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In short, eligibility is simple: Do you have a degree from a four-year degree granting institution, and are you a citizen of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa?  Those are the two primary requirements, but there is a bit more. 

Detailed Requirements

1. University or college degree/diploma

To teach in China, you must have a four year, bachelors degree, at a minimum.  Any combination of certificates, qualifications, or degrees under bachelors degree does not count. 

2. Passport holder from a Native English speaking country

As long as you have a valid passport from one of the following native English speaking countries, you are qualified to work in China as an English teacher: UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa. 

3. Two years teaching experience or a minimum 120 hour TEFL certificate holder

In order to qualify as for a Z visa, candidates are required to have two years teaching experience or have taken a minimum 120 hour TEFL, TESOL or CELTA course. If you have a degree in Education or English, you do not need teaching experience or an ESL/EFL teaching certificate. If you do not pass these any of these requirements, we will assist you in signing up for a TEFL course (we recommend TFA TEFL). 

4. Clean criminal record

To apply for a visa in China, all applicants must submit a criminal background check to prove that they are outstanding citizens in their home country.

Additional Suggestions

1. Age 21 to 55

In our experience, we have found it difficult to hire teachers outside this age range due to social insurance limitations on age. 

2. Positive demeanor

We have had people succeed, and we have had people find that teaching English in China was not precisely for them.  Where ever you fall on that spectrum, we have found that being very cooperative, staying positive, and always being willing to try new things, helps everyone to be successful.

3. Excellent soft skills

Let's face it.  Teaching requires excellent communication skills, ESL teaching even more so.  We have found that the best teacher possesses excellent communication skills to do the best work they can. 

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