We just received word from an American foreign teacher in Jiangxi province who reports having successfully converted a business (F-) visa to a Z-visa in Hong Kong.
He used an agent by the name of Tommy Hu with an office inside the Alisan Guest House at Hoi Toi Court 3 on Hong Kong Island; telephone number is 852-2574-8068. The total cost of the Z-visa was HK$1500. The best part is that the school paid for the total cost of the trip and visa.
This is the first report we have received since the 2008 Summer Olympic Games of a successful “visa run” to Hong Kong. Whether these results are generalizable and can be expected by all foreign teachers in China hoping to convert an L- or F-visa to a Z-visa is anyone’s guess. And, of course, things do change in China from week to week. If you are considering this option, it would probably be wise to give Tommy Hu a call before traveling to Hong Kong.
The teacher who reported this experience believes that this solution is only currently available to American and British passport holders. Of course, your safest bet is still to obtain a Z-visa from home before moving to China for the purpose of earning income.
If you too have had a recently successful experience with a visa run to Hong Kong, please do report it here.