Visa Information

Visa Information

To qualify to live and work in China, a Foreign Expert Certificate and a Residence Permit are required.

The Foreign Expert Certificate and Residence Permit are applied for with the assistance of your school (employer) once you have arrived in China. In order to apply for them, you will need a Z- Visa, which is generally processed before you travel to China and allows you to live and work in China until the Residence Permit is processed. The Z Visa is a single-entry visa which is valid for 30 days after date of entry into the country and allows the holder to apply for a Residence Permit.

To apply for the Z visa, you will need to have both your degree certificate (copy) and your background check (original) notarized by a notary public and then stamped by the Department for Foreign Affairs (Dept of State, FCO or equivalent). You then take both documents to your nearest Chinese Embassy/Consulate for them to authenticate. You will also need to submit your passport information page, TEFL certificate, passport-size photo and your invitation letter. Enquire as to when you will get the work visa (normally 1-5 working days) and advise the school of this date. You should bring the originals of all the visa documents with you when you travel to China.

Once you arrive in China, your school will take you to the local police bureau to register your passport and visa details. They will also arrange a medical at this point if it is required. They will then apply for the Foreign Expert Certificate (this will take 7-10 working days) and once this is received, will take you to the visa office to submit your passport and application for your Residence Permit (this will take a further 5-7 working days).

To summarize, you will need some or all of the following documents to complete the visa process:

  • 2 letters of recommendation (ink-signed and scanned)
  • Scanned passport photo (also bring 8 passport photos)
  • Information page of your passport (scanned)
  • Degree certificate (copy of your actual certificate, not transcript, notarized and then stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy)
  • Teaching Certificate (TEFL certificate or teaching certificate or both)
  • Criminal background check (original – notarized and then stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy)
  • Signed contract
  • Signed commitment letter (Some locations)
  • Copy of your medical check report

Applying for a Visa to Teach in Malaysia

To live and work in Malaysia, you will need to obtain a visa and work permit which will be applied for by your destination school on your behalf. Note that Visa processes and rules can change regularly, so it is always advisable to consult with your nearest Malaysian consulate in your home country. The information below should be used as a guide only.

All Teachola applicants will need to provide the following documents when you apply to us, or soon after your first interview with one of our recruitment team. If you have any questions about these documents, our recruiter will be happy to answer these for you.

  • 2 x Letters of recommendation from previous school/employer/professor (signed and scanned)
  • Separate photo attachment (friendly and professional head shot is best)
  • Scan of degree certificate(s)
  • Scan of passport info page
  • Scan of TEFL cert
  • Scan of your criminal background check

Upon completion of a successful interview with one of our team, the documents you provide will be sent to our client school in Malaysia. Your destination school in Malaysia will review your documents and Teachola interview results. The school will then request a second interview with you. If the school would like to hire you, a contract will be issued for your consideration. Sign and scan the contract and e-mail it back to the school to reserve your position.

The school will now be able to apply for a work permit to the immigration authorities in Malaysia on your behalf. If your work permit is approved, you will be sent a letter confirming this to be the case.

The letter from immigration will need to be delivered to your nearest Malaysian embassy in your home country. The embassy will put a single-entry stamp in your passport. It can take several days to get the stamp. You can now travel to Malaysia. After you arrive in Malaysia on your single-entry visa, you will soon be referred to the local immigration office to be issued with your full visa and working permit.

Applying for a Visa to Teach in Korea

The E2 visa is what you need to legally teach English in South Korea. It is usually valid for 12 months (the length of a typical contract) from the date of entry into the country and of course, it’s renewable. In order to be eligible for this visa, teachers must hold a Bachelor’s Degree (either 3 or 4 years) from an accredited University in a native English-speaking country.

Your E2 visa will only allow you to work at the specific school which sponsors your visa. You cannot work at another school unless you receive a special permission from immigration on your visa. When you receive your visa, it will be a single-entry visa. If you wish to travel internationally while in Korea, as many teachers do, you will need to apply for a multiple re-entry visa at the immigration office in Korea. This is very easy to obtain and usually costs 50.000 KRW.

Once you arrive in Korea and start working, you will need to apply for your Alien Registration Card at Korean immigration. You will need this Alien Registration Card to start your health insurance, open a bank account and wire money back home. It must be completed within the first 90 days after arriving in Korea, but will normally be done in the first two weeks. Don’t worry, your school will help you with all of this. Remember it’s in their interest that you settle in ok and that all legalities are dealt with straight away. They have put a lot of time into hiring you so they won’t want anything left out, especially at this late stage.

 

How To Apply

If you’re still at home, getting your visa is probably your priority and the process takes a bit of time and effort. We will advise you on every step and make it as stress free as possible. Suffice to say, once it’s done and you’re here, you’ll wonder what you fretted about. It goes without saying that if you have any questions, please email us using our Contact us form on this site or directly through info@teachola.com .

 

To apply for the E2 visa, you will need the following:

  • 2 letters of recommendation (ink-signed and scanned)
  • Scanned passport photo (also bring 8 passport photos)
  • Information page of your passport (scanned)
  • Degree certificate (copy of your actual certificate, not a transcript, notarized and then apostilled by the Department of State/Foreign Affairs/FCO)
  • Teaching Certificate (TEFL certificate or teaching certificate or both)- where applicable
  • Criminal background check (original – notarized and then apostilled by the Department of State/Foreign Affairs/FCO)
  • Signed contract
  • Copy of your medical check report

Requirements to Teach in Thailand

To live and work in Thailand, you will need a Non-Immigrant Type B visa which will be issued upon your destination school obtaining a work permit on your behalf.

Upon completion of a successful interview with one of our team, the documents you provide will be sent to our client school in Thailand.

Your destination school in Thailand will review your documents and Teachola interview results. The school will then request a second interview with you. If the school would like to hire you, a contract will be issued for your consideration. Scan the contract with your signature and e-mail it back to the school to reserve your position.

Thailand has a visa system with processes and requirements that can change regularly. It is always advisable to consult with your nearest Thai consulate in your home country. The information below should be used as a guide only.

 

Applying for a Visa to Teach in Thailand

You can now apply for a Non-Immigrant Type B visa at your nearest Thai embassy. You will need to send the following documents by post with the appropriate visa fee as outlined on the application form.

  • Completed Visa Application Form
  • Passport and Photocopy of passport information page (validity not less than 6 months)
  • Two recent photographs (5 cm x 5 cm)
  • Copy of degree certificate (as proof of qualification)
  • Criminal background check certificate
  • Official recommendation letter from your school in Thailand to the Embassy
  • Confirmation of the term of the employment contract in Thailand (the Embassy reviews this)

When the embassy has received and reviewed the above documents and are satisfied with them, they will issue a non-immigrant type ‘B’ visa within a couple of days. This visa entitles the holder to a single entry to The Kingdom of Thailand for a period stay of 90 days.

Once you have entered Thailand and started work, your school will apply for a teacher’s license and working permit on your behalf, which will take about a week.

After your work permit and teacher’s license are granted, you will submit these documents along with your employment contract and employment certificate to the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok in order to apply for a visa extension to cover the entire term of employment at your new school.

Applying for a Visa to Teach in Vietnam

To live and work in Vietnam, you will need a work visa. When you have signed a contract, the school will apply for a 3-month, single-entry, extendable work visa for you, which you may have to collect at the “Visa upon arrival” counter at the airport in Vietnam. If so, they will email you a visa-on-arrival letter a week before departure to enable you to collect your visa. The school will generally require a scan of your passport and flight details in order to organize this.

Due to government regulations regarding work permits, you will need to bring with you:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate and a notarized, apostilled & legalized copy.
  • Your original CELTA/TEFL certificate
  • Your original clean police check certificate dated within 2 months of your start date, and a notarized, apostilled and legalized copy.

Documents need to be notarized, apostilled and legalized correctly in your country of origin. This process must be completed in your home country and cannot be done in Vietnam (as different rules apply for documents issued in other jurisdictions). Immigration does not require an onward flight booking prior to entry with this type of visa, so you can purchase a one-way flight if you prefer. Many teachers do this as they have plans to remain in the region and travel after finishing their contract in Vietnam.

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