It looks like the Chinese government is dead serious about finally enforcing its visa laws. Usually visa c*a*kdowns in China by the PSB last a month and only involve random visits to schools to inspect visas, but the last one that started in October of 2014 is still going on nation-wide. According to BTV news over 1, 650 illegal alien teachers were arrested in deported in 2014. See: http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2014/10/20/china_arrests_fake_foreign_teachers_esl_job_recruiters
But now they are using different ways to find the estimated 15,000 fake English teachers and although they have increased the random school visits they are now using fake job ad stings to lure teachers to fake interviews and then asked to see their passports. If there are no Z visa's inside their passports - off to jail they go. In less than a month they will be deported. If you do have a Z visa they ask to see your diploma to make sure it is genuine and not one of the many fakes sold by recruiters. A fake one will also get you arrested and deported See: http://www.realscam.com/f8/scam-alert-newworldesl-com-govt-sting-targeting-china-foreign-teachers-esl-tefl-job-recruiters-3546/
But the latest way they are catching the phony expat teachers is by paying 5,000 rmb rewards to teacher aides, teachers, and anyone else who turns in a fake teacher. The PSB says the program has been around for years and the only difference now is that they increased the reward monies by 80%. Some posters about the reward program are popping up in Chinese communities and subway stations showing a foreign teacher in handcuffs with a question at the top in Chinese? "Do You Want Fake Teachers Teaching YOUR Child?" with a toll free "hotline" listed at the bottom. My GF's brother received a similar flyer at his job with a Chinese bank. My guess is that we are bout to lose about 30% of all the foreign teachers now working in China and I don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing? I guess it depends on whether you have a Z visa and real diploma or not! See: http://eslwatch.info/forum/china/76-china-foreign-teachers-unite-report-fake-unqualified-teachers-to-the-psb.html
The genuine teachers that are qualified can demand a huge pay raise if the fakes are deported
There will be a huge shortage of foreign teachers in China
Advice to Management
Schools had better pay attention and tell all the recruiters to stop bringing teachers to China without Z Visas and genuine diplomas. Maybe if the PSB started fining the schools $10,000 for every fake teacher caught on their campus, this problem would stop quickly?