Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

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Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby helenlily » 12 May 2011, 20:24

Bonjour
I am a French English teacher, I wish to settle down and work in Taiwan in September. I'm hoping to be able to get a working visa.
I have a green card (my husband is Texan.) and I've been told that a TEFL/TESOL would greatly help? Would it get me a visa do you think? What are my chances? What is the best thing that I could do now to help my situation? ( I don't have any teaching certificate yet)
Thank you
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby bababa » 12 May 2011, 20:51

You're supposed to have a passport from one of the officially approved English-speaking countries - for example, the USA - not just a green card. Still, that's just for a legal job. You should be able to get an illegal job no problem. I interviewed at one school where the owner was very proud that their English teacher had a green card; he seemed to think that meant the guy was an American.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby Abacus » 12 May 2011, 21:54

I would consider it unlikely that you'll be able to get a legal job since the only legal job is teaching French. but if your husband is working then you should get an ARC/NHI and don't have to worry about visa runs. And I'm pretty sure that kindergartens would hire you although it would be illegal and you would face deportation if caught.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby helenlily » 17 May 2011, 00:03

Thank you.
I guess I could start with an illegal job and no visa run since my husband's visa will allow me to stay.
And so you think that even a green card combined with a teaching certificate would not increase my chances?
I would love to heat that is does, it's my optimistic side.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby steelersman » 17 May 2011, 00:06

Your best bet would be to get qualified to teach French. Then you could find a legal job as a French teacher.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby Abacus » 17 May 2011, 00:17

helenlily wrote:Thank you.
I guess I could start with an illegal job and no visa run since my husband's visa will allow me to stay.
And so you think that even a green card combined with a teaching certificate would not increase my chances?
I would love to heat that is does, it's my optimistic side.


It doesn't. The laws are pretty clear that you have to be from one of the six countries that are considered native speaking. You could get a job to teach French like was suggested but I'm guessing that you would probably be looking at 4-6 hours/wk since there isn't that much demand. The other option is to start setting up privates (also illegal but difficult to bust) in French or English. the important thing is that you have an ARC thru your husband though.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby steelersman » 17 May 2011, 00:34

Abacus wrote:
helenlily wrote:Thank you.
I guess I could start with an illegal job and no visa run since my husband's visa will allow me to stay.
And so you think that even a green card combined with a teaching certificate would not increase my chances?
I would love to heat that is does, it's my optimistic side.


It doesn't. The laws are pretty clear that you have to be from one of the six countries that are considered native speaking. You could get a job to teach French like was suggested but I'm guessing that you would probably be looking at 4-6 hours/wk since there isn't that much demand. The other option is to start setting up privates (also illegal but difficult to bust) in French or English. the important thing is that you have an ARC thru your husband though.


There are some French cram schools. One may be able to find more than six hours of work a week but you will probably definitely have to live in Taipei.

Your best bet would be to try to get an M.A. in Teaching French before you head over if you have the time and resources. Then you might land a job teaching French at a university.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby helenlily » 18 May 2011, 13:12

I unfortunately do not have the time or resources to get any certificate in French right now and I am in India.

I'll definitely get a legal stay through my husband and then.. well, here and there I will work for sure. I feel confident to be able to get hired and/or do privates.

Thanks for your help everyone :bow: :thumbsup:
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby sandman » 18 May 2011, 13:35

Yes, you'll get a Joining Family Residence Visa based on your husband's status. But you need to remember that as he is not a Taiwan national, your JFRV does NOT entitle you to work. It only allows you to stay here with him. So anything you do work-wise will be illegal unless you get your own work permit, etc.
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Re: Non-native seeking teaching job and visa

Postby guyondebike » 22 May 2011, 21:00

JFRV does give you open work rights same as a Taiwanese,you just need to be a teacher to teach any language,if your school gets raided you will be ok as your legally here,unlike teachers on a tourist visa with NO work permit ARC etc
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