USA

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 the USA, authenticated by the Secretary of State, and finally authenticated by the Chinese embassy or consulate in the USA. 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 state or FBI level Non-criminal background check must be authenticated by the Secretary of State for state level checks or by the Department of State for FBI checks, and then authenticated by the Chinese embassy/consulate in the USA.

*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 the USA. 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")

Z Visa - Frequently asked questions

How do I order a criminal record check?


Receiving an FBI check can take between 6-12 weeks and then it can take several weeks for it to be authenticated by the Department of State. If you choose to go with a state criminal record check and then have it authenticated by the Secretary of State in your state, the turnaround times will vary from state to state, but often take several weeks as well. For most applicants this is too long, so we recommend exediting an FBI CRC by using an FBI approved chaneller, such as Accurate Biometrics. For full instructions, go to: www.accuratebiometrics.com and ensure that you select the paper copy option. By using a channeller, you can reduce the processing time down to 1 week, plush mailing time.




How do I authenticate my documents?


You can get your documents authenticated by using a company such as MyChinaVisa (www.mychinavisa.com) or US Authentication (www.usauthentication.com). These companies will walk into the Department of State and the Chinese consulate/embassy on your behalf to bypass the lenghty mail-in delay. Sometimes these companies do not offer to have the Secretary of State authenticate the documents, so be sure to check their policy in your state.




How do I authenticate documents from abroad?


Gathering documents required for the Z visa from outside the USA isn't as complex as it may appear, it just involves extra shipping costs. You'll need someone you trust to be able to send and receive documents and to ship them to you once they have been authenticated by the Chinese embassy. We highly recommend using a third party to order your CRC (ie. www.accuratebiometrics.com) and to get your documents authenticated (www.mychinavisa.com). The Chinese embassy in another country will not authenticate documents that have been legalized in another country.




I got my documents apostilled for Korea, can I use them for the Z Visa?


No, the process for getting documents legalized varies for each country. For use in Korea, documents are apostilled by the Department of State, but for use in China, they are authenticated by the Chinese consulate. Documents that have already been apostilled, cannot be authenticated. You will need to order another criminal record check and obtain a new notarized photocopy of your degree.

We advise applicants who are considering both countries to not go past the notarizing stage until they have accepted a contract in either country.





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

  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 ($140 USD), cash or personal cheques are not accepted, add $20 for express service & $30 for rush service

* Consulates only accept walk-in applications. If this is not possible, you can work with a company such as MyChinaVisa who can complete this step on your behalf.

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.

Washington, DC

DC, MD, WV, VA, KY, NC, TN, SC

Address : 2201 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20007, USA 
Tel : 1-202-337-1956    

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 9:30am-2:30pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day 

New York, NY

NY, PA, OH, NJ, ME, NH, MA, CT, RI, VT

 

Address : 520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel : 212-2449392   

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 09:00am-2:30pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day

Chicago, IL

IL, IN, MI, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, CO

 

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


Tel : 312-803-0095  

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 09:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day

San Francisco, CA

AK, WA, OR, CA, NV

 

Address : 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel : 415-872-9091  

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 09:00am-2:30pm

Processing Time: 

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day

Los Angeles

AZ, NM

Address : 3rd Floor, 500 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel : 213-8078088   

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 9:00am-2:00pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day

Houston

TX, OK, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL

 

Address : 3417 Montrose Boulevard , Houston , Texas 77006
Phone: 7135201462  

Hours of Operation : Monday – Friday 09:00am-11:30pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Processing Time:

Regular: 4 business days

Express: 2-3 business days

Rush: 1 business day

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