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Legalization Guide

Before you can work in China you will need to obtain a Chinese Z Visa. Before you can send off your visa application, you will need to get several documents legalized.


This will cost you approximately £650 and takes around one and a half months (including time taken to obtain documents).


There are two ways to complete a legalization, by doing it yourself or by using Raising Ltd Visa Services.


The legalization process can be exhausting and stressful, so why not let us take care of it for you?

Using our legalization services can save you a lot of time and money. For £500 we will manage the process and ensure everything is completed. All you need to do is send us your documents and we will take care of the rest.

Give us a call on 0121 281 2180 or email info@raising-recruitment for details.


Step 1: Gather your documents

Before you can begin the legalization process, you will need to ensure you have hard copies of all the required documents. These typically include: your degree certificate, DBS check (with 6 months validity remaining after the relocation date) and TEFL certificate.


A DBS check must be completed via gov.uk and will cost £23.

To apply for a DBS check, visit the gov.uk website.


Step 2: Notarization


Documents must be certified by a UK notary public first. This can be done by a certified notary public or a solicitor that offers notarisation services.


This will cost approximately £75 per document with an additional £16 for return service postage 


Step 3: Legalization

The FCO must legalize the signature, stamp or seal of a British public official such as a solicitor, notary public, registrar or an official chamber of commerce. This is also called an Apostille certificate.

This costs £60 per document with an additional £16 return service postage.

For more information on FCO legalization, visit the gov.uk website



Step 4: Chinese authentication

The Chinese General Consulate will verify and seal (excluding contents of documents) documents legalised by the FCO, making them ready for use by in P.R China.

Chinese consulates in the UK no longer accept postal applications so you must travel to and from your nearest consulate to submit your documents and collect them. (travel costs estimated at a minimum of £40)

This will cost £47 per document with additional travel costs to and from consulate

For more information on sending documents to the Chinese Consulate, visit their website.



Step 5: Scanning and sending to China

After the first three steps are completed, scanned versions of these documents should be sent to your schools or Raising Recruitment. After this it will take up to 3 weeks to be given your work notification letter.


Total cost of completing all legalization steps yourself can add up to or over £650.


For information on applying for familial visas (for spouses, children etc) click here.