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    My concern would be with the tutorial centre. Paying low wages, employing non native speaking teachers, sounds like it could be a poor centre and if pay is linked to their student numbers this could be a problem.


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    Mat makes a good point. We always assert that 20K is the minimum accepted salary by IMMD but exceptions exist. I remember a thread a long time ago about people with low income who still got working visas. The lowest I recall was around 12K. So you never know!

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    OP - of course it also depends what kind of lifestyle you currently have...

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    If you have the space in your life to give it a go - that's great!

    But, and I don't want to sound too patronising...

    • Don't assume you'll get the visa, and definitely don't assume you'll get it quickly. At best you'll be a borderline case, and as has already been mentioned, your passport will lead to extra scrutiny, so things could go slowly.
    • Don't let the centre talk you into working before you have the visa in hand. You would have less than no legal rights, and if things went pear-shaped, you could pretty much permanently spoil your chances of working in HK in the future.
    • Hong Kong is expensive in many ways. TheBrit takes it too far, plenty of people live perfectly decent lives here on that sort of money - but they're locals, or unskilled, not qualified foreigners, It depends on what sort of life you want to live, or what you expect, but that's not a lot of money to live a nice life on in HK.


    Finally, if you do manage to get a visa, unless things are really good where you are, I'd treat it as a stepping stone - start looking for something better pretty quickly, which shouldn't be too hard with your qualifications and experience.
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    With your qualifications, I think the issue is largely that this is not the time of year for hiring teachers in kindergartens.

    Having been bitten in the past, I am very wary of language centres who are always hiring: it means they can't keep their staff because of poor pay and conditions.

    As a former teacher, I would say start looking for jobs that will start in 2nd semester (after Christmas or Chinese New Year), in international kindergartens. You won't get a visa for an assistant teacher position, but I think your chances as a class would be OK in some of the kindergartens, and you should get at least 10K a month more than the current offer.

    It will also be better for you if you do not have a prior visa refusal against your name from the current offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chingleutsch
    With your qualifications, I think the issue is largely that this is not the time of year for hiring teachers in kindergartens.
    To be very blunt the main issue is that she is from the Philippnes...and in this town we all know what that means. Sadly.
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    It's a bit of a tricky issue. Should the OP try and find a better language centre to try her luck with? Or should she stick it out with the current one (as it supposedly has been successful in the past in recruiting other Filipino teachers)?

    As others have mentioned, there are a few warning signs that the current centre isn't all that great. On the other hand, finding positions in language centres from overseas is very difficult, you usually have to be here in person to make any progress.

    I'm honestly not sure which way I would go if I were in the OP's position.

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    HK$ 11000 = Pesos 62000 (Job in HK)
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    Pesos 20000 = HK$ 3571 (Good Job in Philippines)

    If I was the op i would take the offer to move to HK and like JMBF said have a go at it and in the mean while try to find a better centre to work as you are in HK so easier to go for interviews etc etc


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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia
    HK$ 11000 = Pesos 62000 (Job in HK)
    VS
    Pesos 20000 = HK$ 3571 (Good Job in Philippines)

    If I was the op i would take the offer to move to HK and like JMBF said have a go at it and in the mean while try to find a better centre to work as you are in HK so easier to go for interviews etc etc
    When you put it that way it makes sense

    However, I would still ask the centre for more information on the previous Filipino teachers that were successfully employed. What was their salary base? What were their qualifications? The centre should be able to answer these questions and perhaps shed a bit more light on the whole process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtbhotia
    HK$ 11000 = Pesos 62000 (Job in HK)
    VS
    Pesos 20000 = HK$ 3571 (Good Job in Philippines)
    I am unfamiliar with the cost of living in the Philippines but is it comparable to HK's ?...

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