The Chinese Government will only issue ESL teaching work visas to people from certain countries. The first thing to check is that your passport is from:
If you hold, or can obtain, a passport from one of these seven countries you’ve met the first requirement.
Along with having a passport from one of the seven countries listed above, you will need a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in order to obtain your work visa.
This can be a Bachelor’s in any major. BA, BSc, or other designations are fine as long as your degree clearly states that it is a Bachelor’s degree. If you’re in the last few months of study but haven’t received your degree yet, don’t worry! We can help you begin the rest of your paperwork while you wait for your degree to arrive. Associate degrees, certificates, licenses, and transcripts will not be accepted by the Chinese Government for ESL teaching work visas.
In order to teach English in China, you need a 120-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. This is a basic-level certification that qualifies you to teach ESL. The TEFL course offers the fundamentals of ESL teaching and how to best use the classroom to your advantage.
If you don’t have your TEFL certificate yet you’re not alone! Many new teachers start applying to teach in China before they get their TEFL. EF English First can sponsor you for a 120-hour TEFL, free of charge, through our partnership with Foundation TEFL. This course is valued at $500 and is part of our commitment to ensuring that our teachers meet all the requirements for a legal working visa.
The ability to obtain a clear criminal background check is one of the basic requirements for getting a working visa for China. This check details whether or not you have a criminal record, and in order to get your work visa, it must show that you have no criminal record.
Your ESL work visa allows you to live in China for one year, with multiple entries into the country. To make the most out of your experience, giving yourself time to travel and save some money, you’ll want to make sure that you can live abroad for at least one year. With so much to learn and explore, life in China is always an adventure, so be prepared for your time here to fly by.
Don’t have any teaching experience? You don’t need any. You will however need the following for the Chinese Government to issue you an ESL teaching work visa. Keep in mind you don’t need to have these documents on hand to apply – our recruitment team is happy to talk to you if you’re interested in teaching and know that you can fulfill these requirements.
They’ll even help you figure out how to get any of the documents that you don’t have in hand. EF English First provides all new teachers with full arrival support, free Chinese lessons if you’d like to learn, and several weeks of teacher training. Teaching in China is as simple as applying, so why not give it a try and apply now.
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