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Z-VISA in the UK

Michael Tyler

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Single entry Chinese Z-VISA
Single entry Chinese Z-VISA

Timescales and costs involved in getting a Chinese Z-VISA in the UK.

1) Getting a CRC (Criminal Record Check) for an Individual in the UK

The first document you’re going to require – CRC or Criminal Record Check. Background check. Whatever.

In the UK this document is surrounded by Bureaucracy and red-tape. Arranging one for an individual is ‘not possible’, they can only be done for organisations.

This is a lie. Of the many people I spoke to, they all told me this. “You need to be from a company”.

This is to prevent individuals abusing their lack of criminal record, like you might abuse your medical records… I guess…. But in the UK, it’s very important that the only people to KNOW you’re not a criminal are companies. You cannot be trusted with the truth.

That’s what they tell you.

It’s actually a lie. I guess, to make money.

You need to go the right website https://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/. This site will give you a background or criminal record check for the UK.

The site will provide any individual with a basic disclosure about their criminal records as held on file by the UK police service.

This disclosure is now a requirement for any UK national wishing to take up a teaching position.

Total time 5 days.

2) Invitation Letter/Experts Certificate

The experts certificate takes two weeks.

The invitation letter, much longer. I ended up waiting for nearly a month for mine.

Some provinces in China require that all foreigners arrive with a Z-Visa. The province that I work in, Zhejiang province, has this requirement.

Total time (30th Sept – 22nd October.)  22 days.

3)Expedite

Formal documentation is required.

My company chose to post DHL express. Originals are required by the passport office.

Total time 2 days.

4) Apply for Z-Visa + Processing

At the Manchester consulate. 3 and 4 day services. I took 3.

£90.

Total time 3 days.

 

Total time:  32days (not including non-working days and weekends).

Total cost: £115 + travel

 

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5 comments:

  1. Hi, I am waiting for my invitation letter etc. for a teaching job in China, Shanghai. It should be here any day now and I am looking into the best way to get my Z visa. I’ll be doing this in Manchester but looking into it I am so confused. Can you please give me the website of the place where you got yours? I thought it cost a couple of hundred quid but you’ve put £90. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

  2. Thank you so much for the help
    I’ve just received my paperwork now so I’m making an appointment with them

    Lindsey

  3. Hi,

    Do I need to get copies of my degree and Criminal Check apostilled? And then get it authenticated by the Chinese embassy?

    Cheers,

    Shaun.

    1. I don’t think so.
      They do in Saudi and Vietnam. Not the case in China yet.
      Individual schools may have additional requirements. They’ll let you know what’s required when you apply.

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