Permits and Visas for Work in China



COVID-19 Update

Updated September 14th, 2020

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and we hope you are staying happy and healthy! Although restrictions still exist for entering China, we're happy to report that document authentication is available again for all customers!

If you have been issued a PU letter or work permit, we can likely help you obtain your visa as well.

Due to volume and various restrictions at government offices, we suggest placing your order on our website as soon as possible. We will be in touch within 24-48 hours to confirm all details and expected processing time.

Please reach out with any questions. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the chat during regular office hours. Thank you!



Page updated as of August 2020.

As of July 2017, a clear criminal background check and documents authenticated by the Chinese Embassy must be provided to apply for a work permit in the People's Republic of China. Here's a guide to get you through this process so you can start your new teaching job in China sooner rather than later!

*New rule as of November 2018* - The background check that you get must have a signature from the issuing agency on it.



Step 1: Get your background check for China

Step 2: Get your documents authenticated

This usually means 3 documents:

  1. University degree
  2. Your background check
  3. A document that qualifies you to be a teacher; this will vary so you should supply what your employer is asking for. Usually, it's either a teaching license, TEFL Certificate (120 HOURS+) or a reference letter for 2+ years classroom teaching experience.

*If you do this process on your own, please note that you must get your documents authenticated in the country that issued them."

The process typically takes 3-4 weeks. This timeframe can be shorter or longer depending on whether you're getting your original documents authenticated or if you're authenticating copies of your documents. 

*Teaching Nomad can easily get your degree authenticated for China, no matter where you're from. Visit our order form to get started today, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information!*

Getting your documents authenticated is a multi-step process, so read carefully:

How to get your documents authenticated for use in China:

*Any estimated prices listed here are quotes that we've received in the past, and we cannot guarantee that these are the prices you'll pay*

Step 3: Work Permit

Now that your documents are authenticated, send scans of these documents to your employer. They will apply for your work permit which will likely take somewhere between 5-20 business days. It's important to tell them which Chinese consulate you will use to apply for your work visa, as YOU CANNOT CHANGE THIS LATER. So if you plan to use an agent, you may want to consult them at this point.

Step 4: Work Visa

Once approved, your employer will email your work permit approval to you which you can take to the consulate or to the visa agent assisting you.

If you're having difficulties with this process, be sure to contact your Teaching Nomad placement consultant, we're here to help!

If you decide to place an order for document authentication through us, Teaching Nomad will complete the entire document authentication process for you. After this, you'll be well on your way to teaching in China!

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Teaching Nomad is your connection to teaching in Asia & The Middle East! We are a western owned and operated teacher placement agency with offices in Denver & Shanghai. We take a lot of pride in connecting teachers with great teaching opportunities.


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