Visas & Embassies

Types of Applicable Visas:

  • Z Visa (Employment/Work Visa) – Ideal work visa for an ESL teacher jobs in China
  • F Visa (Business) – Sometimes used by private businesses hiring ESL teachers
  • L Visa (Tourist) – Sometimes used for entry into China while Z Visa is processed
  • D Visa (Permanent Residency) – Designed for those who intend to live permanently in China

Important Visa Information:

  • It is preferable to get the Z Work Visa processed while in one’s home country prior to relocating to China.
  • Some applicants enter China on a tourist visa with the assumption that they will be granted the proper Z Work Visa; however, some find that it is not granted because they do not have the necessary qualifications or documentation.
  • If asked to apply for any visa other than the Z Visa, it is prudent to be vigilant in ensuring the legalities of it based on the contract received.
  • Visas will only be granted if there is sufficient time remaining on the applicant’s passport (typically six months, however this should be confirmed by local Chinese embassy/consulate).
  • In addition to obtaining a visa, an entry permit is required. The option is given to purchase a single entry permit or a multiple entry permit. It is best to consult with one’s school/recruiter to determine the most appropriate for the particular situation.
  • Applicants with AIDS, contagious tuberculosis, venereal diseases, or other such infectious diseases, along with those who suffer from a mental disorder, will not be granted a Chinese visa.
  • One must apply for a visa at a Chinese embassy or consulate in their own country unless they have permanent residence in the country from which they are applying.
  • One must apply for a visa in person or send a trusted person to apply in person on their behalf.
  • For Australian citizens: Some consulates in Australia accept mail in applications.
  • For New Zealand citizens: Mail in applications is accepted in New Zealand.

Standard Process for Obtaining Legal Documentation to Work Legally in China:

  • The applicant secures a contract with a legitimate school.
  • The school applies for a work permit on behalf of the applicant.
  • The applicant applies for an Employment/Work Visa at their local Chinese embassy/consulate once they have received confirmation of a work permit.

Standard Required Documents for Visas:

(Important to check with a Chinese embassy/consulate as variations in requirements sometimes occur)

  • Completed visa application.
  • A valid passport with at least six months remaining with at least one blank page.
  • Recent passport photos (Specifications should be confirmed with local embassy/consulate).
  • Copy of contract.
  • Visa Notification Form issued by Chinese government department or government agency.
  • Proof of legitimate status in country of residence.
  • Foreign Expert Work Permit issued by Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, or Alien Employment License issued by Chinese Ministry of Human Resources.
  • The embassy/consulate retains the right to ask for additional documentation during the application process.
  • Health certificate (Q2 Physical Examination Record for Foreigners – downloadable from embassy website). This may not be required initially.
  • For Former Chinese Citizens: Original Chinese passport and any passports with Chinese visas must be submitted when applying for visa.

Embassy and Consulate Information for China

The American Embassy and Consular Offices in The People’s Republic of China

United States Embassy of Beijing

China No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu 100600 Beijing, PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 86 10 8531 3000
Fax: 86 10 8531 3333
Email: AmCitBeijing@state.gov
Website: http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm

U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai

Main U.S. Consulate General Building
1469 Huai Hai Zhong Road (Near Wulumuqi Nan Lu) 200031 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 86 21 3217 4650
Fax: 86 21 6217 2071
Email: ShanghaiACS@state.gov
Website: http://shanghai.usembassy-china.org.cn
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15am to 11:30am, 1:30pm – 3:30pm (closed Wednesday afternoons)

U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu

4 Lingshiguan Road 610041 Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC
City: Chengdu
Phone: 86 28 8558 3992
Fax: 86 28 8554 6229
Email: consularchengdu@state.gov
Website: http://chengdu.usembassy-china.org.cn/
Normal Hours: Wednesday 8:30am to 11:30am, Friday 1:30pm to 3:00pm

U.S, Consulate General in Shenyang

52, 14th Wei Road, Heping District 110003 Shenyang, PRC
City: Shenyang
Phone: 86 24 2322 1198
Fax: 86 24 2322 2374
Website: http://shenyang.usembassy-china.org.cn/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am  to 1:00pm

U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou

5th Floor, 2nd Annex of Tianyu Garden, 136-142, Linhe Zhong Rd 510133 Guangzhou , PRC
City: Guangzhou
Phone: 86 020 8518 7651
Fax: 86 020 3884 4416
Email: CIS-Guangzhou.Inquiries@dhs.gov
Website: http://guangzhou.usembassy-china.org.cn/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 11:30am, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan

New World International Trade Tower I No. 568, Jianshe Avenue 430022 Hankou, Wuhan, PRC
City: Wuhan
Phone: 027 8555 7791
Fax: 027 8555 7761
Email: chenz@state.gov
Website: http://wuhan.usembassy-china.org.cn/

Canadian Embassy and Consular Offices in The People Republic of China

Canadian Embassy in Beijing

19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Chao Yang District 100600 Beijing PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 86 10 5139 4000
Fax: 86 10 5139 4450
Email: beijing.consular@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/index.aspx?lang=end&view=d
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 11:00am and 1:30pm to 3:00pm, Friday 8:30am to 11:00am

The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong

12th to 14th Floor, One Exchange Square Central Hong Kong SAR, PRC
City: Hong Kong
Phone: 852 3719 4700
Fax: 852 2810 6736
Email: hkong@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/hong_kong/
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 10:00am

Canadian Consulate in Chongqing

Suite 1705, Metropolitan Tower Wu Yi Lu, Yu Zhong District 400010 Chongqing, PRC
City: Chongqing
Phone: 86 23 6373 8007
Fax: 86 23 6373 8026
Email: chonq@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/offices-bureaux//chongqingindex.aspx?lang=eng
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Canadian Consulate General in Shanghai

ECO City Building 8th Floor, 1788 Nanjing, Xi Lu, Jing An District 200040 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 86 21 3279 2800
Fax: 86 21 3279 2801
Email: shngi@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/offices-bureaux/shanghai/index.aspx?lang=eng
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou

Suite 801, China Hotel Office Tower Liu Hua Lu 510015 Guangzhou, PRC
City: Guangzhou
Phone: 86 20 8611 6100
Fax: 86 20 8611 6196
Email: ganzug@international.gc.ca
Website: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/offices-bureaux/guangzhou/index.aspx?lang=eng
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm

British Embassy and Consular Offices in The People’s Republic of China

British Embassy in Beijing

11 Guanghua Lu Jian Guo Men Wai 100600 Beijing, PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 86 10 5192 4000
Fax: 86 10 5192 4239
Email: consular.beijing@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

British Consulate-General in Guangzhou

Guangdong International Hotel, 2nd Floor 339 Huanshi Dong Lu 510098 Guangzhou, PRC
City: Guangzhou
Phone: 86 20 8314 3000
Fax: 86 20 8331 2799
Email: consular.guangzhou@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 5:00pm

British Consulate-General in Shanghai

Suite 301, Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu  Suite 301, Shanghai Centre 200040 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 86 21 3279 2000
Fax: 86 21 6279 7651
Website: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy/asia-and-oceania/consulate-general-shanghai
Email: britishconsulate.shanghai@fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm

British Consulate-General in Chongqing

Suite 2801, Metropolitan Tower 68 Zourong Road Yu Zhong District 400010 Chongqing, PRC
City: Chongqing
Phone: 86 23 6369 1500
Fax: 86 23 6369 1525
Email: consular.chongqing@fco.gov.uk
Website:  http://ukinchina.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/other-locations/chongqing/contact-details
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

British Consulate-General in Hong Kong

1 Supreme Court Road Hong Kong, SAR
City: Hong Kong
Phone: 852 2901 3000
Fax: 852 2901 3204
Website: http://ukinhongkong.fco.gov.uk/en/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:15pm

Irish Embassy and Consular Offices in The People’s Republic of China

Irish Embassy in Beijing

3 Ritan Dong Lu 100600 Beijing, PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 86 10 6532 269
Fax: 86 10 6532 6857
Email: beijing@dfa.ie
Website: http://www.embassyofireland.cn/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:30pm, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Irish Consulate in Hong Kong

c/o Heidrick & Struggles Suite 1408, Two Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, SAR
City: Hong Kong
Phone: 852 2527 4897
Fax: 852 2824 9127
Email: info@consulateofireland.hk
Website: http://www.consulateofireland.hk/
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 12:00pm, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Irish Consulate in Shanghai

Suite 700A , Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Road West 200040 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 86 21 6279 8729
Fax: 86 21 6279 8739
Email: shanghai@dfa.ie
Website: http://www.embassyofireland.cn/inner.php?eid=11
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm, 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in The People Republic of China

Australian Embassy in Beijing

21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie 100600 Beijing, PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 010 5140 4111
Fax: 010 5140 4204
Email: pubaff.beijing@dfat.gov.au
Website: http://www.china.embassy.gov.au
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Australian Embassy in Shanghai

Level 22, Citic Square 1168 Nanjing West Road 200041 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 021 2215 5200
Fax: 021 2215 5252
Website: http://www.shanghai.china.embassy.gov.au
Email: consular.shanghai@dfat.gov.au
Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm

New Zealand’s Embassy and Consular Offices in China

Embassy of New Zealand in Beijing

1 Ritan Dongerjie Chaoyang District 100600 Beijing, PRC
City: Beijing
Phone: 86 10 8532 7000
Fax: 86 10 6532 4317
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/
Email: beijing.enquiries@mft.net.nz
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

New Zealand Consulate General in Guangzhou

Room1055, China Hotel Office Tower Liuhua Road 510015 Guangzhou, PRC
City: Guangdong
Phone: 86 20 8667 0253
Fax: 86 20 8666 6420
Email: guangzhou@nzte.govt.nz
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

New Zealand Consulate General in Shanghai

Room 1605-1607A, The Centre 989 Chang Le Road (c) 200031 Shanghai, PRC
City: Shanghai
Phone: 86 21 5407 5858
Fax: 86 21 5407 5068
Email: shanghai.enquiries@mft.net.nz
Website: http://www.nzembassy.com/china/about-the-embassy/contact-us
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Chinese Embassy and Consulate Offices in the United States

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

3505 International Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA
City: Washington, DC
Phone: 202-495-2266
Fax: 202-495-2138