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    China Student Visa Update: X Marks the What?

    In late 2013 China changed its visa system for foreign aliens. This piece offers a simple related update, focusing on three key points as applying to students: 1) Explanation of the new X1 vs X2 visas; 2) Can students now work in China?; 3) Can students work in China after graduating with a Chinese degree? 1.     X1 vs X2 Visas. Previously short-term student visitors to China held F visas, and long-term students held X visas. Now short-term (periods less than 6 months) students hold X2 visas. Long-term students (greater than six months) hold X1 visas. According to the Law and Border blog, X2 visa holders must register with their local Public…

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    The Leaning Tower of Shanghai’s PISA Scores

      Education headlines this week have been dominated by the success of Shanghai high school students in this year’s PISA survey. If only journalists had asked those top scoring students about sampling issues, they may have learned that comparing Shanghai students to the otherwise national surveys included in the study is, well, something top scoring maths students would not likely do.