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Covid 19 - UK Citizens, how to apply for work visa in China

source:Teach Abroad time:2020-10-27 13:32:29 read:311

This tick list is accurate as of 21st October 2020. Be sure to check at each stage for any updates to the
procedures.
For any questions please email your recruiter at Echo Education.

1) Get required documents notarised
-Confirm with your recruiter what needs doing
-Get your degree certificate, TEFL certificate and criminal background check notarized and authenticated
-Consider using a visa agent to assist with the process (google ‘China visa agents in UK’)

-Getting your documents notarized - https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised


2) Get documents legalized by Chinese embassy
-FAQ on legalising documents -
https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/FAQauthentication/index_1.shtml
-You can submit the documents yourself or have a visa agent submit them for you.
-Consider using a visa agent as they can complete the process quicker and easier. Google ‘China visa
agents in UK’.
-You can have the legalized documents posted back to you.


3) Email notarized and legalized documents to your Echo recruiter

4) Echo applies for ‘PU letter’ (invitation letter) and work permit notification
letter
-Process can take around 3 weeks

5) Book appointment to visit Chinese visa center to apply for work visa
https://www.visaforchina.org/ - scroll down > hover over UK > select city
-How to book an appointment
https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/faq/283379.shtml
Please note, this is the link for the London office. If you require Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast, please visit
https://www.visaforchina.org/
-How to fill in the online application form -
https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/faq/283376.shtml
Please note, this is the link for the London

-General FAQ - https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/faq/index.shtml

Please note, this is the link for the London office. If you require Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast, please visit
https://www.visaforchina.org/
-Getting an appointment can be tricky, some of our teachers have used a visa agent to book the
appointment for them as they can have a preferential access to appointments. Google ‘China visa agents
in UK’.

6) Attend appointment at the China Visa Center
-You have to attend the appointment yourself. You can not have an agent attend on your behalf.
-Make sure to bring all the required documents

7) Pick up passport with China work visa stamped in it, or have it posted to you
-2 days for express service, 3 days for regular service or 10 days for the postal service

8) Book flight
-Confirm the ideal arrival date with your recruiter before booking the flight.
-Make sure you book a flight that is approved to fly to China.
-If possible, book a direct flight rather than one with a stopover. If you have to have a stopover, aim for
one in Europe rather than Asia as the regulations are different in Asia.
-If possible, book a flight that flies between Tuesday and Saturday, as you need to send your negative
COVID test to the Chinese embassy within 72 hours of your flight, so ideally you don’t want to have to
deal with the Chinese embassy over the weekend as they will be closed.

9) Get a nucleic acid COVID test

-The date of COVID test result needs to be within 72 hours of flight

-The test has to be a nucleic acid test

-You can book through a private company,Google options near you.

-Some people choose to book two or more tests, so as to increase the chance of getting the result within

72 hours of the flight. For example, if your flight is on a Saturday at 1pm, the test result has to be issued

no earlier than Wednesday 1pm, so you might want to have a test done on Monday and Tuesday.


10) Email negative nucleic acid COVID test result to Chinese Embassy

-They will issue you with a health declaration form which needs to be shown at the airport before

boarding your plane.

-Details here - http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/visa/notice/t1806517.htm


11) Arrival at the airport

-Get to the airport at least 4 hours before your flight as check in process takes longer than usual.

-Make sure to bring your health declaration form and passport

-Also bring all your notarized documents (degree, TEFL, criminal background check) as they may be

needed to get your residence permit in China

-Things to bring:

Passport

Boarding pass

Negative COVID test result, issued within 72 hours before your flight (check specific airline requirements

too)

Printed signed and stamped health declaration form from Chinese embassy

Valid Chinese visa or residency permit

Masks & hand sanitiser

Phone with WeChat installed - this is needed for processing on arrival

Power bank to ensure your phone has power on arrival

Name and phone number of a contact person in China

Food for the flight - some airlines only provide limited food


12) Quarantine for 14 days on arrival in China

-Once your plane arrives in China you will be taken to a quarantine hotel for your 14 day quarantine. The

reports from teachers who have been through it have said things are organized very well, the hotels are

of a good quality (similar to what you would expect from a 3 or 4 star hotel stay). They provide 3 meals a

day.


Procedures may vary so be sure to check at each stage.

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Candidates must hold a bachelor degree or above to apply the program according to work visa policy in China.

Submit

1. Fill out the application
2. Interview (we will email most qualified applicants within 48 hours)
3. Offer (Shortly after interview, we will notify successful applicants and begin placement process)

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