After moving back to the US from South Korea, I applied for many American jobs, and didn’t get even one interview. So as a back-up plan, I applied to ESL teaching jobs in other countries. I couldn’t get anything in South America or Europe. Out of all the offers I got in Asia, China had the best pay and most benefits.
Preparing to move to China is quite different from the process of moving to South Korea.
- Print your contract and read it out loud slowly.
- Sign, scan, and email your contract back to your school.
- Get your diploma notarized in the same state as your university.
- Mail your notarized diploma to CVSC.
- If you’re a US citizen, get your background check from the FBI. If you submit your application electronically, the process only takes a few weeks, but if you mail in your application with your fingerprints, it could take a few months.
- Mail your FBI background check to the CVSC in Washington DC. Notarizing it there takes 11 business days and costs $321.
- Authenticating your notarized diploma takes about one week and costs $220.
- Your school will use your authenticated documents to order your work permit.
- With your work permit, you will be able to apply for your Z-Visa at the Chinese Embassy. The application is four pages long. You must attach a passport sized photo of yourself to the first page of the visa application. You need a photo copy of your passport information page. You will also be fingerprinted electronically at the embassy. It costs $160, which you will pay when you pick up your passport (visa) at the embassy. It is a Single Entry visa, but you will be allowed to exit and reenter the country once you have acquired your residence permit (alien card).
- Be sure to get the Chinese medical form from your school before you go get your physical. The physical exam includes a chest x-ray.
- I was advised to bring a minimum of 24,000 Yuan cash with me to China.
- My school will provide me with a hotel for two days while I look for an apartment.
I hope this information makes your transition to China less stressful.
Thank you for reading.