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I've noticed a number of English A's who went to CI programs in China and subsequently found work on the Beijing/Shanghai markets and did pretty well for themselves as freelancers (as someone else mentioned, there is not a huge CI market in North America). But to work in those markets, they would need a visa, and I am not aware of a clear-cut program for freelancer visas in China. Nonetheless, they are working on the freelancer market - how are they doing it?

asked 07 Jul '15, 06:43

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Not that many of them. Some had visas from side jobs, some had visas from setting up their own companies, and some may well have had 'partner' visas from being married to a Chinese national, although that technically doesn't entitle you to work.

This is an issue for freelancers in Beijing in general - written translators, freelance journalists ('stringers') and other freelancers such as artists, art curators etc. may have more thoughts to offer.

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answered 14 Aug '15, 17:39

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With regards to 'side jobs', I've seen foreign interpreters teaching at a university and using that visa to work as freelancers. It doesn't look particularly hard to get a position and appears to leave time for freelancing full time. I was under the impression that was the legal way to go about it. This is just my guess, so it would be good to hear that visas aren't a serious obstacle to legally freelancing in Beijing or Shanghai.

I have heard of one person setting up a company for interpretation, but that seems very onerous for someone just starting out.

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