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.

    Thanks.

    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..
    thanks!

  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.
    Blessings

  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.

    Thanks.

  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.

    Thanks!

    April

  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

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