Once you have signed and returned your contract we will begin the process of applying for your Chinese work visa.
Important information about your documents:
- China will consider your name as it appears in your passport as your official name. Be sure that you use this format for your name when applying for your criminal record check, your teaching certification, your university degree and other documents.
- If you have had a legal name change please make sure you advise us and can provide the documents verifying the change.
- Several documents need to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your area or where your document was issued. Our office will assist and advise you on this process.
- Criminal record check must be completed in the country of your passport within the last six months.
The documents we will collect:
- Your original university degree, to be authenticated.
- The original copy of your Criminal Record Check completed within the last 6 months, to be authenticated.
- For Academic teachers - proof of valid Teacher Certification. Note: BC Teacher Certification is required prior to departure for China. We will assist you with the process of obtaining your BC COQ if you hold certification from another province or jurisdiction.
- For ESL teachers – proof of TESOL certification.
- Colour scan of the inside information page of your passport (must be valid for at least the first year of employment).
- Digital photograph, specifications to be provided.
- Employment verification letter must be on letterhead and signed and dated within the last 12 months.
- Your original marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates if a dependent spouse or children will be living with you teacher in China, to be authenticated.
- Other documents, including a medical report may be required depending on the school location in China.
- MLES is required to present the contract in both English and Chinese. These two versions are deemed to be the same and hold equal legal effect. In some locations, the Chinese version needs to be signed prior to arrival in China as part of the visa process, in other locations this version can be signed upon arrival at the school. If required for your location, we will send you the Chinese version with instructions for signing after we receive your returned and signed English version.
- The Chinese authorities may request other documents from time to time throughout the process.
Applying for your Chinese Work Visa
There are three stages to this process.
- Stage one - the collection, and where required the authentication, of your documents.
- Stage two - the submission of your documents in China to the Foreign Expert Bureau (FEB) to receive you Work Permit Application Approval Notification.
- Stage three – the application in Canada, or your home country, for your Z visa. You cannot enter China to work for MLES without a valid Z visa.