paid as an intern in China. This is a loophole which we cannot avoid as many of our partner companies want to reward their interns with some allowance towards their daily living expenses and of course we think it’s better if companies can pay a little allowance to interns.
However, for visa purposes it is not allowed and there is no visa available to foreign students coming to China for a paid internship. Therefore I must unfortunately ask those of you who are receiving any kind of allowance to not mention this in the unlikely situation that you are stopped by the police. If you tell them that you are being paid, the worst case scenario would be that your visa could be made invalid and you would be forced to leave China within 10 days. …
If you are interested in doing an internship anywhere in China, including Qingdao, it is suggest that you contact the local business directly, as they are the ones that should be issuing you the invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa.
The use of such services as InternChina or any other type of head hunter that makes a profit on your experience as an intern is NOT recommended. As a paid intern you should never be issued an “F” or “X” or “L” VISA. According to regulations F or X Visa’s can be issued for non-paid internships:
www.chinaconsulatesf.org: ”Business Visa (F Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for a visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology or culture, advanced study, or internship for a period of no more than 6 months. Student Visa (X Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced study or internship for a period of more than 6 months.”