Collect Your Tax Info
Before leaving China, head to a local tax-bureau office and pick up a document detailing your salary received and taxes paid monthly/annually since you started working—legally, mind you—in that city.
It’s free, and all you’ll only need to bring is your passport. State what month or year you’d like it to start from and they’ll print it. Plus, they’ll provide the official China government stamp, which as we all know is God.
You should get a stamped tax sheet from your company, too.
What the Heck is a Humanitarian Visa Anyways?
How about switching over to a Humanitarian Visa? It’ll give you a month-long extension you can desperately use.
Here’s what you’ll need: 1. Passport, 2. Temporary Residence Form from a local police station, and 3. a Certificate of Employment showing your last day of work. The government office will either extend your visa 1 month from that last date, or from your visa’s expiration date.
My case: My visa ended March 7th. I visited the government office March 6th. After turning in my passport and documents, I received a receipt that was valid as identification and could be used for travel. My passport was ready for pick up by March 15th. My visa was extended until April 5th. The fee was 160RMB in Shanghai. Boo-yah.
Don’t Forget that Letter of Recommendation
P.S. You know the drill—sometimes the boss is too busy so you may just have to write it yourself and have him/her sign it.
Get Your Deposit Back from Those Public Bike Accounts
Close Those Bank Accounts … But, Not all?
Sell Your Shit
My suggestion? Don’t start high as hell like I did and lower the price as you go. People just won’t buy it. Start at a reasonable price you think it may sell for, then lower it to the price you know people will actually buy it at.
Take Some Last Photos & Videos for Memories and Social Media
Do You Need a Local Non-Criminal Record Check?
To get a local non-criminal record in China, you’ll need to head over to a notary bureau. Bring your 1. Passport, 2. Temporary Resident’s Form, 3. Employment Permit/Expert Certificate, 4. Work Contract, 5. Certificate of Employment, 6. Tax Summary Sheet from the government, and 7. a stamped Non-Criminal Record document from your employer, which is provided by the bureau..
You’ll need to wait at least 10 days for your criminal record and pay a fee
Online Tutoring / Focus Groups / Temp Jobs = Extra Money
One thing you should do before leaving China is connect with online English tutoring jobs to earn extra income. There are plenty operating in China, and if you’ve worked as an ESL teacher there, you may want to sign up before you leave, because once you arrive at home, you’ll probably lose interest! And that’s from experience!
Other options you can try once at home are working at temp agencies and joining focus groups, which pay you for your opinions.
Transfer & Exchange Money … Uh-oh
Even at banks, you can only exchange your Renminbi to foreign currencies on specific days, and you may even have to make an appointment!
So, either send money home via bank transfer weeks in advance, exchange your money at a local bank in advance, and/or take your RMB cash home for exchange, of course, all things depending on how much money you have and the amount you can carry on the plane.
Don’t wait to the last minute to get this one done!
Take precaution though, and use a VPN. And if you’re not comfortable, just don’t do it at all. I just had to say that, you know, just cause.