Visa & Passport
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Getting a Chinese working visa isn’t as difficult as it may seem. However, it does require some advanced preparation — in particular, when it comes to preparing documents that are required for getting your China Work Permit (the first step before you can apply for your Chinese working visa). This process may take some time, so the ESL team may advise you to begin preparing these documents in advance.
Documents to Begin Your Visa Process
Here is a checklist of what you will need to prepare – once you have signed your job offer, you will move to the Visa process with these documents:
Provide a clear scanned color copy of your passport information/bio and signature pages, it should be a full two-page scan (do not use your phone, must be scanned).
Original passport with at least a year of remaining validity at the time of visa application and with at least three blank visa pages No damage (no stains, blotches, smudges, blots and etc.)
No pages missing
Once we begin the process of the Working Permit application, the passport cannot be changed until the Z Visa is completed.
A clear resume with your education and working background is necessary, it should include;
Education background (high school info, start & end month included)
SCANNED COLOR DOCUMENT COPIES
A. Bachelor’s degree Certificate
Provide a clear scan color copy of your bachelor’s degree, it should state:
Subject of degree
Full name (same as your passport name)
B. Bachelor’s degree Transcripts
An electronic copy or clear scanned color copy of your bachelor’s transcript papers, this should include;
Subject of degree
C. TEFL Certificate
Provide a clear scanned color copy of the TEFL certificate, it must be of 120 hours (no less), it cannot have ‘online’ written on the certificate if it was completed online.
The name on your TEFL must be exactly the same as the name on your passport.
If you do not have a TEFL certificate yet, our ESL Consultant will provide you with a TEFL partner that ESL work with and you can complete your TEFL through them. They will help you to do the authentication steps for the TEFL, you just need to complete it, the rest is taken care of.
If you have a TEFL already you can provide a clear scanned color copy and your visa Advisor or Case Manager will provide the steps in order to authenticate it.
DIGITAL AND HARDCOPY PHOTOS
Your visa application photo must meet certain criteria regarding size and content. Submitting photos that do not meet these criteria will delay the visa application process. Digital photos must have been taken within the last six months, and must meet the guidelines shown in the image below:
Be sure your entire head is visible & you are facing forward, mouth closed, eyes open.
Ears must be visible
Nothing should be covering your head or face, such as a hat or sunglasses
Professional dress, clean look of face & hair
The background should be white or close to white with no borders
The photo must be taken within the last 6 months
Once you have provided all of these documents to your Career Consultant, you will be moved onto the Visa process. You will be assigned a Visa Advisor or Case Manager; they will email you with a list of documents you need to provide (every country is slightly different).
Medical Exam Report
Candidate must have a physical examination for the Chinese visa application (child under 18 years old is exempt).
It is preferred that you have the physical examination in a hospital authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or a big public hospital in your home country.
The Physical Examination Report is valid for 6 months from the date issued.
The standard health examination form needs to be used for the exam, and the 4 following original report documents are required:
A. HIV test
B. Syphilis/Wasserman test
C. X-ray of the chest (X-ray plates or a separate report are required, CD won’t be accepted)
The photo attached to the Standard form must be stamped and signed by the doctor. The reverse side of this form must also be stamped and signed by the Doctor. Please sign on each page of the separate reports with hospital as well.
Please note that only a qualified report will be accepted by the Chinese authorities and must be verified in China directly. Otherwise, another checkup will be required while you are in China.
Non-Criminal Background Check (CBC)
It must be valid within 6 months of applying for your Working Permit. Authenticating this document is different for every country, please see notes below:
US Citizens: must get from the FBI, provide an FBI fingerprint card. You can fill out the FBI request form and mailing list documents that are sent to you by Career China.
UK Citizens: Background check we recommend:
SA (South African) Citizens: provide a Clearance certificate that is authenticated by your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
CA (Canadian) Citizens: provide an authenticated Non-Criminal Background Check from RCMP, we will provide a sample for you to follow in an email from your Visa Advisor or Case Manager.
IRE (Ireland) / NZ (New Zealand) / AUS (Australian) Citizens: All citizens of these countries follow the same process, provide a Non-Criminal Background Check that is authenticated by the local Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
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Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country, and the requirements are subject to change. As each application is treated as an individual case and you should make inquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.
It usually takes about 10 working days to finish with all the requirements. The information provided about visa and passport is direct from above-mentioned embassies and we have license for the content.
Foreigners with long term status (work permits/permit residence) in the neighbouring countries who transit the Republic to return to their employment or residence are not subject to the transit visa, provided they are in possession of proof of their status.
We appreciated the importance and personal impact of obtaining a legal and correctly categorised visa in the most administrative efficient and timely manner.
Foreign nationals with work visas that are due to expire and/or have already expired for instance to Transfer Work Visas or Short-Term Visas and that usually requires a trip back to their home country for reapplication, may now apply for the renewal of same within South Africa for an extended period.
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