China Visa Preparation
Whilst it may seem a little daunting at first it’s actually quite straightforward once you understand how to proceed. We have partnered with companies who specialise in the whole process and make things easier for you to obtain your ChinaVisa.
All teachers must authenticate their:
- Degree Certificate
- ‘Criminal Record’ background check document
- TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate
How to get your documents notarised / legalised:
1. Prepare Your Documents
It is time to prepare all your required documents together for notarization and legalisation. Criminal record checks can be applied for online and can take up to a week to receive. You should already have your degree certificate now and completed your TEFL course online and received your accredited certificate back.
It is now time to send off these three documents for notarization and legalisation. It is to make sure that the documents are genuine and recognised as such by the government of your country and then in turn by the Chinese Embassy. If you wish to do this by yourself, it is a three-step process to get each document up to the requirements for a Chinese visa application.
Have your documents notarized by a solicitor or Public Notary in your home country. They will give you a letter of attestation attached to a copy of your documents.
These notarised documents now need to be sent to your government to check they are genuine. They will attach a stamped official certificate (an ‘apostille’) to your documents and send them back to you.
You can now take your prepared documents to the Chinese Embassy in your home country to legalise them. There is no postal service for this so you would need to take in person. It can be time-consuming and expensive to do each of these processes yourself, so we do recommend using an agent. They specialise in this process and will do all of the above in 7-10 days for you. If you are applying in the UK you can find more information here:
6. Visa Application
Your documents are now ready and meet all the requirements to start the China visa application process. Send scanned copies of your legalised documents to your new employer by email. They will then apply for your work permit at the provincial visa office in China. This can take about 20 days. They will then send you a copy of this work permit and an invitation letter which shows you have the legal right to work in China.
7. Getting the Visa
You can now apply for your visa at the China visa office in your country. (link to list of China visa consulates in native countries). Check you have all the correct documents here Visa for China. Many agents will do your visa for you, so you don’t have to visit in person. You can check online for the different service providers. Visas are usually sent back to you within a week. You can choose the express service if you need it quicker, but this will cost more.