Hiring teachers while ARC is being processed - a buxiban owner’s perspective:
My wife and I bought a language school last September. Although the school had previously used illegal teachers before, we were determined to do things on the up and up - our first teacher was legal, but we knew we would have to get a new teacher for the next semester, as our legal teacher was going to be leaving the country. Two months before the end of the semester, we had a teacher lined up - a Forumosan and a great guy - we were very happy that we were able to bring him on board. On the last day of the previous teacher’s class, and after many training sessions our teacher-to-be sent me an e-mail stating that due to a change of heart, he would not be able to satisfy our scheduling requirements, leaving us without a teacher on the weekends, and not enough hours for a new teacher to get visa’d up. I told him that it had to be an all or nothing arrangement, and he understood, even graciously giving up his pay for the classes that he sat in on as part of his training.
This was a sensitive time for me as a school owner - it was our first tuition collection from the students, and I knew we would lose some due to the change in ownership, and I wanted to minimize those losses as much as possible. I was lucky to find another stellar Forumosan and started him on the classes right away, and put the ARC application process into motion. I wasn’t too worried about any repercussions, because of some good guanxi with the Foreign Affairs Police, but I was still uncomfortable with the situation. Everything is alright now, our teacher has his ARC in hand, nice and legal, but it would be nice if the gov’t could cut teachers a little slack in this regard.
If foreigners had open work rights the way Green Card holders in the US do, this wouldn’t be so much of a problem - work permits could be applied for independently of any job opportunities. However, as long as teachers are tied to one employer, the current system makes it almost impossible for both the teacher and the employer to be 100% legal all the time, no matter how good their intentions are.