Filipino Teachers Can Go To China Via Direct Hire

Filipino ESL teachers direct hire in china
Ken currently lives in China and works for National Geographic Learning as an ESL teacher. When he is not teaching, he builds websites and writes blogs. He also helps teachers obtain a TESOL certificate and get a teaching job in China.
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          1. Hello Kenjie! I’m a fresh grad and I’m planning to go to China to be an english teacher. Would it be possible to know how you were able to get a TESOL certification? Thank you.

          2. Hi, sir ask ko lang po need po ba ipaauthenticate yung medical certificate na galing sa My health clinic? Thanks po

        1. Hello po I’m already at processing for z visa and I have a working permit na rin..what are the documents I need to submit to the embassy? Should I bring business license, passport id , and contract to the embassy or working permit + my documents enough napo?

          1. Bring a photocopy of your contract along withthe original. We have an active wechat GC (PH teachers across China) where we discuss all thing OEC, Visa, DFA. Join us. You can ask all kinds of questions around being a PH teacher in China. My wechat ID is riyuzaki007.

    1. Yes. 1. Look for an employer in China. 2. Employer checks and verifies requirements. 3. Employer applies work permit (done in China). 4. Chinese embassy in the Philippines issues work visa. 5. POEA issues OEC.

      1. Hi Kenjie, thanks for this! When you say look for an employer in China, you have to go there first on a tourist visa and then either walk in or apply online or could you look for an employer online while in the Philippines and that will work just as well? Thanks! 🙂

    2. Hi Sir,
      Thank you for this post. This is really helpful. My concern is that I applied online and was contacted by an agent. He then referred me to an institution and I was interviewed by school representatives. I am lucky that they liked me and wanted me to start ASAP. Part of the process is that I need to deposit 6k RMB to the agent even before I have my documents authenticated. 3,800RMB for visa processing and 2,200RMB will be reimbursed back to me when I sign the contract with the school in China. Of course I have to pay 1725 RMB to the agent as the fee. He asked me to send him the requirements and he will be applying for the work visa. The agent also told me that I no longer need to go to POEA.

      I have so many concerns. The agent had sent me the contract between me and the agency in China (VISFFOR), I will sign the contract with the school when I get there. Is this scenario OK? Also, the fees being asked after signing the contract, is this OK, too?
      Lastly, are you aware of this type of recruitment process happening in China for overseas workers? Your response will be greatly appreciated.

      1. Common sense tells me, you’ve found a scammer! If the company isn’t, the agent might be. Never ever heard of any recruiters in China demanding such deposit plus agent fee! Run!

  1. Very informative..thanks for the blog post sir..I have application po but on Facebook thru a Filipino recruiter. I don’t know if its legit. Can you please guide as on where to find legit employers? Thank you.

    1. My pleasure to have helped you. As long as the employer is willing to provide a Chinese work visa, it should be legit. Add me on WeChat. I could probably lead you to some employers I think legit. My WeChat id is riyuzaki007.

  2. Hi, Ken. Thanks for sharing your experience in obtaining your Z visa. Your blog is very informative and it serves as our guide in going through the same process. It’s such a great help. Thanks again!

  3. Thank you so much Mr. Ken for the very helpful tips. Appreciate you for stating the process in getting a Z visa. Hope to hear from you again in getting a legit employer in China.

  4. Hey Ken,

    Very informative post. 👍

    Any idea about how it works for Indians? I am a TESOL certified bilingual teacher (English & Spanish) with a university degree and about 8 years of teaching experience in South America and Vietnam. Currently, teaching in Vietnam.


    1. I wouldn’t have done it without your relentless support. I was standing on your shoulders while writing this blog post. Meanwhile, your A4 paper will stay in my WeChat favourites for as long as I live. Thanks a billion to you!

  5. Hi Kenjie,

    Your post is really helpful and thank you for this.
    I’m soon moving to China too and few questions, is your TESOL academy based here in PH? because mine is based in Canada and they advised me that they’ll do the Chinese Authentication from there and I’m not sure whether I can also do the Authentication here in PH.

  6. Glad you found my post useful. Yes, based in the PH. TESOL authentication I believe can/must be done at the Chinese embassy in the Philippines. (Applicant’s country of origin). As long as your TESOL certificate contains a seal from the Chinese embassy, then it’s good to go.

  7. Thank you so much for this, Ken!

    Do you know some legit employers in China? I’m currently in Philippines, and looking for work online. I have 2-year teaching experience in one of the campuses of a university in Camarines Sur. I also gained several masteral units in English education in the graduate school.

    This would mean a lot. I hope to hear from you soon. God bless!!

  8. Sir ken,
    sharing your experience is so helpful.
    what about if my documents are using the old red ribbon format by dfa plus it was already authenticated by chinese embassy last March.
    Do I need to process a new one in order to apply for z-visa?
    pls help..

  9. I know someone with documents being red-ribboned last March as well. He has no issues with his visa. You should be fine. The Apostille won’t invalidate the recently-issued red-ribboned documents.

  10. Hi Sir Ken! I’m Filipino too. I’m currently finishing my certification. But I’ve been reading news that they wont issue Z visa for non-native English speakers (TEFL teachers) anymore. Is this true? I don’t want to work without proper permits. Thank you 🙂

    1. The news has been around since time immemorial. Nonetheless, there are many Filipinos holding Z visa in China working as English teachers. Just make sure your employer can issue a Z visa.

  11. Thanks for sharing sir!
    I just have a question. I applied here thru agency. I just want to know, if the said 2-yr experience is exactly 24months or 2 school year is enough? thanks.

  12. Hi! I also want to teach in China, however a lot of recruiters still say that they don’t accept Philippine passport holders as English teacher in China. I still have a lot of questions and I have a problem creating an account on WeChat, can you give me your email, so I can message you there? (hope you wont mind) Thank you!!!

    1. There are schools accepting PH teachers. Would have been better if you have WeChat. Try to create one. I created a group where PH teachers already in China and those who are waiting for their visas/OEC’s discuss all things about working in China.

      Alternatively, reach out to me via Facebook. Or via contact page.

  13. Hi Sir Kenji,
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Your story is inspiring. Your audacity reflects the heart of a Filipino.
    I first read your blog when I was looking for opportunities now in the process of doing the interviews and paperwork. I was just reminded of you.
    The Liason officer assisting me made mention to get a Z visa; but with your list there are a lot of prerequisite documents needed before getting one, will I send this info first to her? She made mention about the difficulty of getting an OEC for Direct Hire as well. Which is to accomplish first getting the OEC or the Z visa?
    Thanks so much for your help.
    Would be ok to add you up in facebook or WeChat when I get the app. Thanks again.

  14. Hello Kenjie. Thanks so much for sharing the info. I am currently looking for a Filipino English teacher to teach high-schoolers in China. I wonder if I may consult you on wechat.


  15. Very informative and detailed. Thanks Kenjie! I’m currently looking for a job right now and every time I tell them I’m from the PH they started saying “it’s difficult to secure Z Visa for Filipinos, blah blah blah” but upon reading this I got more excited. KKKK. Thanks a lot! Hope you’re having a great time!

  16. What you said means a lot to me. Thank you for reading though and share this article to your friends please. Please add me on WeChat (riyuzaki007) as well. I could add you to our group.

  17. Hello just want to ask.. should all of the submitted documents for dfa authenticAtion be certified true copy or original? Will i be able to retrieve my originals? Also, I have an online TEFL certificate, should it also be authenticated? The company only sent me a pdf form of the cert?

  18. Hi! Thanks for a very informative info. I just wonder if everything goes the same here in the Chinese embassy in Cebu?

  19. Hello Ken, thanks for the info. Having a 2 yrs expi as a teacher is a must? I want to work as an english teacher but i dont have any experience. But I’m a psychology graduate. Can u help me? Thanks a lot

  20. Hello Kenjie,

    I would like to ask if you went to POEA and OWWA after obtaining the Z Visa. Because I heard that the Immigration will ask for an overseas employment certificate issued by OWWA (not really sure about the term).

    Looking forward for your response.



  21. Hello Sir! This is very helpful 🙂 Thanks much. I am applying for work in China. I already have my passport and still looking for job. I am an English teacher and have been teaching for 9 years now. Hope you can help me with mt TESOL and application. Thanks and more power:)

    Gaanu po katagal ung duration ng application process bago ka makapunta directly sa China and how’s your work there now?

  22. Glad I found your blog! You explained it thoroughly and with pictures. Very realistic. Already sent you a friend request on WeChat hope you confirm. Thanks in advance. God bless!

  23. Hello Sir , we went to POEA and they told us that in every company they only cater 5 person for direct hire and they advised us to go through an agency. Do you have any agency that can accomodate us bound to china?

  24. Hi kenjie! Great article! Corporate yuppie here considering shifting careers.
    Was wondering if getting a CELTA in China (or from any other accredited CELTA study center) and then maybe teaching first in thailand (since it’s less stricy when it comes to nationalities) then finally applying as an esl teacher in China would work too? Im thinking of working in another country first since u mentioned at least 2yrs work exp is needed first.

    1. You don’t have to go to Thailand to accumulate experience. Do you have experience teaching kids online? By the way, do you WeChat? I can help you with TESOL. Forget CELTA. Add me on Facebook (Suarez Ken).

      1. I got no teaching experience yet. I work in the corporate world :\

        That’s why I’m thinking of either getting into CELTA or Trinity TESOL Cert, instead of just the usual TEFL cert, since I don’t have the educational or work background of a teacher… and also, i ain’t white. LOL

  25. Hi. Good day po! I want to apply as a teacher in China but I don’t have an employer yet. Someone has interviewed me already two weeks ago but offering me a private tutor job. Can you please guide me? Where can I find an employer?

  26. Hi Mr kenjie, my friend share me your page. I am also curious to be a teacher in china. But my case has a different situation, can i ask you something in private? Maybe you could help me. Thanks

    1. Hi Kenji! Your post is so informative and gives idea to all for processing. I just ant to ask regarding my degree, it’s BSHRM. Can i still teach in China using this degree? Or should i still need to get Teacher Certification Program to qualify?

  27. Hi, Sir! Thank you for a very informative blog.
    I have been applying online for a teaching work in China, but sadly, they require native english speakers. I really want to teach and explore there.
    Is there any way you could help me to find a teaching job or a site for me to apply? Please. Thank you so much! ☺

      1. Hi! I tried registering on WeChat but there’s a security check. Someone must help me to register by entering my mobile number in his WeChat account. Can you help me with this? Thank you!

  28. Hello Kenjie! I’m wondering if I can also get hired as an ESL teacher in China despite that I am an undergraduate. My employer who happens to be my student online wants to hire me. I have been an English teacher online for almost 9 years to Koreans and Chinese and also have my TESOL certificate. Is there any way I can be hired directly in the absence of my diploma or is it safe to be tourist first then process my working visa there? My Chinese employer and I are desperate enough. I hope you can respond to my email. Thankyou so much

  29. Hi Sir, I was wondering if you have any tips for someone not related to teaching profession but wanted to shift to teaching career. I am a Bachelor’s Degree holder in Accounting, but I have not taken the CPA licensure exam since I wanted to change my career. Can I get a TESL even even with my current Diploma?

    1. As long as you have a Bachelors degree, you’re good. I personally know someone who is an Accountancy graduate and who I recommended to my employer. She is now working as an ESL teacher in China. She is more than happy with her current job. It also depends. Do you have an ESL teaching experience? Are you passionate about teaching kids? When it comes to TESOL certificate, I can help. Contact me via WeChat (riyuzaki007) or Facebook (Suarez Ken).

      1. Sir, I am very interested on knowing how. I have sent you a message request through Facebook. Hope you can check it po.

  30. Hi Sir. Thanks for your helpful information for aspiring ESL teachers to China. I’m also of them. But, i have some questions. I’ve been applying online numerous times as an English teacher in Vietnam, but no luckn yet. I even joined the FB group Filipino English Teachers in Vietnam to increase my luck. I’m TESOL certified. Someone is trying to help me work China as an ESL teacher but she’s currently in Iceland. It just happened that her boss who is located in China is needing an ESL teacher ASAP. When i asked her how can i get a work permit application form, she told me that i’ll need to get a travel visa to China first and the school in China will help me get the working visa. What can you say about this? Or may i know what you can recommend perhaps? Thanks

  31. Hi Mr. KIenjie, your post is very inspiring for teachers like me who wish to work abroad as an English teacher. I am very interested to get TESOL certificate to be bale to teach abroad as well. Please let me know how to acquire it. I am very interested.

  32. Hi Mr. Kenjie, your post is very inspiring for teachers like me who wish to work abroad as an English teacher. I am very interested to get TESOL certificate to be bale to teach abroad as well. Please let me know how to acquire it. I am very interested.

  33. Hello Sir, thank you very much for your amazing blog and suggestions! I have a BA which I have completed in the Philippines and a TEFL certificate from UK. To work in China, do I need to hold a BA froman English speaking country or my Filipino degree will be ok?

  34. Good afternoon Sir Kenjie!
    Your blog is really comprehensive and helpful to us.
    Thank you so much for this.
    But, i just want to ask if it is okay to have my papers authenticated in Chinese Embassy in China after getting an apostille in DFA.
    Also, my friend ask me, if I can also do the same in Taiwan.. I mean, can she also have her papers authenticated in Taiwan Embassy after getting an apostille from DFA.

    Thank you sir!
    God speed!

    1. After DFA, your documents (NBI, TESOL, SCHOOL DOCS) must be authenticated at the Chinese embassy in the Philippines. Embassies exist in our country for a reason. They are responsible for things like docs authentication.

  35. Hello Kenji, I’ve worked in China before, but I am currently in Qatar. Do I have to do PDOS and PEOS again? Thanks.

  36. Hello, Sir Kenji thank you for this information. Helps a lot, I think it will be a journey to obtain these document. May I know what institution did you get for TESOL certificate? Thank you!

  37. Hello sir Kenjie! Ask ko lang po what specific school hires Filipina teachers? Most schools there in China hire only NES teachers. Please help me po, I want to bean English teacher in China. God bless po!

  38. Thanks for this information. Its very helpful. Any updates on the current ESL situation there. Im planning to move there.. hopefully soon

  39. Hi Sir. I am currently working in a corporate world but want to shift career. I am an AB Language graduate with 1 school year teaching experience but in College. I want to take tesol ang very much interested to work in China. I want to seek further advice from you but I don’t have wechat. Couldn’t seem to find your fb page. Is there any social media that I can communicate with you? Hope you will notice this. Thanks!

  40. Hi kenjie… I would like to apply as an English Teacher in China. Can you please help me find an employer? Thank you very much…

  41. Hello sir ken! Thanks a lot po para sa informative blog post. May tanong lang po ako. Kailangan po ba na PRC certified or okay na po ang TESOL certified lang? Thanks in advance po sa reply.

        1. Hi Mr Ken, searching your wechat ID as riyuzaki007 but cant find it.. bec i want to join your wechat group thanks..

  42. Thanks sir Ken for sharing these invaluable pieces of information. I am considering going to China with my boyfriend who is also a teacher, but no PRC license, do you think we can both find teaching jobs in the same school, or the same place at least? I’d be glad if you reply. Thanks again.

  43. Hello sir! Thank you so much! I know it will help me a lot. I am planning to teach there in china but I don’t have 2 years experience yet all I have is online teaching experience. I’ve been thinking how I can have COE. I hope you can help me sir. Any advice? Thanks a lot.

  44. Good Day Ken! Your article is a blessing and an inspiration I have been teaching preschoolers for more than 20yrs with 1 1/2 years of masteral units on Early Childhood Educ plus several semesters of college teaching locally. I’m so excited to find out that your working for National Geographic Learning because I’ve been learning a lot from their library of well-crafted teaching videos! It would be such a great help if you could point me to the right direction towards finding a legit employer in China. Again thanks for the article and do keep safe!

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