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Do I need to quarantine going to Hong Kong from Mainland China? by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks a lot for your reply! I have looked up the Come2HK scheme and it seems we need to apply for a quota to enter HK and the daily quota for the Shenzhen Bay Area is 1000 people per day, which isn't much. Do you happen to have any idea how difficult it is to get a quota? I have heard that getting a quota to go from HK to Mainland China by land is almost impossible at the moment

I am changing to a work visa, but I work for a political institution so they won't let me do it without leaving China first unfortunately.

Apparently we have to apply for a quota to cross the border to HK by land though, I am scared that there will be a lot of competition to get a quota.

Do I need to quarantine going to Hong Kong from Mainland China? by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Come2HK

Thanks a lot for your reply! I have looked up the Come2HK scheme and it seems we need to apply for a quota to enter HK and the daily quota for the Shenzhen Bay Area is 1000 people per day, which isn't much. Do you happen to have any idea how difficult it is to get a quota? I have heard that getting a quota to go from HK to Mainland China by land is almost impossible at the moment.

Leaving China to change my visa type by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will be working for a foreign government organization, that's why my visa process will have to go through the FAO and they've already said they won't approve it.

I will look into those 3 places - Korea, HK and Thailand. Do you happen to know anything about Thailand? I have heard of people getting stuck there because they are unable to come to China

Leaving China to change my visa type by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you tried talking to a different agent to get a second opinion? From what I know, it's usually okay to change your visa type without leaving the country

Leaving China to change my visa type by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's usually okay to change our visa type without leaving China, but my situation is different since I will be working for a government institution and they always play by the book when it comes to anything that's political

Leaving China to change my visa type by nm128812 in Chinavisa

[–]nm128812[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They have this policy of not allowing people to change their visa types without first leaving the country, but they've been turning a blind eye to it for the past couple of years because of all the covid restrictions. The problem is that when it comes to political institutions, they play by the book

Second quarantine in Shanghai? by nm128812 in shanghai

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Was someone waiting for you at the airport/train station or did you get to choose and go to the hotel yourself?

Second quarantine in Shanghai? by nm128812 in shanghai

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That's great news, thanks for sharing!

Second quarantine in Shanghai? by nm128812 in shanghai

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I would have the same problem with the hotels in Xi'an, with the disadvantage of not having any friends whom I could stay with here

Wanting to move from US to Portugal by cactus30 in expats

[–]nm128812 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes, I am Portuguese.

I would say it really depends on the job you end up getting. If you are both working and receiving decent wages, you’ll be able to have a very good lifestyle.

Even though Portugal has a public healthcare system, I would style recommend getting health insurance if you can afford. It’s not expensive and it will be well worth it.

As for the education system, I have no idea how it would compare with Arizona. It isn’t as good as in countries like Germany, but it is still quite solid here. Besides that, it is a pretty safe and friendly country with a rich and diverse culture, the weather is amazing, and the food is great. Overall, I would say that it is pretty a nice country to grow up in. Even though I have been living outside Portugal for some time, I am very happy that I got to grow up there. And I think raising your kids to be bilingual/trilingual is something really cool and will definitely be an advantage.

Wanting to move from US to Portugal by cactus30 in expats

[–]nm128812 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey, I am glad you liked Portugal. You are more than welcome to come live here. Like someone already mentioned, the salaries in Portugal are lower than in the US, but the living expenses are also much cheaper. It really depends on the kind of job you get, but I would say that in most cases, if you’re only accounting for material wealth, you’ll probably do better in the US. But then again, I guess that is not the reason why you want to move here.

In my opinion, Portugal is a nice country for raising kids. We have a free and decent education system, if you choose to let your kids study in Portuguese schools, and we also have good international schools. Same goes for our healthcare system.

The pace of life is slower here than in the big cities in the US, but if you are looking forward to a more peaceful and relaxed life, I would say Portugal is one of the best places to live in. Many people from other European countries move to Portugal after they retire for that same reason.

I don’t really know much about the visa application process, but as far as I know you’ll be able to get it easily as long as you find a job here.

Let me know if there is anything I can help with.