A long haul in Beijing

It has been a long haul in Beijing since October 2011, last year, when I decided to set up LookSee Communications Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

Although I blogged on May 20 that the company had been established and I had received my Alien Emoployment Permit I was only issued a Residence Permit valid for some seven (7) weeks when I was expecting two years or perhaps six (6) months.

When the question “Why?” was asked the response was an oblique “There is a problem with your address.”

“What problem?

“Apply again and you will find out.” Yikes.

So I have applied again. I had an interview last Friday. The issue of the company address was discussed with me. And I have been told that I will be issued a Residence Permit but they were not sure of the length of stay. I am scheduled to pick up the Residence Permit on July 18. Two days from now.

I have spent the past weeks going from one company to another trying to find representation onky to be told that because I had had someone representing me before another company could not now pick up my file. Wow!

However I did manage to get some great advice from a company after the President stopped laughing. “Man, I have never seen a 7 week Residence Permit before. This is amazing!” He called in a couple of his consultants to show them my file. “Can I write blog about your situation?” he asked?

So I will see what happens in a few days.

In the meantime of course I have not been able to work in Beijing. Many people foreigners do work here illegally but I did not want to take any chances. So I have been cleaning up websites and re-arranging my plans and getting ready to launch a couple of new projects.

To say that the last few months has been stressful both emotionally and financially would be an understatement. But, I am here to write about it.