I got a postdoc position at age 34 years in China. My documents are verified and I got the invitation letter. My employer applied for a work permit which is in process. I am waiting for that to apply for Z visa. But it is delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel ban. If it is delayed further I will be more than 35 years which is supposed to be maximum age limit for postdoc. Can I still get the position?

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    Ask the institution offering it. They should know if anyone does.
    – Buffy
    May 23, 2020 at 22:06
  • Age limit set by whom? May 23, 2020 at 22:40
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    Universities follow a rule of the age limit May 23, 2020 at 23:36

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In general Chinese universities are rather ageist, and treat age restrictions very seriously. It is likely that you would not get the position due to your age. However, there are many workarounds you can discuss with your potential advisor, such as getting a position as a 研究员 or 副研究员 (like a staff researcher or staff scientist) that don't have age limits, but also might not have the federal government salary support that foreign postdocs are eligible for in China. You would have to discuss with your potential advisor to see if such an option is available to you.

Having said that, the pandemic changes the rules for everything, so there is a possibility that in this special circumstance an exception might be made, you'd have to discuss with your advisor and see how willing they would be to spend political capital to secure the exception for you.

  • But I already have the offer letter. I just wait for my visa application foe which I need the work permit that is still under process. I am 34 when I was offered the position May 24, 2020 at 2:19
  • if you already have a contract, then you should be fine, assuming the government allows foreigners to enter China again within the contract period. May 24, 2020 at 5:36
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    @SayanBiswas If you know anything about the government, you will know they can change the rules whenever they feel like it. Dec 25, 2021 at 20:32

It is the University that has the age limit, not the Chinese government who issues the visa. For example, the postdoctoral research fellowships offered through the PIFI scheme at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have an age limit of 40 years (current announcement).

If your employer is still offering you the position, and you don't have other reasons you would be rejected for the visa, I expect it should go through.


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