CHINA Z VISA
Date Modified: 07.13.2008
Content: How to get a Z Visa and Resident Permit in China
*** Currently applicants must return to their home country to obtain a Z Visa for China. This regulation will most likely change back to normal after the Olympics are over.
To legally teach in China, you will need a Z visa to enter
the country and to begin the process of obtaining a resident
permit. However, getting a legal working visa in China can
be a difficult and seemingly ever-changing procedure. This
is why we have assembled a guideline to assist teachers in
gaining information from their employing school and to help
them with directing their inquiries to Chinese embassies and
consulates. By following this guideline, acquiring a legal
teaching visa for China should be a smooth procedure.
The Z Visa:
Getting a Z visa is the first step to becoming legally employed
as a teacher in China. In order to obtain this visa, the following
requirements must be met. You must have an invitation from your
school; a copy of your diploma; a locally obtained health check
for absence of HIV, drug use, TB and other things; and passport
photos. Your school will process these forms. You can obtain your
visa before or after you enter China. However, it has been recommended
that you acquire the Z visa before leaving your home country.
Obtaining the Z Visa:
Visit a Chinese embassy and get a Z-class application form and medical
check form. Complete the forms.
You will need to go to a government-approved hospital to get a medical
check. This involves an x-ray and blood work. Have the doctor fill
in the Chinese medical check form, sign and stamp it.
You must fax or mail these forms directly to the school. With these
documents, a school can obtain a letter of invitation. This procedure
takes 7-10 days.
When you receive the letter of invitation take it and the
Z-class application forms to the Chinese embassy. They will
give you a Z-class ENTRY visa.
The Resident Permit:
The Z visa allows you to enter China and it will allow you to obtain
a Resident Permit. The Resident Permit, or "Green Book",
is very important as it allows you to legally teach English in China.
Your employer should help you apply for the Resident Permit after
you have arrived in China on a Z visa. The Resident Permit is valid
for 12 months. It dictates the time period which you may legally
work in China and the expiration date defines when you have to leave
Obtaining the Resident Permit:
To obtain a Resident Permit, you must have a valid passport, be
over the age of 18, and hold a number of important documents. These
include, but are not limited to, a medical report, your credentials
(diploma, resume, transcript), a letter of intention for employment
and a report of reasons for employment. Your employer will assist
you with this procedure. Your employer will provide documents stating
your accepted employment and they will submit your documents to
the Chinese authorities in order to get you a Resident Permit.
IMPORTANT: This is a guideline ONLY. It is
very important to coordinate the visa process with your employer
and the Chinese Embassy or Consulates.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
Chinese Embassy - http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/hzqz/zgqz/t84245.htm