​visa application 

​Step One

This criminal record check can take time to finalise, and is therefore the first requirement to focus on. The application process – at https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record depending on which service you use – is not complicated but be sure to make your application error- free first time to avoid delays. 

Step Two

Notarise your Degree, Certificates and DBS check with a notary public. This also requires your passport information as a supporting document, so make sure you have it with you when you do the notarisation.

Step Three

Your notarised Degree, Certificates and DBS check will require certification by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to 'legalise' the documents – you can apply online at www.gov.uk/get- document-legalised. 

Step Four

The Final stage in the preparation process is to have all your documents and their notarised and apostilled copies approved by the Chinese Embassy. A standard service may take 4 days to complete and all costs are payable at collection. The application form can be downloaded from http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsfw/legalization/t624439.htm

There is no appointment needed for this service, just visit your nearest Embassy’s office during their office hours.The Chinese Embassy is almost always busy, so arrive as early as you can and remember that you need to make photocopies of each and every document including your passport. 

Step Five

Your employing school will make the Work Permit Application for you in China.

Scan and email all the documents (incl. Degree, Certificates, DBS check and all the notarised, Apostilled and Embassy-legalised documents) to your consultant or school HR department. It will take 2-3 weeks to complete and you will receive your Work Permit in both Chinese and English copies by email.

Step Six

At this point, you can submit your Z visa application to one of the Visa for China centres in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. The cost of the service starts at £151 and takes 4 working days to process. You can make your application via the following link, which also details the various service levels available to you. https://bio.visaforchina.org/#/guideNav/Guidance?visacenterCode=LON2&request_locale=en_US&site_alias=LON2_EN


Remember that once a Z visa is granted, the mandatory documents listed above need to be taken to China for the purposes of obtaining a Foreign Expert's Licence.