Technically speaking, your employer CANNOT simply cancel your residency permit but they can certainly put a huge spanner in your wheels if you quit your job in bad blood. Heaven forbid they have friends in high places.
If you’ve done everything within your power to end your contract early in China on good terms, have politely requested a transfer letter and it still isn’t anywhere to be seen – you can take it up a notch.
First, schedule a meeting with the school administrators and go right over your employer’s head.
If that still doesn’t result in a transfer letter, you can file a formal complaint with SAFEA, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Feel free to mention this next step to the school administrators, or the employer, if they really won’t budge – sometimes, a mere mention of SAFEA is enough to get the wheels in motion.
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