SOUTH AFRICAN APPLICANTS
The first step of the Z visa process involves sending colour scans of the required documents to your placement company. Your assigned Visa Handler, as well as our team at Teach ESL Korea, will help guide you through this process. Once all your scans are received, your placement company will apply for the Notification of Work Permit letter at the China Foreign Experts Bureau on your behalf.
Colour Copy Authenticated by the Chinese Consulate / Embassy. Your original degree must also be brought to China
A colour photocopy of either a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate degree must be verified by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), authenticated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), and then authenticated by the Chinese embassy or consulate in South Africa. The Chinese Embassy will not accept black and white copies. Ensure you get a colour copy authenticated.
NON-CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
Authenticated by the Chinese Consulate/Embassy
A colour photocopy of your police clearance must be authenticated by DIRCO, and then Authenticated by the Chinese embassy or consulate in South Africa.
TEFL CERTIFICATE OR 2 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE
A notarized colour copy.
Your original TEFL Certificate must also be brought to China
A colour photocopy of your original paper TEFL certificate must be notarized by a notary in South Africa. The Chinese Embassy will not accept black and white copies. Ensure you get a colour copy notarized.
*Applicants who have 2 years teaching experience, can provide letters of reference instead. Check with your placement company if your experience qualifies.
*REFERENCE LETTER/PROOF OF WORK EXPERIENCE
An original letter of reference that has either been signed by the manager/director or has an official seal of the company on it. The letter should be written on the school's official letterhead.
*Applicants who do not have the relevant experience, must complete a minimum 120 hour TEFL course. Check with your placement company if your experience qualifies.
FOREIGNER PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM
First page only (X-Ray, ECC, and blood tests not necessary, although it should still be signed on the back). Form should be signed by a physician and must have a stamp/seal from the hospital or clinic.
If the check was done at a private hospital it will also need to be authenticated by DIRCO. This isn’t necessary if it is done at a public hospital.
Minimum 1 year remaining validity
If your passport is brand new or you have previously held a Chinese work visa, you need to bring your old passports with you to China.
PASSPORT PHOTOS (2"X2")
You will likely have additional photos taken when you arrive in China, but extra copies are always recommended to have on hand.
Filled in and signed.