The importance of understanding your visa while studying abroad
Someone I know very well here in Beijing had some semi-serious visa problems this past week. He looks exactly like me and his name rhymes with “mate”, but for anonymity purposes, let’s refer to him as Norman. Long story short, Norman didn’t quite have a good grasp on his visa situation, he discovered that it expired a long time ago, and in order to stay in the country, his options were to pay a hefty fine either with cash or time in a jail cell. He’s extremely lucky and was able to borrow the money to pay the fine and get a new visa, but to help you avoid the same mistake (and time in a jail cell), I wrote this post which covers both the specifics of the Chinese student visa as well as general tips on how to ensure you don’t end up like “Norman”.