It's about the time again when people start looking at getting their visas done in advance of arriving in China. I posted this around this time last year and thought it would be useful - but if some others who have more recent experience could check it, I'd be grateful as I know things have changed and other cities are different! OK, here's my understanding of how the process works. Please can anyone who has completed it this year check, and if it still matches I'll write it up as a separate post and ask the mods to sticky it! This applies to UK nationals getting UK documents legalized - documents from elsewhere will follow a similar process. Firstly, your documents need to be legalized by the Foreign Office. This means that you need to take them with a copy to a notary or other solicitor, who will sign them off as a certified copy. There may be a charge for this. Once you have done this, go to the Foreign Office website - https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised - and follow the process there. It takes about 3 - 5 working days to complete and be returned to you. The second step is then to get it legalized at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. This can be done at the Embassy in London, or the Consulates in Edinburgh and (I think) Manchester. They do not accept postal applications though - you either have to go in person or send someone on your behalf. You need to take with you your passport, a copy of your passport, and the documents you want legalized. If someone else attends, they will need to take their passport, and a copy of your passport (but not the original) as well as the documents. Again, this process can take 5 - 6 working days to complete - you will be given a time and date to pick up your documents. You don't need an appointment to lodge the legalization documents, but make sure you check the opening times with the consulate as they do vary. The next stage will then depend on the visa you are getting and to some extent the school you are going to. The school will then send you a letter confirming your employment. You then have to make an appointment at the Chinese visa office - this is in a different location to the consulates and embassy - through the website https://www.visaforchina.org/ . (Note - Manchester and London can be very busy, but the Edinburgh office much less so, therefore if you're in the north of England it might be worth a trip to Edinburgh to do!) They will check and accept your documents, give you a receipt and a date and time when they can be picked up - allow about a week for this. Et voila - you have your Z visa!