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    December 2021 Update:

    After over a year of very positive, optimistic updates we are making a more realistic update.

    It is almost impossible to get a new visa for China at this time.  The companies that are offering positions/work permits seem to be  just processing with hopes that China immigration will resume issuing visas soon.

    We recommend that you contact us in the spring. Authenticated police checks/DBS documents are only valid for 6 months. Preparing/Processing necessary documents now means that there is a high risk that the documents will expire and you need to get the documents again later.

    Hopefully Covid will not be an issue at that time and we can resume processing visas.


    We will leave the updates from earlier in the year so you have an idea of what has transpired…

    June Update:

    At this time we continue to communicate with officials and look for ways to have PU letters either released easier or for confirmations or ways in which the PU letters are not needed for teachers applying for their Z-visas.

    Meanwhile new contracted MEF English teachers are taking their Free TEFL course certification, optional Chinese lessons and preparing all of the necessary documents so that documents can be processed as soon as things open up.

    June Update for Canada Teachers:
    When asked if the PU letter is still required when fully vaccinated, the visa processing centre explained “PU letter exemption is for applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines. Moderna is not a Chinese Vaccine.”

    April Update for US Teachers:
    According to reuters.com,
    “Beijing has started to accept vaccination records from people seeking to enter China who have been inoculated in the United States with COVID-19 shots made by U.S. drug makers.
    Travellers who have had the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)-BioNTech (22UAy.DE) shot or the Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N)vaccines can submit proof as part of the documentation needed for entry into China, the Chinese embassy in Washington said in an April 16 statement.”
    Here is the full story:

    After hearing this news we contacted the UK Embassy and they replied:
    “The Visa Policy varies from countries. The news in email does not apply in the UK.”

    Further updates/corrections to past updates:
    1. There was an announcement first that if a US citizen had the Chinese Vaccine then they no longer needed the PU letter (just the work permit invitation letter) when applying for the work visa.  Then there was an announcement that China is accepting other vaccines (see note above), but when we applied for a work visa at the Chinese embassy they requested the PU letter again.

    We confirmed with the UK Embassy they said that the PU letter was still required.  When one of the UK teachers asked they said that if the teacher had the Chinese vaccine they they did not need the PU letter.

    Regardless it seems that the PU letter is either not needed or not being issued easily.

    2. People who have the Sinovac or Coronavac (Chinese vaccination) are able to enter China to work. When China made this announcement it was frustrating as the Chinese Vaccine would not be found outside of China (or at least not in the countries they will allow Z-visas for English teachers.)
    3. Most of the Chinese Embassies (Visa offices) have opened their document authentication services and visa services again.

    What if there is a delay?

    Most of the teachers we are hiring now, we are hiring to start as soon as possible. We will adjust the contract dates and get teachers there as quickly as we can.  We also have some teachers that are preparing now to start the next school year (from the end of August), which is also possible.

    Will I be Quarantined

    It is hard to know what will happen a month or two from now, but there is a good chance that countries will keep precautions in place including probably quarantine. We are not able to say exactly what we will do in each circumstance.  For example, for costs we cannot guarantee paying for any outcome, but we also do not expect teachers to have to pay for everything either. Usually we offer something in the middle that teachers have understood and felt to be generous if not reasonable.

    Will I need to have the vaccine before I can travel

    This is not the case at the moment, but it seems that many countries may start to only accept people to enter if they have the vaccine.


    How is China Now?

    When comparing China to most other countries, China seems to be safer.

    The teachers currently have to wear masks when they go outside. Most have to get their temperature taken when they leave their apartment complex, enter any public building and when they arrive at their school.

    Inside the classroom, we have stopped things like high-fives and there is more hand washing, etc. (like most schools in the world now)

    Each school/area has their own rules, but at this time teachers are not needing to teach all day with a mask on and most have said that things are basically back to normal at their schools.

    Life seems to be almost back to normal (like before Covid) inside China.


    Arriving in China 

    First teachers in the hiring process should understand that it will take some time to prepare and the policies keep changing, so it hard to say what exactly it will be like when you arrive.

    Currently China is requiring a Covid19 test results received within 3 days of taking your flight to be shown before they will allow you to take the flight.

    There is a chance of quarantine, like everywhere. We are hoping that in the time it takes teachers to prepare their work permit documents and get their visa there will not be outbreaks and restrictions will be lowered.


    What if there is an outbreak?

    When the big outbreak happened before, schools in China were closed for around 5 months.  The majority of our teachers stayed.  Some work was still available and the basic living expenses were covered while teachers were not able to work.

    Looking forward, it is hard to say exactly what we would do in any given situation. Every country and business cannot promise everything will be perfect regardless of the direction Covid takes.  What we can promise is that MEF will try our best and keep good communication like we are known for.

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