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China Foreign Teacher Requirements For 2018 - Much Stricter

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:24 pm    Post subject: China Foreign Teacher Requirements For 2018 - Much Stricter Reply with quote

2018 brings ESL & TEFL Teachers even stricter credential requirements from the Chinese government to teach English in China. This is due to a growing number of arrests and "incidents" by fake teachers caught using fake diplomas and/or TEFL certificates. So the Public Security Bureau of China and SAFEA have decided upon adding some more restrictions in their foreign teacher requirements as follows:

1.) Applicants must now be native English speakers holding passports from America, Canada, U.K. Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

2.) Applicants must be 22-55 at time of application (you can teach up to age 60 in China)

3.) Applicants must have a verifiable bachelor degree from an accredited university (and yes they do check now)

4.) Applicants must have 2 years of previous teaching experience OR a post-graduate degree

5.) Applicants must submit a certified hard copy original police certificate proving they have no criminal record

6.) You must be disease-free and obtain a health certificate

7.) You must have a legitimate Z visa (work visa) in your passport before working a single day in China

Do not believe any recruiter BS that the law has been amended or they have an "exemption certificates" or "you do not need a Z visa or any degree for your first 90 day probationary period" or any of these other common lies:

If you are a qualified teacher, by all means welcome to China. If you think you can sneak in and work without a degree or Z visa, you had better read this here:

If you have questions read this forum thoroughly and visit or , or .
The CFTU is China's first and only private labor union representing the 25,000+ foreign teachers now working in China. Visit our website at for details and join our cause if you agree with it!
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