“Trainees should not have a problem to get a Chinese tourist visa (L visa). A one-month tourist visa is common, which can be renewed in major cities without too much trouble, at least for a short time (say, a week). However, to convert a tourist visa (L visa) to a work (Z visa) is far more complicated and normally requires a departure from the mainland. For example, I had to take a flight to Hong Kong from Shanghai for a day to replace my business visa (F visa) with a work visa. I hope to avoid this in future! If trainees can find a job from Canada/USA, the agency or school will assist with the visa process, which is much easier than my experience. On arrival in China with a work visa, a residence permit will also be required and usually must be renewed each year”.
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