NEW ZEALAND

STEP 1 - EMAIL SCANS OF VISA DOCUMENTS TO CHINA

The first step of the Z visa process involves sending colour scans of the required documents to your placement company. Your assigned Visa Handler, as well as our team at Teach ESL Korea/China, will help guide you through this process. Once all your scans are received, your placement company will apply for the Notification of Work Permit letter at the China Foreign Experts Bureau on your behalf. 

Highest Degree

Colour Copy

Authenticated by the Chinese Consulate/Embassy. You must bring your original degree to China with you.

A colour photocopy of either a Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate degree must be notarized by a notary in New Zealand, authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), and finally authenticated by the Chinese embassy or consulate in New Zealand. The Chinese embassy will not accept black and white copies.

 

Non-Criminal Background Check

Authenticated by the Chinese Consulate/Embassy. Less than 6 months old.

Your criminal background check must be signed by the issuing authority or notarized by a notary public in Australia, it needs to be authenticated by DFAT, and then authenticated by the Chinese embassy/consulate in New Zealand.

*120 hour (minimum)

TEFL certificate

The Chinese government frequently changes the requirements for TEFL certificates. Check with your company to find out if your TEFL certificate needs to be authenticated by the Chinese embassy/consulate.

A notarized colour copy.

You must bring the original TEFL certificate with you to China.

A colour photocopy of your original paper TEFL certificate must be notarized by a notary in New Zealand. The Chinese embassy will not accept black and white copies. 

*Applicants who have 2 years teaching experience, can provide letters of reference instead. Check with your placement company if your experience qualifies.

* Reference Letter/Proof of Work Experience

Original Letter

An original letter of reference that has either been signed by the manager/director or has an official seal of the company on it. The letter should be written on the school's official letterhead.

*Applicants who do not have the relevant experience, must complete a minimum 120 hour TEFL course. Check with your placement company if your experience qualifies.

* Reference Letter/Proof of Work Experience

Original Letter

An original letter of reference that has either been signed by the manager/director or has an official seal of the company on it. The letter should be written on the school's official letterhead.

Foreigner Physical Examination Form

Original and less than 6 months old.

First page only (X-Ray, ECC, and blood tests not necessary, although it should still be signed on the back). Form should by signed by a physician and must have a stamp/seal from the hospital or clinic.

Passport

Original

Minimum 1 year remaining validity

If your passport is brand new or you have previously held a Chinese work visa, you need to bring your old passports with you to China.

Passport Photos (2"x2")

(minimum 5)

Originals

You will likely have additional photos taken when you arrive in China, but extra copies are always recommended to have on hand.

Application Form

Original

Filled in and signed.

Bring these original documents China:

  • Passport (minimum 1 year remaining validity)

  • Previous passport(s) (if applicable)

  • Original degree (notarized, legalized, authenticated by the Chinese consulate

  • Original TEFL/TESOL/CELTA (notarized)

  • Original Medical Exam Form

  • Original Reference Letters

  • Passport Photos (2"x2")

Frequently asked questions

How do I order my criminal record check?


Your CRC can be ordered through the Criminal Records Unit at the Ministry of Justice. It is free of charge and takes a minimum of 20 working days to process. You can use the calculator on their website to get a processing estimate.




How do I get my documents authenticated by the Chinese consulate?


If your CRC is ink signed by the issuing officer, it is ready to be authenticated by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). If it is not signed, it has to be signed/verified by a notary public first. You can find a notary public here. A photocopy of your degree must be notarized before it can be authenticated by DIA. Download the complete guide for authenticating your documents here. Finally, your documents are ready to be authenticated by the Chinese consulate.




I already apostilled my documents for Korea. Can I use them for China?


No. Documents that have been apostilled cannot be authenticated. If you are applying for a Z visa, you will need to order a new criminal record check and obtain a new notarized photocopy of your degree and get them authenticated by the Chinese consulate.





STEP 2 - APPLY FOR Z VISA AT THE CHINESE CONSULATE/EMBASSY

Once all of the required documents have been scanned and emailed and approved by your visa handler, your company will apply for your Notification of Work Permit at the China Foreign Experts Bureau. It takes approximately 15 working days for a permit to be issued, but it can take longer during busy periods. 

When your permit is issued, it will be couriered (DHL or FedEx) to you so you can apply for your visa at the nearest Chinese Consulate (4-5 business days). Note that you will have to apply for your visa at the consulate you listed on your original application form, as this is where your documents have been sent. You can also chose to apply for your Z visa on arrival in Hong Kong (1 day), but it's best to discuss this option with the placement company first.

Documents Required for Z Visa Application at the Chinese consulate/embassy

  1. Notification of Work Permit Letter from China Experts Bureau (provided by company)

  2. Invitation Letter (provided by company)

  3. Company License (provided by company

  4. Passport Photo

  5. Visa Application Form

  6. Visa Fee (Check with the consulate for the most up to date fee information)

  7. Passport

CONSULATES BY JURISDICTION

You must complete your visa at the nearest Chinese consulate/embassy and the same one you notified your company you would use in your initial application. A list of consulates/embassies can be found below.

If you choose to apply for your visa on arrival, please discuss it with your company first, to make sure it is the right option for you.

Wellington

Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington

Address : 4 Halswell Street, Thorndon, Wellington 601, New Zealand
Tel : 04 473 3514  

Application Submission: Monday – Friday 9:00am-11:30pm

Application Collection: M/W/Th 2:00pm-4:00pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Auckland

Northland, Auckland, Waikato

 

Address : 630 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel : 09 5265680  

Application Submission: Monday – Friday 09:00am-11:30pm

Application Collection: Monday - Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Christchurch

Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland

 

Address : 100 West Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60610, USA

Tel : 03 3433650  

Application Submission & Collection: Monday – Friday 09:00am-12:00pm,

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

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