Teachers who come to China must get a Z visa, the visa required to be able to work here. You can get your Z visa
through the Chinese Consulates in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, or the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.
Before applying for your Z visa you will need some documents from the school. Once you have signed your
contract, the documents you require will be sent to you by courier.
Make sure that your passport is up to date, has at least 6 blank pages, and at least a year remaining before
expiration. Although the passport can be easily updated in China through the Canadian Consulate, doing so can
create a number of problems associated with your visa status.
Please keep all receipts from your visa as you will need these in order to be reimbursed by the school.
Once you arrive, the support staff at Sino-Canada will begin acquiring a residency permit for you. As a requirement
for residency, each teacher must undergo a medical check at the Travel Clinic in Wujiang. The test will include a
chest x-ray, ultra-sound, hearing and vision tests, and blood tests. This is a modern clinic which often provides
medical checks for Westerners arriving in China. It should be noted that anyone with HIV or sexually transmitted
diseases will not be admitted to China.
Your residency permit and long stay visa will be processed upon your arrival in China. Your resident visa is placed
in your passport. You will need to show your passport any time you travel in China by air or train and when you
stay in a hotel.